• Samantha Hearne

How To Stop Wearing The Busy Badge (And Switch Off!)

There's no doubt switching off from our business is one of the more challenging aspects of being an entrepreneur, particularly when everything we do is online! We're constantly connected and that feeling that we *should* be doing something is ever-present.

And that feeling is why we find ourselves in "busy" mode. We feel like we're doing something. But ultimately, we can all find ways to stay busy all day if we wanted. That's easy. The real challenge lies in getting our sh*t done so we can allow ourselves the time we need to switch off.

So how do we do it?

The first step is to ensure that you are being productive in your tasks. Set yourself short deadlines (the longer you give yourself, the longer it will take to get done!), give yourself regular breaks (you will get more done when you’re in flow than when you force and most importantly, be clear on your goal before you start!

The second step is learning to switch off. We all do it differently and you may need a bit of trial and error until you figure out what works for you but here are my top three tips to help you get started:

1. Leave your phone somewhere else. Running a business in this technicalogically advanced age means that it's easy for us to stay reachable at all times. This is hugely detrimental to our mental health so get comfortable with leaving your phone in another room for an hour or so.

2. Automate out of office

If you plan to be unreachable for a certain amount of time, set your Out Of OffiOfficeve on and communicate that you will be unavailable.

3. Plan in rest

We all need regular rest and breaks, so plan it in so you know it’s coming and can actually enjoy it!

While it can be difficult to switch off, by ensuring you are productive and learning how to step away, you'll return to your business refreshed and ready to go!

And your business and your health will thank you for it!