How many of us go through life garnered by routine and endless to-do lists? Everyone knows being a business owner typically means living your life centered around your business’s needs, and not necessarily your own. It means being consistently packed down with things to get done, errands to run, and meetings to attend. And while I used to LOVE (and even think I excelled at times with) a heavy load or chock-full schedule, it can definitely wear you down over time, ultimately leading to unhappiness in your career, your home, and your life.
"Beware of the barrenness of a busy life." - Socrates
So, what can we do to lessen the fullness of our workloads and get back the fullness of our lives?
1. Live simply
Work smarter, not harder. We've all heard that saying, but how many of us have put it into practice? There are so many books revolving around this topic, but the one I hear most about is Tim Ferriss's "The 4-Hour Work Week."
Another way to simplify your life and your daily schedule is to simply get rid of things that don’t really matter- I’m talking full on Marie Kondo your life- does it bring you joy? No, well stop doing it or find another way.
2. Treat yo’ self
Our second tip is brought to us from our favorite Parks and Recreation duo, Tom and Donna, and that is to treat yo’ self!
Do things that make you happy and add a little pampering into your routine. Take time to relax in the bath tub, get a massage, or go to the hair appointment you’ve been putting off for ages (trust us, your roots will thank you)!
Every morning, I get up a little earlier to drink my coffee while SITTING on the porch (not driving or running around). I'll typically read or watch the people as they drive off to begin their days. In the evening, I try to light a candle and throw on a face mask, while I sit and listen to some relaxing for just easy ten minutes. It’s adding little self-care routines like this that make my days so much more enjoyable. Try it!
3. Mix it up
So far, this blog post has focused on un-cluttering your life so that you can fill it with vibrancy and passion, instead of dull routines that leave you feeling, well, bare and a more-than-a-little empty inside.
What better way to jump out of your routine than to get out of your comfort zone? Earlier this year, I started taking pottery classes every Saturday morning- not only did I do something different, but I learned a new skill. This fall, I'm even considering taking violin lessons!
Overall, it's easy to get sucked into a routine, it makes everything a little easier, but it can eventually lead to a pretty dull life. So, SNAP OUT OF IT and let us know what you're doing to fill your life back up!!
P.S. Don't forget that one of the best ways to help clean up your busy schedule is to bring in a Business Coach. Our biggest product is "Reduced Stress." We at Out of the Box Advisors, focus on writing these types of blogs to help clear your head as a business owner and hopefully enrich your life just a little bit more.