You might think that your accountant is the most important ingredient in your creative business – especially around tax time. Or maybe it’s your attorney or your husband who agreed to make dinner again so you could finish getting your latest batch of online sales ready for shipment.
But let’s face it- YOU are the most important part of your creative business because without you there wouldn’t BE a business. Right?
Do you feel like the most important part of your business? Do you treat yourself like the valuable asset that you are? I know what you are thinking – when would I have the time to do that? Between the making, the marketing and the paperwork, who has time to treat themselves well? Again, the answer is you.
Here is the way I see it- if you don’t make time for health, you’ll have to make time for illness. Plain and simple. If you can’t factor a 30 minute walk into your day or make time for a healthy lunch, it will catch up with you sooner or later.
Squeeze in a walk before you even head into the studio and you’ll be energized and clear-headed for the tasks at hand. Even if you work that walk into your regular errands (can you walk to the post office?), you’ll come back ready to get down to work. Can’t make yourself walk in the morning? Try taking two 15 minute walks instead. You can walk down the street, around the block or just to the mailbox. Fifteen minutes to stretch and get some fresh air will do wonders for that afternoon energy slump.
Meals can be tricky, especially if you are working from home. It’s easy to get into your work and loose track of time, but healthy meals are important. Set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to eat. You could probably use the break and you’ll do better work the rest of the afternoon if you stop to re-fuel. One handy trick is to pack your lunch (super easy if you pack lunches for family members) and have it ready to go. Then, even if you are busy you can stop and grab your lunch and get right back to work.
There is always more work to do than hours in the day to do them. It’s easy to lose focus on some aspects of your creative business, but taking care of yourself ought to be a priority. Let’s face it, you can more easily find 30 minutes for a walk than seven to 10 days to be down with the flu. Right?
What routines do you work into to your day to make sure you take care of yourself?
By: Vicki O’Dell, The Creative Goddess