As a new entrepreneur things can get pretty hectic. Working a full-time job and trying to build a new business can be overwhelming. I usually find myself burning both ends against the middle trying to get everything done. I’m not sure about you but it just seems that there aren’t enough hours in a day. Where does the time go! Because I’ve burned my fuse to a very faint flicker, I normally don’t get the rest I should and need to get.
The funny thing is that I KNOW I need to cut it off and wrap it up. Yet I continue going thinking: “If I get it done now, it will be one less thing I’ll have to do later.” In the moment it “seems” like a really good idea. But I end up paying for it the next day and possibly for the next few days because I’ve been running, running, going, going and not allowed my body to recharge.
Some people can run like the Energizer Bunny all the time. And, it’s perfectly alright if you are one of those people. May the force be with you (LOL)! But I’m not one of those people. I need rest and a certain amount of rest to be able to perform at my optimal level. When I don’t get enough rest it not only affects me physically, but it also affects me in other ways:
• Loss of concentration and focus
• Not able to clearly think
• Emotionally down, depressed
• Spiritually parched because I haven’t spent the time I need with God
What’s the solution?
First, I need to change my mind which is the hardest thing to do. I need to stop thinking that everything has to be done right now, today. As ridiculous as it sounds and it’s even more ridiculous for me to write it, I still find myself in that “it’s has to be done now” mind-set. You know what else I’ll have to do? Not beat up on myself because I’ve haven’t mastered this immediately. I’m the worst at giving myself timelines and beating myself up because I didn’t meet the deadline. Can you relate? I’ll have to give myself some time to master it and keep at it until I do.
Second, I’ll need to protect my time with God and my sleep schedule respectively. When the Bible says that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God – it wasn’t kidding! I have found that when I don’t spend enough time alone in prayer and in God’s word I feel absolutely horrible. I start behaving like I don’t know God. My thinking is as Joyce Meyers puts it: “stinking thinking”. I’m just an overall mess and I’m not able to cope with the pressures and bumps of life. Perhaps you too have not been able to cope. Maybe you should consider spending time with the Father. Don’t get caught up in the quantity as much as you do the quality.
Protecting my sleep schedule just means that I should go to bed at the time I know I should be in bed. Okay, this is something that my sleep doctor has told me repeatedly. Yes, I have a sleep doctor (LOL). I’m not one of those people who falls asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. So, I really need to get into bed a little bit earlier so that my mind can wind down and my body can be relaxed enough so that I can actually fall asleep. That process for me is usually about 30 minutes or so. I realize that might not be everybody’s story. But find what works for you. It’s really just about knowing your body and knowing what works for you. And, if you find that you are just not sleeping well when you do fall asleep, maybe you should consider seeing a sleep doctor.
Third, I need to make a schedule for everyday of the week. I need to have a to do list of only a few things per day so that I’m not slammed on the weekend. I think that more importantly I need to adhere to the schedule. It’s one thing to have a schedule, but it’s a whole other thing to actually follow the schedule. After all it won’t work if I don’t utilize it. So, sit and make a realistic schedule for yourself.
Last but certainly not least, I need to take one weekend day to just relax, wind down from the hectic week and not think about anything! I enjoy watching the Hallmark channels (yes all of them- lol) and HGTV. This is my way of winding down. It takes my mind of things and helps me to just be in the moment and feel refreshed. It does that because it’s something I enjoy. With our lives moving at the speed of light, I’ve found that we don’t really take time to do the things we enjoy. We need to have some time of enjoyment so that we aren’t just existing. But we are enjoying the journey. What’s your way of relaxing? Whatever your way is make a point to work it into a weekend day if you can. Find something that you can do weekly that you enjoy to help you to relax.
*Quote from the Bible can be found in Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4