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Prioritizing Personal Development and Self-Care

Business owners today are faced with so many challenges in the workplace. Most people will advise you to practice self-care and personal development to prevent exhaustion. This is a difficult concept for many business owners, as they fear it will hinder or disturb their business.

While prioritizing personal development and self-care while maintaining focus on your business can be challenging, it is essential for your overall well-being. Taking good care of yourself helps you focus better on your work to be more productive.

Your sense of creativity and innovation will improve, which will lead you to new business opportunities.

Now that you know, how can you prioritize personal development and self-care without disrupting your business?

Tips for Prioritizing Personal Development and Self-Care

Here are some suggestions for prioritizing personal development and self-care while maintaining focus on your business:

  • Schedule your day. We all know how passionate you are about your business. You have worked so hard to make this a reality, but it is vital to set boundaries around your time. It starts with the little things like scheduling start and stop time for your work . Schedule breaks while at work. Schedule down time. Even schedule your play time. Schedule everything…and stick to it.

  • Say no more often. As you’re learning to set good boundaries around your time you can also include practicing saying no to extra work commitments and work related activities outside work hours. The more successful you become the more selective you need to be with your time. Look at things that need to be done on a scale of high value to low value. If it’s low value, just say no.

  • Prioritize time for self-care. Just like you would prioritize any other important meeting, prioritize your self-care. See your self-care time as an essential appointment like others on the list. Self-care does not have to be so complicated. It could be as simple as taking a walk, reading a book, or spending time with loved ones. You could even take it as far as Yoga or getting a massage. Whatever works for you is fine. But make it a priority. If not, it falls onto the list of things that we don’t get to. What would happen if you didn’t get to put gas in your car?

  • Include personal development as a priority. The legendary Jim Rohn said it best, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” It’s easy to get lost in work and forget to set time to develop yourself. To avoid this pitfall, make conscious efforts to develop yourself. Start with having a realistic self-development goal. This could involve taking courses, reading books, or attending workshops. Then, develop a plan on how you want to achieve these goals and when you want to achieve them. Then put that plan into your calendar. Schedule your personal development time.

  • Find a support system. Having people who support your goals and encourage you to take care of yourself is essential. This could be your friends, family, or a therapist. Whoever it is, ensure you have someone who cheers you on and encourages you when necessary.

And yes, at EVOC we do make sure our clients are creating a good harmony between their business development as well as their personal growth and development.

Here are some additional tips that you may find helpful:

  • Find activities that you enjoy and that help you relax and de-stress. For you, it may be going for walks, listening to music, or spending time in nature.

  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep. When you are well-rested, you are better able to focus and be productive.

  • Eat healthy foods and avoid processed foods. Eating healthy foods will give you the energy you need to power through the day.

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, improve your mood, and boost your energy levels.

Final Thoughts

Prioritizing personal development and self-care is an investment in your future. When you take care of yourself, you are better able to focus on your work, be productive, and achieve your goals. So make sure to put yourself first and take care of your needs.

If you need help, EVOC Coaching and Consulting can help you create personal development plans to help you achieve your goals. You can reach out to us; we will gladly assist you.

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