Jan Blog The Big Switch Off

The Big Switch Off

You’re running your own business and that’s AMAZING! It’s great most of the time, but it does have its challenges, one being, it can be REALLY HARD TO SWITCH OFF! You feel like you are on a never-ending treadmill as your to-do list constantly swirls in your head. There is a feeling that you are overextending yourself and never fully living in the moment.

This is something I want to focus on in 2023; for myself and my mental well-being. My recent working holiday [yes Barbados] was to get some rest and relaxation with a plan to also work on my annual business strategy, away from the office. This was to fully concentrate on the objectives and goals for 2023. Often my thoughts were interrupted by the stress of the office while I was away and I couldn’t fully enjoy the moment.

The 10 day break left me exhausted, drained, and completely foggy headed when I returned to work. It’s always a haze of stress counting down to the weekend, cramming in so much to “have it all.” Then press fast forward and a new week begins, and I’m counting down the week again.

To start the new year off right, I propose we strive for a better work-life balance, something we support many of our clients in being able to do! The goal is to delegate more, say “no” more, and switch off after work hours rather than be stuck at my desk from 6 am to 9.30 pm. Getting some me time will allow me to avoid being constantly wired and exhausted, resulting in more productivity and increased efficiency in my business.

Over the festive season, I found myself reflecting on what went well and what didn’t!! And, most importantly, how we start the new year with positive intentions (which I hope not to break by the end of Jan).

To avoid burnout, I need to regain control of my expectations in 2023 and be a touch kinder to my mind and soul. As much as I would like to press rewind sometimes, time is precious.

Mottos of mine are: you can’t do everything yourself and ‘many hands make light work’. Though it may be possible to a certain degree, or as the result of something else, is it needed, justified, or warranted? It is ok to ask for help!

So, I pledge I will try and take a break away from the desk, even more so if I am working from home. I already exercise daily, first thing in the morning. I’m also planning to try a digital disconnect after 6.30 pm to see if that helps my overall health, sleep, and appreciation of what’s going on around me.

What will you do in 2023 to ensure you take more moments to ‘smell the roses’ and protect your mental and emotional wellness?