So it hurt a little bit inside when I made the decision to move over from a beautiful hard cover diary to using an online calendar.
I had tried it before, and missed my diary so much that I went back to my gorgeous Paperblanks diary. It was my third double-booking in as many weeks that pushed me back towards the online function, because I found I was much more organised (and my handbag much lighter) if I had appointments in an online space that I could use on my phone.
Over the years I've learnt to better manage my energy and spot the signs that I'm feeling run down earlier. I believe this has been key to avoiding the colds and flus that come around - particularly at this time of year.
I believe in working better and feeling good, and getting sick doesn't help with any of that. If you're getting sick regularly, it might be because you're trying to "pour from an empty cup," trying to give more to everyone else (clients, kids, significant others, you name it) than to yourself. You may not think of yourself as being burnt out, but getting ill - whether it's through headaches, migraines, colds, or infections - is often like a "mini-burnout." That's a guaranteed way of interrupting your fun and fruitfulness.
So here are three ways of keeping yourself "topped up" so that you are less likely to have those "mini-burnouts" that could stop you in your tracks...
In my last blog post, I talked about starting your day right so that you have lots of energy to be productive and focused when working in and on your business. Sometimes, however, things stop you in your tracks regardless of your good intentions.
Do you ever have a day like this... you wake up, do your morning routine (feeling slightly smug about it) including the meditation, journalling, and healthy breakfast. You sit down to do some client work thinking - oh my gosh I'm on fire. Then it happens... the spangles!
So with all this running your business and marketing your business and serving your clients and blogging and networking all, you need energy... and lots of it.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day but it's not just how you manage your time that makes a difference... but also how you manage your energy. Starting your day the right way can make all the difference. Here are six things that will help.
I've been my own boss for nearly 7 years (at the time of writing) and sometimes I've put myself through more than I'd ever have put up with from my old employers. Including working through the weekend on far too many occasions. But taking a break is vital to replenishing your energy for the week ahead. Here I four things I think every female entrepreneur should do at the weekend.