Lifestyle

Self-Care for Entrepreneurs

 

I am still in awe that it is now mid October 2017. Where has the time gone? I am excited for Fall season because it’s the best season of the year. Do you agree? With the fall season, we tend to slow things down and get ready for the year end and I am totally fine with that.

It’s such a nice feeling to wind down to ramp up for 2018, but we need to remember to take time for ourselves in the process. It’s hard when there’s so much more to accomplish before the year is over with, but it’s necessary. I’ve grown fonder of self-care because I realize that no one will take care of me like my mom would (ah, duh!), but she’s in FL. So, my next best option is me..ha!  What does self-care mean to you? To me, self-care means a few things:

·         Health

·         Clean Food

·         Exercise

·         Sleep

·         Rest

·         Dream

·         Quality Time

Obviously, there’s many more meanings to self-care, but these are very dear to me.  My health is more important to me at age 33 than it ever has been. I truly value my health because you only get one life to live. I intend on living intentionally for the rest of my days.  I certainly enjoy eating clean food because there was a time when I didn’t eat it at all and yep, being overweight was a result of that.  Exercise is a given…need I say more? At least do what you can. I know we like to sit in front of the computer CREATING that magic, but take a break every hour and walk around for 2 min. Better yet, jog in place!  Now, sleep can be debatable amongst entrepreneurs. I’ve had my share of “burning the midnight oil” and barely getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night, but that was not the best idea. Eventually, those lost hours catch up to you and either your mind or body breaks down. Therefore, rest is so important for the mind and sometimes you do mindless activities like people watching … who doesn’t love that? Dreaming is so important because it sets the tone for everything I do. I feel like dreaming and thinking about what could be allows answers to come my way. Again, being intentional helps! Lastly, quality time. Who do you spend your quality time with? For me, it’s my hubby, close friends and family. They mean the world to me.

So, how do you know when it’s time for self-care? I can always tell when I feel like I’m doing ALL the things in my business and nothing is happening. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. Sometimes you ignore the signs and just keep going on and on, but those around you will notice. They may even tell you to go have a seat! Chill out! LOL!  You want to continue to be the best you and provide great service to your clients, so please take care of yourself.  You are only one person and while you do have super powers, never be afraid to ask for help. Support is all around you. I’m here!

So, get a out a sheet of paper and write down what self-care means to you. DO IT NOW!

 

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If you would like help creating a plan for self-care in your busy schedule, please reach out to me. I am more than happy to take a few min to help you identify a few areas of self-care.  Just send me a note at jennifer@themjwgrp.com

 

Always Essential,

Jennifer

P.S. 2017 is almost over! Have you met all your objectives for the year? If you have projects to still complete or even start, please reach out to me at jennifer@themjwgrp.com. Implementation and execution is my forte. I will work with you to make sure you achieve operational excellence in your business.

 

How To Completely Change Your Pace

 

I can’t believe how far along we are in 2017. We are in the last stretch of Q3 already! Time has certainly flown by and there’s still so much to accomplish before the year is out. What are your plans and how will you tackle the remainder for the year?

For me, 2017 has been a “wild ride” of a year. We (hubby and I) launched The MJW Group, a blog, a Mastermind group, paid off more debt and began a new take on life. We now totally understand how life should function and have definitely taken on WAAAAAY more ownership than ever before. However, we still have Q4 to create and design the life that we want. I will say the only way we’ve been able to do this is changing our pace.

No, I’m not talking about walking faster … although, that would be better for me since I tend to walk slow, but I’m talking about changing the direction you’re headed towards. Let’s discuss what that involves. Think about where you want to go. What’s stopping you? What’s holding you back? Who is holding you back? Could it be a mental block? Fear? More than likely, it’s one of these choices and I label it choice for a reason.

Now, you may think you aren’t choosing to stop and not proceed full steam ahead, but you are. You are deciding every move. Therefore, changing your pace is so important. Every day you have a choice to do or not to do. Don’t believe me? Let me explain this in simplest terms…If you don’t take out a full trash can in your kitchen, what will happen? You get my point now, huh? Exactly! We all have a choice to make. So, how do you make that choice?

