Me time. It sounds so good, and I know it's important, but how do we do it? As a purpose-driven entrepreneur running a business and a family, I've found it challenging to carve out that time. I bet you can relate. Unplugging can come with a backpack of guilt for taking time away from running and growing my business. Over time, I've discovered that my business won't disappear if I devote some time to myself. Now with my daughters off at college, I have the luxury of taking that time for me first thing in the morning. My most important discovery? Taking me time can vastly improve my business and my life outside of work too.
Sure, you've heard before that you should journal, meditate and practice gratitude, but here's a different spin on all three activities. I hope sharing my practices will help lead you to big improvements in your life as well.
- Journal every day. Each year, I like to journal every day. I might have time to write one word, one sentence, a list of things I am grateful for or pages on a challenge I am sorting out. At the end of the year, I read my entire journal (for that year) from beginning to end. Rereading your entire year in one sitting is a remarkable process of self-discovery. I see patterns and rhythms and how I resolve things. Perspective helps me see where I get stuck. Guilt gets lifted for things that don't seem as important after a little bit of time has passed. I get reminded of what brings me joy and what I worry about too much. As I read my entries, my goals for the next year jump out at me. This is a powerful practice.
These three practices have helped me live more mindfully and with more meaning. I can be immersed in running my business, but then transition and be fully present with my family. Taking time just for you might sound like a luxury or something you do on vacation, but taking time for these three practices can add meaning and fulfillment to all of your days.
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Fauzia Burke is the founder and president of FSB Associates, an online publicity and marketing firm specializing in creating awareness for books and authors. She's the author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors (Berrett-Koehler, Spring 2016). Fauzia has promoted the books of authors such as Alan Alda, Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra, Melissa Francis, S. C. Gwynne, Mika Brzezinski, Charles Spencer and many more. A nationally recognized speaker and online branding expert, Fauzia writes regularly for the Huffington Post. For online publicity, book publishing and social media advice, follow Fauzia on Twitter (@FauziaBurke) and Facebook (Fauzia S. Burke). For more information on the book, please visit: www.FauziaBurke.com.
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