February 28, 2019

Scheduling for a business and life we love


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Today is the last day of February and also the last day of the Decluttering is Self-Love challenge that I was co-hosting all month long with Vicki McLeod

This week we dealt with mental and social clutter and one of the things we looked at was our schedule. 

  • Does our calendar reflect what we are passionate about?
  • Is there ample time set aside for time with friends and family? 
  • Self-care and exercise?
Your calendar can be a joyful reflection of what matters most to you or feel like a set of obligations weighing you down to the ground. 

Especially as business owners we tend to focus on work alone and forget about play and rest, I know I do if I am not mindful and proactive. 

So how do we change this?

That's where the Yes/No Framework comes in. It means that when we say yes to one thing, we are saying no to something else.

For example, saying yes to taking on another client might mean saying no to spending time with your spouse or saying no to having some time for yourself to rest (or go horseback riding).

But the reverse is also true. When we say no to one thing it leaves space to be able to say yes to something else.

Time is one of our most precious commodities (I wrote about this before here). How can you change your schedule to reflect more what you truly want?  

Review your upcoming March calendar and assess your commitments and activities and ask yourself: 

  • what projects and activities light you up? 
  • what projects and activities feel heavy and weigh you down?

Become aware of how your calendar makes you feel.

If you are a visual person maybe mark the activities that light you up in green and the ones that weigh you down in red. What do you see more, green or red?

Now you have a good idea of what you want to say more 'yes' to, right? 

The question that you need to ask yourself now is:

How can I make room for these activities by saying 'no' to something else, by saying 'no' to the one or some that weigh me down?

This is the first step toward creating a schedule that supports what you truly want in life and in your business.  

It may take some time to adjust your calendar and current obligations to make the shift, but you can still start with baby steps (a few minutes a day....) and keep moving toward scheduling a life you love. 

Let me know in the comments below, have you done this and if yes, how did you let go of one of those heavy activities and how did that make you feel? 

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