There’s no doubt about it… global sadness, fear, uncertainty is in the air these days. Across the world sh*t’s going down – in a multitude of ways. And I’m sure you feel it too!
I’d call this h.e.a.v.y.
I’d also call it current r.e.a.l.i.t.y.
As I watch the news, it blows my mind the ferocity and magnitude of things are happening yet, while the world seems to be imploding, our mundane routines continue. We still need to cook dinner, buy toilet paper, do washing, deal with IT issues, get up to date with our admin.
Gagh! Somehow we’re still expected to carry on as though everything’s ‘normal’ and our business needs to keep running.
So what can you do to make sure you’re not taking the weight and responsibility of the world on your shoulders throughout the day.
Here’s 5 things you can start doing straight away
1. Only focus on what you can control and influence (hot tip – you can only control your own thoughts and actions). We waste a lot of time worrying about things we can’t do anything about.
Ask yourself, what can I control and influence in this situation?
Do that and let go of the rest. Okay, so it sounds so simple when I say it. Sometimes these things are that simple. They’re just not always easy.
2. Find small moments of reprieve and better yet, joy throughout the day.
I call these micro-moments.
What micro-moments can you introduce into your day?
One of my faves is taking two mins in the middle of the day to stand barefoot on the grass in the backyard, looking up at the sky.
Yes, this one is for my Qld friends. If you’re in Victoria your toes might freeze off if you do this barefoot. So go outside and let the cold air hit you in the face and help you come alive, look up at the sky and reflect on the vastness of things that are so much bigger than we are.
3. Find your tribe. Don’t go through this alone. Stay connected to people who fill your cup and help you feel better.
They could be business besties, family, friends. Ideally, have a combo of both work and outside of work connections and mix it up.
I had a grand old time doing Zoom Trivia with my family (who are spread all across NSW) last weekend. It might not be as good as getting together face-to-face but the laughs are just as real and the connection is better than not seeing them at all. Trust me on this! Have family dinners with people on the laptop at the dinner table. Get creative. And hit Ness and I up if you’re still looking for your biz bestie community.
4. Find gratitude daily. We hear about gratitude all the time and it can so easily be overlooked as making a real difference. Gratitude reminds us that even when things seem (and are) bad, there’s always something (even if it’s tiny) that’s not so bad.
The best part? It doesn’t have to be huge. There’s a myriad of things to be grateful for, it’s just sometimes harder to see them.
I’ll help get you started with things to be grateful for… living in Australia, clean water, shelter, bed, friends, laughter, love, grass, walking, health, clothes, the internet, technology.
Take a couple of moments to think of 3 things you’re grateful for each day. Just before you go to sleep is a good time. Or maybe introduce it into the family conversation and have the whole family play along.
5. Revisit your business strategy and put structures in place to adapt to the changing times. For instance, we know that wherever we are in Aus, there are looming and impending lockdowns. Even if you’re not in one right now.
What can you put in place so that when (not if) lockdown hits, there’s minimal impact on your business?
Depending on your type of business will depend on how impacted you are. Think about how you can minimise the disruption based on your unique business and needs.
Some thought starters for you:
- What services can you move to online?
- Have you negotiated different terms with vendors and suppliers to offer more flexibility if needed?
- What’s the new problem you can help your clients with in these modern times? Are you offering it?
- How do you make the most of lockdown times ie. if you can’t deliver your service use the time to update your policies and procedures or up-skill your staff. You know, the stuff you never get time to do.
If you need a helping hand with any, or all of the above, you don’t have to go it alone. We’re all about thelping women in business break the cycles in business that are holding them back from creating a business they love (even in times of a pandemic) whilst still being able to enjoy time outside of work.