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During my pivot to an intentional life in 2017, I DECIDED what mattered to me the most. I have been a huge proponent of legacy and lifestyle. Once I started making a few daily changes, my pace totally changed. Some of those daily changes included creating non-negotiables with my time, leaving a full-time job to pursue my business, assigning the money I earn, and journaling. Journaling has helped the most because I truly believe when you write things down, they WILL manifest. Now, I have 3 journals that I’m writing in at once and 3 more on deck. Absolutely love my journals!

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You get the point … I hope! To start changing your pace, you must decide what it is that you want to change towards. It relates to goal setting and being intentional, but it’s so much more than that. There’s an emotional component to take into consideration as well. Emotion will allow you to become more invested in your change of pace.

I would love to hear your plans on changing your pace. Hit reply and let me know your thoughts. We love providing strategy and coaching here at The MJW Group…reach out to us if you would like to setup a strategy session to discuss in more detail.

P.S. Speaking of change of pace…we our hosting a webinar Wed, Sept 13th at 8:30p EST on “5 Reasons to Join a Mastermind.” This is your opportunity to learn more details about a Mastermind and how it can catapult you and/or your business to the next level. This is our secret weapon for success :)  Click here to reserve your spot!

 
 

4 Ways To Master Time

 

Oh, how I love this subject! Don’t you? Time management seems to be a subject that is often talked about, but the solutions don’t necessarily work. I can honestly say that it certainly has been an issue for me in my adult life. Have you heard of adulting? Yep! It’s a real thing. It seems when you’re a kid, time is infinite and it goes by sooooo verrryyyyy slooowwww. LOL! We all know now that’s because when we we’re younger, we had more freedom and less responsibility. So, what has changed since you became an adult?

Of course, you may have your spouse, kids, pets, parents, career, home, etc., etc., etc. to deal with on a daily basis. It is certainly a lot to manage at once. This is why time management is not the best answer when one is confronted about their responsibilities. At least this has been the case for me ever since I decided to cross over into the Entrepreneur world. If you think it’s bad working for someone else and dealing with time management, it is worse when you work for yourself and/or employ others. I like to encourage people to adapt the term “priority management.”

So, why priority management? Because it's about getting the right things done at the right time.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey

Well, if you can learn to master your priorities—this leads to mastering time. You may say, now Jennifer I’m confused….you just mentioned time management is not the best solution. Listen now! Priority management is different than time management because when you prioritize your day/week/month, a lot of noise around other tasks seems to fade away and you start realizing how much more time you have. Let me give you an example. Say your week consisted of getting the kids off to school, cooking dinner, appointments for your business, and going to the gym. This sounds like a lot huh? Well, in a WWJD (What would Jennifer do) moment, this would be my strategy:

1.    Starting on a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, plan out the week ahead starting with Sunday. You will need an electronic or paper planner/calendar to perform this strategy. Write down every task you need to accomplish (getting the kids off to school, cooking dinner, appointments for your business, and going to the gym), but do not assign a specific date to them unless it is a standing task.

2.    Utilizing your planner/calendar, write down the standing tasks and assign a date to them. This can be sleep, eating, reading, gym, work, or driving. Typically, these tasks are your non-negotiables and you perform these daily.  Look at how you can batch some of these non-negotiables. For example, weekly meal prepping and listening to an audible book can be done at the same time. You can also listen to an audible book while at the gym or driving.

3.    Now, with whatever time or capacity you have left, schedule your priorities and the remainder of your tasks. Do you see extra time? Eureka! This is where you can add in buffer times in your schedule because you know things will happen. So, give yourself an extra 15 min in the morning to get the kids off to school.

4.    If a new task arises during the week, do not just add it to your schedule. Figure out what you can de-prioritize to place it in your schedule. Our schedule is in harmony now and we’d like to keep it that way. Only disrupt your schedule if it’s absolutely necessary.

Take a look at my calendar from a few weeks back....does this makes sense?

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This strategy takes a few tries to get used to, but it works. I’ve been following this method for over a year and it has helped me tremendously with my busy schedule. This example is sort of simple, but just try it with your family and see what happens. Once you start looking at your time from a different perspective, you’ll see why you should prioritize.

If you would like help executing this strategy and creating a plan that works for you, please reach out to me. I am more than happy to take a few min to help you manage your time more efficiently or share with you my schedule. Just send me a note at jennifer@themjwgrp.com

Always Essential,

Jennifer