As a business owner, much of the work falls on your shoulders. From employee supervision to navigating the customer experience, you’re doing a lot for other people every day. It can become hard to keep sight of your goals, dreams, and the passion with which you began this project. You might view other business owners with envy, wondering how they can look so calm and carefree while being responsible for so much. Here’s their secret: they schedule meetings with themselves.
Making your goals a priority
It might sound ridiculous, but when is the last time you took a few minutes to organize your day, refocus on your vision, and strategize for success? When you set aside 15 minutes for this, you set the expectation that you and your business are the priority. During these meetings there are no client calls, no employee time, and no busy work: just a time for you to focus on your “why”.
Start off on the right foot
You can start the day with a mindfulness meditation during which you focus on your goals. This doesn’t have to take long, just 5 minutes or so. Try to picture your life exactly as you want it. If there were no barriers imposed by time or finances, what would you do differently? When you view your future goals with optimism, you may find that the next steps become more clear.
Write It Down
After a mindfulness meditation, take the next few minutes to write down your goals for the day. These can be concrete, such as “finish x-amount of orders” or more vague, like “relax more today”. Whatever your goals are, writing them down reinforces muscle memory and can serve as a reminder to focus on those things.
Revisit Your Reasons
Finally, in the last few minutes of your meeting, revisit your “why”: think about what brought you down this path in life, and why you’ve chosen to run your own business. Keeping this thought in the forefront of your mind alongside that little bit of positivity born from your mindfulness meditation can help you feel more relaxed and in control.
By setting aside an uninterrupted 15 minutes for yourself, you are committing to your goals for the day and prioritizing your success. Make this schedule habit a part of your daily routine and you might just find relaxation, positivity, and success spreading to all parts of your day.