When you’re putting together your calendar for the week or month, what do you schedule first? Is it client meetings? Marketing tasks? Back-of-the-house functions? Personal performance expert Dr. Shannon Reece, offers a surprising answer to the question of what must always come first for solopreneurs.
“When I talk about ordering your priorities, you have to be at the top of the list, no matter what,” she says.
So what does that mean? What does it look like to put yourself first?
Shannon calls it “me time,” and it has to meet three criteria:
1. It’s a period of time. It can be one hour, it can be 5 minutes. You decide. “You don’t have to jet off to Fiji for a week, although that would be lovely,” she says.
2. It has to be relaxing. For some people, exercise is very relaxing. But if exercising is torture for you, then it’s not “me time.”
3. It has to be something you enjoy.
And you have to work “me time” into your schedule first. Shannon says: “If you don’t, then you’re not going to find time for it otherwise. It has to be the top priority.”
“Me time” is essential because it makes it possible to perform at full physical, emotional, and mental capacity, she says.
For Shannon, “me time” is a simple activity: going for walks with her dog.
Shannon’s advice was a revelation to me, and I agree with her. Putting yourself first is the the secret to making your business sustainable.
What’s Your “Me Time?”
What do you do during your “me time?” What stops you from taking “me time?” Please share your thoughts in the comments.