With 2018 coming to a close, a lot of us are reflecting on the passing year.
Did you reach all your goals? Did you have an amazing year? Did you take a leap of faith? Did you experience an unfathomable loss? Did you have the worst year of your life?
No matter the outcome of the year, good or bad (although I hope for the good), you need to make yourself a priority in 2019, and I’ll tell you why.
I’m not going to lie, I had a pretty amazing year. My business turned a year old (YAY!), I surpassed all my business goals and I am coming out of this year debt free (with the exception of a few lingering Christmas presents on my Visa). I was able to pay off my car loan, student debt and take some time to travel. I will always be grateful for how amazing this year was, but with the good comes the bad.
Being able to surpass my business goals was amazing, but it took A LOT of work. I sacrificed date nights, spending time with my family and my sanity at times to please my clients and provide the quality of work that I strive for.
That won’t be happening in 2019.
Being able to establish a work-life balance is key to running a business. I will admit that I am a workaholic and I love keeping busy, but I also must remind myself that I can keep myself busy in other ways.
Keeping Yourself Busy
Instead of working late into the evening, plan an event or activity with friends. If your friends are busy, plan something by yourself. Make it something that you enjoy, a book club, hiking, a sport, going to the beach, going to the gym, finding a new hobby, whatever it is take some time to do something for yourself.
Take Your Weekends
This is something that I am very guilty of, working on the weekends. If I don’t have an event or activity, it’s nothing for me to pop open my laptop and get a jump start on next weeks work.
STOP DOING THIS!
You need to take at least two days per week off for yourself, and your sanity. If the weeks are the times that your business is the busiest then find some time during the week to spare (yes, you have some you just might need to move some things around a bit to achieve it). Scientists are saying that three-day weekends are actually better at improving performance at work and I’m only asking you to take two!!
Self-Care is so incredibly important for a person and when you’re not taking care of yourself, you’re not only damaging yourself and your body, but those around you as well. By not taking time to relax and unwind you can become increasingly stressed and the result of that can be taken out on your partner, loved ones, kids or friends.
Self-Care can be done in so many ways and not all of them have to be expensive or time consuming. For some it could be; having a glass of wine, curling up with a good book, taking a bubble bath (maybe all of those at once), spending the afternoon playing with your children, going to the spa, getting out with some friends, having a date night with your partner. All of those are examples of Self-Care, taking time for yourself, doing what you want to do.
Invest in Yourself
Another example of taking care of yourself is investing in yourself. Purchase a course or learn something that you have always wanted to in the new year. You’re worth it! Buy that gym membership or go to that networking event that seemed a little bit out of your budget. In order to go forward in your business, it’s best to learn as much as you can. Keep up to date on the changing market and be able to hit the ground running. Young or old, it doesn’t matter. We can never know everything!
For those of you who are not used to treating yourself, this article might sound a bit incredulous, but I can assure you that in order to have a great 2019 you need to put yourself first.
I leave you with a bit of a challenge, write down a list of 10 things you are going to do to put yourself first this year. Share the most important one in the comments!
I’ll start: I’m treating myself to a few expensive facials to treat my skin. I have always been self conscious of my skin and while it might not help me business-wise, it will give me the confidence that I need to tackle anything in the coming year.