For the last step in The Intuitive Workweek I want to talk a little about keeping your daily grind joyful once you’ve put everything in place that we’ve explored throughout the course. Because the truth is, even with all the best visioning and planning and systems in place, life’s still going to happen. Business is more monotonous than it is exciting, but I still believe we can keep it joyful every single day if we choose to. Every single day may not be as joyful as each other, but we can cultivate a routine that is fulfilling even when it’s challenging, and we can develop a process that helps us to get back on track if we lose our perspective along the way.
If we’re running on an empty tank, we’re not going to be able to do our best work throughout the week. Ask yourself:
- Am I taking care of my number one employee (myself) and prioritising my health and wellbeing along the way?
- How can I make fuelling myself a priority each workday?
- What do I need to make space for (diet, exercise, downtime, rest, etc) so I can be fuelled and ready to go each workday?
Alongside prioritising answering all those emails, and writing all those blog posts, and meeting all those client deadlines, we’ve got to prioritise our health and our ability to actually get things done too. Because if we don’t work, nothing will.
Even if you’re an introvert like me, the isolation that can come with being your own boss can be a little too much at times. Never underestimate the wonders of connection - especially with people who understand what you do. Things to explore are:
- Do you feel connected to a creative community or support system for your business and life right now?
- If yes, how can you continue to prioritise this?
- If not, what can you do to reach out and connect?
Sometimes just a quick Skype call or coffee date is exactly what we need to spark our inspiration and joy again - and finding people we can lean on makes all the difference along the way.
Leave yourself breadcrumbs
I’ve touched a little on this already earlier in the course, but one of my biggest pieces of advice for keeping your daily grind joyful is to leave yourself breadcrumbs each day - especially if you’re struggling or feeling a little overwhelmed or disconnected. Things to try are:
- Writing your to-do list and outline the following workday the night before so you can just jump straight in come morning
- Schedule in reminders and alerts if you’re struggling to make space for exercise, cooking a good meal, or time with loved ones
- Write mantras for your workday on post it notes and place them around your workspace to remind and centre you throughout the day
Hopefully what you can develop here is a process or habit to help you remind yourself to prioritise what matters most, especially if the daily grind of running your business and managing your life is starting to take its toll along the way.
Develop a gratitude practice
I’m a big believer that gratitude can change everything. It can help us exist in a place where we trust and believe that everything we need for a joyful, happy, and impactful life we already have right in front of us - even if we may still feel like a work in progress along the way.
For some, a gratitude practice looks like keeping a journal. For others it’s just saying out loud what they’re grateful for each day. It may just be something you do quietly in your own head. What I’d encourage you to explore, if you don’t already have a gratitude practice, is how you could build one into your life in a way that feels natural to you. To get started, ask yourself:
- What am I grateful for in my work and my life right now?
- Who are the people I’m so grateful to have in my life?
- What challenges and lessons am I grateful to be learning from right now?
- Whether today was the best or the worst of the week, what are 3 things I can be grateful for today?
Celebrate your wins along the way
Similar to developing a gratitude practice, something else I think we struggle to make space for sometimes is time just to celebrate our wins - big or small - along the way. Whether you finally completed that e-course you’ve been itching to make, or you booked a new client, or were brave and connected with someone new today, it’s all worth celebrating. It’s too easy to get stuck in the hustle and daily grind and forget to be proud of what all our hard work is helping us to achieve.
Whether you celebrate by giving yourself an afternoon off to watch your favourite film, or to take a walk in your favourite park, or treat yourself to dinner at your favourite restaurant - never forget to carve out time to celebrate what you’re making happen along the way.
Honour the season you’re in
My last piece of encouragement is to honour the season you’re in - whether it’s a season of feeling creatively charged and fulfilled, a season of hunkering down and getting the work done, a season of slowing down and embracing some rest, or a season of struggle and just riding the wave of the challenges you’re facing right now, or maybe a mix and a blend of all four.
We’re always navigating different seasons - life rarely stays one way for too long - and we can sometimes fight against it if it’s not a season we’re happy to be in, and we can feel like we can’t find any joy until this season passes on into the next. My encouragement for you is to honour the season you’re in, show up with a wholeheart, and make the most out of what you have available to you right now.
Next up we’re going to take everything you’ve discovered in Part 3 and turn it into an action plan to keep you moving forward...