How To Stop Wearing The Busy Badge (And Switch Off!)
There's no doubt that turning the switch 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. This is especially true when our office is our home. Read on for three ways to switch off and relax while working from home.
Being Stuck in the Busy
That feeling that we should always be doing something and accomplishing something is why we often 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. Being busy and productive are two very different things.
So how do we do it? How do we turn the work switch off and relax?
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 it), 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.
3 Tips for Learning How to Switch Off
1. Leave your phone somewhere else. Running a business in this technologically 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 your out of office message.
If you plan to be unreachable for a certain amount of time, set your Out Of Office message on auto-pilot so you can communicate that you will be unavailable without having to be online.
3. Plan for rest.
We all need regular rest and breaks, so plan it into your calendar so you know it’s coming and can actually enjoy it!
Finding the Balance
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. Your business and your health will thank you for it!