It’s February. The month of LOVE! In addition to showering the humans in your life with love and affection, why not take this time to also show your business some love?
If you are sick of hearing about “self care”, I feel ya. But instead of talking about bubble baths and massages, I wanted to switch things up and share some ideas for self care for your business. Your business is a living, breathing, growing (hopefully) thing, so you need to nurture it.
We can get so caught up in the day to day tasks and never ending to-dos, that we don’t have time to focus on caring for our business. Here are some business self care ideas to get you started. Bonus, some of them are actually for you, too!
- Say NO! This is the biggest thing you can do when it comes to business self care. Saying know is actually a form of self care for your business. Why? It frees you up to be more creative and intentional. It is so hard to not say yes to everything, especially when you are trying to grow. But remember, every yes is a no to something else.
- Go out to lunch with no devices. This can be with yourself, your team, a client, friend, or partner. You’ll be amazed at how many ideas come to you during that lunch when you aren’t distracted by scrolling your feed. If you are eating alone, this might feel uncomfortable, but growth comes in the moments we are uncomfortable.
- Create before you consume. Don’t look at social media first thing in the morning. Create something before you consume everyone else’s content. First thing in the morning, dedicate time to creating something. Write something (even if it never makes it’s way out in to the world), brainstorm your next project or idea.
- Learn something new. I have committed to learning something new or learning more about a topic every week. When I write out my Big 3 goals for each week, Learn Something New is always on the list. It can be taking Skillshare course, listening to a podcast, or reading a book. It also can be something unrelated to work. Maybe you want to learn how to make your own sushi or do a real push. Whatever it is, commit to learning something new on a regular basis.
- Change of scenery. Do you ever get in a workspace rut? My home office nook is my go-to workspace, but a change of scenery can work wonders sometimes for my creativity and productivity. A coffee shop, coworking space or even outside (not in February in Montana, though).
- Get some fresh air. Set aside time during your day for some fresh air. Stop what you are doing, leave your phone, and GO OUTSIDE. Whether it’s for 10 minutes or an hour, just do it. Your brain and your body will thank you.
- Invest in your business. When you are starting out or growing, it can be so hard to find the funds and the courage to invest in your business. You know what they say, “You gotta spend money to make money.” One some level that is so true. Whether it is time or money, what would investing in your business do for you? Maybe it’s a brand photoshoot, maybe it’s a new website, a course to help you take your efforts to the next level. Is it time to hire someone or outsource tasks that are not your specialty?
- Collaborate. Connect with other business owners in your community or in your industry. Get together for coffee, join a business book club, go to a networking event. There is so much power in collaboration, and there is plenty of business to go around. A scarcity mindset is not going to serve your business. Collaboration over competition!