Effective Self Care for Women Entrepreneurs

Women Entrepreneurs have this wonderful tendency to put themselves last.

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You make sure that your team is in tip top shape and that projects are going well and often forget to take time for you as well.  It’s in our nature to think of others before ourselves.  The problem with that is eventually we’re going to get run down and that isn’t good for our businesses or families.

With that in mind, I thought I would share a few tips for self-care that any woman entrepreneur can tackle to make sure you are taking care of yourself so you can take better care of your business.

    • Make an Appointment with Yourself:  There should be a block of time each day where you do something for yourself.  This “something” needs to be relaxing or fun or let you indulge in something you are passionate about (besides your growing business).
    • Start the Day Right:  The way we end up greeting the day can really have an impact on how we function for the rest of the day.  Start your morning with a healthy routine.  Wake early, exercise, eat a healthy breakfast, and do something that inspires you.  Take care of yourself from the moment you wake up and your body and mind will take care of you the rest of the day.
    • Find a Growth Partner:  Ideas fill your heads all the time and it’s beneficial to find someone who is not directly associated with your business, but is knowledgeable in business, to bounce ideas off of.  This helps to organize your mind and focus your efforts so that you feel like you’ve had a little bit of time occasionally to clear out the cobwebs and make sense of your ideas.
    • Set Up a Dream Team:  Choosing your team members carefully and properly training them from the start means less headaches for us later.  When you have a capable crew, then the burden on your own shoulders gets lighter and you will  have time to take better care of yourself.
    • Create a Culture:  Not only should you have awesome people buzzing around your office, but you should also help them all learn about the kind of culture you want in the office.  If everyone understands how to maintain the atmosphere in the office, the culture can grow and everyone can benefit from it.  Say for instance that you want a culture where people are expected to be productive but also independently creative.  Be an example of that and have occasional trainings that discuss your ideas for office culture.
    • Schedule Vacations:  A vacation doesn’t need to be on some tropical island somewhere.  It can be as simple as a day trip or just a stay-at-home-and-unplug vacation.  This will do two things.  It will help you take some time for yourself and relax and recharge and it will train your team to manage things without you.
    • Don’t Put Things Off:  The more you put off for tomorrow, the more stress you pile on.  In order to truly take care of yourself, you need to learn how to stay on top of your tasks so that you can more easily manage normal stress levels.  This also means you need to evaluate your tasks occasionally to see if you’re spending time on unimportant things.
    • Simplify:  Are you scheduling too many staff meetings?  Is your paperwork procedure a little too complicated?  In order to feel relaxed and recharged each day we enter the office, we need to clearly understand what is before us and how to get things done.  When we complicate processes or conduct organized and inefficient meetings, we do no one any favors.
    • Find the Time Leaks:  Your time is precious and anything that wastes your time or asks for too much of it is draining.  Keep a time log for a week and find way in which time is being stolen from you or not being used efficiently and make fixes now.
    • Stay in Bed: There is no reason to push ourselves farther than we are able.  If you are sick or not feeling well, it’s your body telling you it’s time to take a rest.  Your business will not crumble because you took time to rejuvenate,  and sip soup.

Our lives, our families, and certainly our businesses only run well when we are well.  Take time to start working on things that will help you be the best you can be. >>click to tweet<<

Carla Kroger

Carla is the founder and secret weapon behind Daily Administration where she works with small businesses assisting them in establishing manageable marketing strategies that attracts, engages and enrolls clients. Along with the Daily Administration team, she works with her clients to establish processes for profit¬able and repeatable growth.

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