Updated: Apr 23, 2020
As a self proclaimed girl boss, I used to work long hours and hustle non stop for my business. However, in the past year or so I have learned to take more breaks and create self care routines for myself. When COVID - 19 hit, I already had a routine in place that was not disrupted by my husband now working from home. It is important to set routines and create daily habits as an entrepreneur so that you have a stable work-life balance which helps with your self care as well during unstable times.
I already know what you are thinking and yes, this is far easier said than done. There are things that happen outside of your control (with your business) that may pull you into work mode during your breaks. The idea here is to create as much rest time as possible so you don't overextend yourself or crash and burn and not be able to pick up the pieces.
As a small business owner, you need to establish daily routines/habits and operate on a schedule to effectively execute your strategies and reach your business goals. Ideally you want to have a set time (or times) of day that you dedicate to working on your business. Building in time for social activities, exercise and relaxation are crucial in managing your emotional, mental and physical well being to maintain balance.
A great way to schedule your day is by looking at it in segments. I break my day into 6 segments so that I am able to disconnect from work sometime between the hours of 4 - 6 pm and allow my mind time to rest before I go to bed. Highly successful people have routines and that is what keeps them focused and balanced.
Create a Girl Boss Routine by Segmenting Your Day
Segment 1: Early Morning 5 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Start your day with something that brings peace into your space. I start with prayer and mediation. Prayer is where I talk to God and meditation is where I quieten my mind and listen to God. It helps to clear my mind. I walk the dog and sometimes have my coffee or tea during this time. I will also use this time to read a blog, an ebook or listen to a podcast. Do something in the early morning hours that will peacefully bring you into your day and set you up for success.
Segment 2: Mid Morning 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Time to get to work. Your mind is the most alert during these hours and ready to take on more complex tasks. Your cognitive abilities are strongest once your brain has as a chance to shake off sleep inertia. Save important decisions for when you feel more alert, generally within one to three hours after waking up. Do the tasks that take the most mental energy fist. This is when I create content, measure analytics, review budgets, etc.
Segment 3: Midday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Do the tasks that require you to be social or that are not as mentally taxing. i.e. replying to emails, returning phone calls and scheduling meeting, scheduling content posts. I also use this time to process orders and/or work on my websites (which for me is not as mentally taxing as the other tasks). Make sure you allow time for a break during this time so that you can stop and nourish your body.
Segment 4: Afternoon 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Any tasks that was not completed during the previous segment falls here. Keep in mind, before you get to this part of your day, all of your complex tasks should be completed or moved to the next day. Your mind has started to slow down and you should consider doing tasks that are minimally taxing. This is the time that I schedule social media posts, create social graphics and Pinterest posts. These tasks are easy because I have created templates to facilitate the process. I take this time to do my social media activities and respond to social comments and requests.
Segment 5: Early Evening 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Measure your success for the day, completed tasks are crossed off the list. Plan ahead for the next day and make any necessary adjustments to your task list. Prepare for relaxation by moving out of work mode and shutting the door on any work related activities. Decide what your evening will look like with possible activities including exercise, warm bath, or maybe even quiet time and don't forget to nourish your body.
Segment 6: Evening 6 p.m. - Bedtime
This is your time to connect with family, significant other or relax to read a book or watch a movie. However you choose to relax, this is your time before heading to bed for the night.
Remember, nothing good happens overnight so take your time and segment your day in a way that works for your lifestyle. Just remember to establish a sense of calm in your morning, do complex tasks first, eat, exercise, plan for the next day, establish calm in your evenings before bedtime.
If any of this seems to overwhelming, reach out and send me a message and I will be glad to help.
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