*If you want to play your biggest game as an entrepreneur.
In my first 2-3 years of being a business owner and entrepreneur, pretty much all I did was work. I was completely new to the world of self-employment, so I just jumped straight in, head first.
My main focus was just doing good work, so that’s pretty much what I did for those first couple of years, with the odd adventure thrown in here and there. It was fun, but in the last year or two I’ve learned a lot about what it means to take care of yourself, and how to have more in your life than just your work and your business.
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Here’s another way to think about it:
You’re doing your audience and clients/customers a disservice if you’re not taking care of yourself or setting boundaries within your biz, because you can’t really create your best work if you’re always exhausted and overwhelmed. When you’re so ‘in the zone’ all of the time, you have no perspective, and you can’t approach anything with a truly fresh mind.
You just keep working and working and working, and you feel busy all of the time, but you don’t actually feel like you’re getting very far. It’s like you’re running full speed on a treadmill. Your legs are going as fast as you can, but you’re not actually moving anywhere . . . right?
Yep. We’ve all been there. Or maybe you’re there now. The good news is, there’s a way out, and it starts with you getting clear on how much you actually want to be working.
Here are some ways to create boundaries in your business:
- Think bigger, if you need to. Part of me creating a better schedule and more time for self-care included taking a step back and looking at what I was charging for my work, what I wanted my income to be, and how many hours I actually wanted to be working per week. After reviewing it all, I upped my prices and took on way less clients, so I could have more space on each project and a schedule that wasn’t jam packed all of the time. This might not be necessary for you — maybe you just need some basic boundaries — but it’s worth thinking about.
- Know when you work best. Are you a morning person? A night owl? What days of the week do you want to/can you be working? Get clear on these few things first, then you can plan your schedule and boundaries around them.
- Set specific days for specific tasks. Split up the days of the week for different areas of your business. e.g. Mondays are for working on your business. Tuesdays + Thursdays are client work days. Wednesday is admin day . . . you get the idea. But one suggestion here — make sure Monday includes something that gets you stoked + really excited. Kick off your week in the best way you know how.
- Set at least ONE whole day per week that doesn’t involve work, or being in front of a screen. If you can do more than one day — do it. Get outside. Take a road trip. Have a change of scenery.
- Set time for yourself. Put it in your schedule. Workouts, time to do nothing, going to the movies, going for a walk. Whatever you do to escape the noise + pratice self love, make sure it’s in your calendar. Even if you don’t have a particular activity planned, just schedule the time and do what you feel like doing when the time comes.
It all comes back to committing to being the best version of yourself — so you can feel awesome + alive within yourself, but also so you can serve and create from the best place possible in your business.
Have you got any tried + true tips for setting boundaries within your biz? Hit us up in the conversation box and let us know!