Do you every feel like you are taking life and business a bit too seriously? Does it sometimes seem like laughter and lightheartedness are relegated to the weekends (assuming you give yourself a weekend)? Do you have a slight sense of dread when Monday morning comes around... and then feel a bit guilty because that's not how you're "supposed" to feel when you have your own business?
Well don't worry, you're not alone. I know that there were periods in my business life when I took things FAR too seriously. And it's a trap you can fall into all too easily - after all, there's just so much to DO!
But it IS possible to, not only make more time for the fun stuff, but also to make it a part of your business so that you get joy out of working on and in your business too. and I believe this is actually essential for you AND your business. So today I'm not only sharing why it's so important to have fun, but also four ways to make fun part of your "business as usual."
The saying "Lift is short" is bandied about with ease, but actually life is also really quite long. Time flies by - and let's face it none of us really know how much time we have on this earth - so we want to make the most of it. But also, if we could potentially be working until our 70s and potentially live for over a century, that's a lot of time to not be having fun. I don't particularly want to wait until I retire for the fun to begin.
If you're like me, then you actually quite enjoy working and feeling productive. And even if you've left the nine-to-five to set up your business, you probably spend quite a few hours a week working on or in your business. So why shouldn't it be fun? If you set up your business because you finally want to do what you love and love what you do, then make it happen now... not just in some far off place in the future when you have made all the money you need and achieved all your goals. Make the journey itself fun!
I don't believe that fun and fulfilment are mutually exclusive. You may want to help people and make a difference in the world but if you're not experiencing your own sense of joy, love and laughter along the way, burnout can kick in quickly. When you're a giver, it feels natural to put everyone else first but if you aren't getting your share of what makes you feel good, then you're trying to pour from an empty cup. Which simply doesn't work.
If you're like me then you're always looking for more ways to be more productive so you can get more done in less time. But if you're just being productive for productivity's sake and simply trying to cram more work into your day, then chances are you'll just end up on the fast track to burning out. So as you get more productive and free up your time, make sure you fill that time with fun stuff. Whatever that is for you!
My passionate belief is that business can be fun, it can be conducted with love and a powerful force for good." – Anita Roddick
I'm with Anita on this one. Make running your business as fun as possible. If you like to work with lively music on in the background do that. If you love silence and solitude make your working space a mini-retreat. If you love nothing better than chatting one-on-one with people, scatter catch-up calls through your week - a friend and I have "virtual elevensies" every now and then just to chat over Zoom and a cuppa. If you love the dynamics of meeting people in groups get out there and network regularly. Make sure that whatever you find fun is woven through your work.
It can be as simple as the colours, fonts, and images you use in your content. I love bright bold colours, and marker pens and all kinds of stationary, so my main font became Permanent Marker (with a generous dose of pink throughout this website!) Most of my notes and to-do lists are written in a mix of coloured pens and each project gets its own pretty notebook. I also have a friend who loves painting and creating, so she does "art journalling" as well as normal written journalling.
If you find something really not fun, work out how you can decrease the amount of time you spend on it, delegate it to someone else, or ditch it completely. I won't go into detail here, because I wrote a whole blog post on how to know which tasks to ditch, decrease or delegate, so over there if you want more on this tip. One note - delegating doesn't always mean hiring a Virtual Assistant or the like. A friend of mine who always gets stressed before events has her teenage daughter help out with collating and stapling the handouts, that way they get to spend time together, have a giggle while they work, and it takes half the time.
Sometimes the magic happens in the little everyday things. You may have heard me say before that I'm not a fan of housework, so when I do the washing up I'll usually watch or listen to something inspirational or entertaining. I also like variety, so sitting still and working on the same project all day can drive me crazy, so I might "pompom" my way through, using the Pomodoro method, where you work in 25 minute chunks, at the end of which you tick it off on a tracker, then take a 5 minute break before starting your next pompom, after 2-3 more pompoms, have a longer break. You'll be amazed at how much more focused you'll be and how much you can get done in a single day (and I love ticking things off a list, it feels so goooood!)
So there you go. Below you've find some questions to ask yourself to help you bring more fun into your business. But if you feel like you first need to make a bit more time in your day before you can work out what on earth to do with it, you can download my free audio, 10 Ways To Create An Extra Hour Every Day, here.
Some questions to ask yourself to bring more fun into your business
How can you bring more fun into your business? What have you discovered that makes your working day more fun? I love to read your tips, tricks and insights, so please share in the comments box below.
I am passionate about women in business achieving success in a way that works for them and making the changes they need to make in order to make that happen. However, though change can be exciting it can also be scary, triggering behaviours that might not make sense to you (procrastination or self-sabotage anyone?). I help entrepreneurial women to navigate change with more clarity, confidence and courage so that these behaviours can be dissolved and they can move forward with ease and flow. If that sounds good, I'd love to hear from you!