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id the festive shenanigans leave you fresh out of fizz?
Have you hit the New Year only to find that you’re
dragging your feet more than usual, and are a mere
shadow of your former ultra-bubbly self?
Creating some time to rest, recuperate and recharge
probably topped your resolutions list, but unless you’ve truly
committed to creating downtime it shouldn’t be a surprise if you’re
already as busy as ever in 2017.
When you’ve overdone it, just crossing your fingers and wishing
for more time to yourself ain’t going to cut it. And don’t believe all the
hype – there is no easy way to achieve the balance you need to thrive!
It doesn’t matter whether you want to treat yourself to a pedi
once a month, need some quality time with your partner, or just
want five free minutes a day to enjoy a caramel latte, it’s going to
take a few well-executed steps to success!
Become an early riser
Waking up with the sparrows might sound like a total drag
but it’s proven to fuel your creativity and success. It’s also the
perfect opportu nity to snatch a few minutes to yourself, sans-
interruption, plus you’ll be able to get a head start on anything
important that’s on your plate that day.
If getting up at the crack of dawn leaves you less blissed-
out babe and more red-eyed beast, try setting your alarm ten
minutes earlier every morning. Before you know it you’ll have
tricked your body clock into feeling fresh as a daisy, even at such
an early hour.
Perfect your processes
Ever found yourself enjoying a few minutes of peace and quiet,
only to have a team member text you with an inane question like:
“We’ve run out of coffee, what should I do?”? Just like that, you’ve
snapped out of your chillout zone and are back into adrenaline-
fueled work-mode. The best way to avoid being interrupted is to
add some spit and polish to your day-to-day processes, so your
team not only understands what is expected of them, but also feel
empowered and capable of taking some of the burden of decision
making off your shoulders.
Turn off the tech
Being able to switch off is probably the biggest struggle any
business owner faces. Su re, sending emails from your couch
at 9pm might feel more relaxing than shooting off half a dozen
messages in the middle of a busy salon, but here’s the thing: you
are still working, and it’s nearly bed time.
If you think the magical sleep fairy is going to be visiting
tonight, think again. Your body needs time to wind down and
prepare to catch some Z’s, and by working late you’re really just
robbing yourself of productivity tomorrow. So turn off your
iPad, take a hot shower, and for goodness sakes get a decent
Let your software help
Now that you’re in the swing of things, it’s time to up the
ante. You probably have a whole bunch of boring tasks that you
keep putting off because they are just so yawn-inducing, but
what if I told you that you could do all of them automatically?
This might come as a bit of a revelation, but did you k now you
can get your computer to confirm your client’s appointments for
you? And send out email campaigns without lifting a finger? Yep,
you heard. Invest in the right technology and, lo and behold,
you’ve created some free time out of thin air!
Be kind to yourself
If it’s all too hard, you’ve had a massive week and there’s
absolutely zero chance you’ll be dragging yourself to your
6am yoga class on Sunday, it’s all good! Some days will be like
that, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
Take the opportunity to reset, remind yourself that you’re
actually on track, and don’t forget to keep up the good work in
the weeks to come.
Jo is a co-founder and the VP of Evolution at Shortcuts.
As one of the key visionaries of this industry-leading brand,
Jo has seen many technological innovations since she first
installed Shortcuts in her salon more than 20 years ago.
To hear more of Jo’s business inspiration
The secret to thriving instead of just
surviving the daily grind is to give yourself
a little downtime, writes Jo Burgess.
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