Last week was one of those weeks in my business when I literally was so busy I forgot to eat. I’m not kidding. One day I looked up from my computer and it was 3:00 in the afternoon. I hadn’t eaten since about 5:30 in the morning, when I had about 8 ounces of a protein shake. I’d been saying for the previous four hours, “I’ve got to stop and eat” and then kept right on working, trying to keep up with the huge “to do” list I had. I was getting ready to launch a brand new program with a free webinar (happening today if you’re interested) and had a huge to-do list.
Being self-employed is wonderful and has lots of benefits, but what I’ve found is that one of the major downfalls of working from home (especially for women), is forgetting to take care of ourselves. You’ve heard the analogy about putting on your own oxygen mask before anyone else’s, right? What that teaches us is that when you neglect something as basic as eating (or taking the time to actually run to the bathroom and pee), something’s seriously wrong with the harmony in your life.
We all know why it happens (too much to do in your direct sales business, chores that keep piling up, sick kids, etc.). The question is, what can you do about it? One thing I can tell you from experience, the demands on your time probably won’t be changing any time soon. Especially with the busy Fall and holiday selling seasons in your direct sales business just around the corner.
That means you’ve got to make a commitment to do a little for yourself, regardless of what you’ve got on your plate, at least once a week. Period. Without fail.
Here’s why… When you don’t take care of yourself, you get grumpy (and you know as well as I do that’s the nice word for it), you get overwhelmed, and you actually accomplish less. You can’t make a withdrawal from an account that’s already overdrawn. You simply MUST decide what you can do for yourself once in a while to make a deposit back into your emotional bank account. It doesn’t have to be huge but, like I tell my clients, shaving under your arms doesn’t count either.
Me? I walk away from the computer, watch a funny show on TV, (God bless my DVR!), or go outside and prune my roses. I go to Starbucks for a rare Carmel Macchiato and wander through our lovely, small-town down town. I drop in and get a pedicure or just take 15 minutes and sit and listen to the birds. I also listen to music. That can change my mood and add to my account faster than anything else. It doesn’t have to be anything huge. Just something that’s all mine, and just for me. Especially lately, since now I’m dealing with my husband’s cancer, it’s more important than ever.
The point is, when I actually take the time to recharge my batteries, everyone wins.
What are your thoughts, and what do you do for yourself when you get overdrawn?
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