This month I’d love to share with you one of my secret weapons for getting everything done in my life without getting stressed out or overwhelmed.
You have all heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Well I’d like to argue that it takes a team to achieve my to-do list!
Being a busy mum of 2 young children, an entrepreneur and a wife, I have a lot on my plate.
Does that resonate? Do you find that you have always got too much to do and too little time? Do you feel like you are chasing your tail all the time?
You are not alone. I learnt the hard way that it’s okay to delegate some of my tasks and ask for help. In fact, it’s the healthy thing to do for my health.
I’m sure you are aware of the massive body of research that linked stress to ill-health, so I’m not going to go over it again.
You know stress is bad for your health.
And I knew that too but didn’t really care until I got overworked and ended up at the hospital with stroke-like symptoms a year ago!
Don’t worry! I’m only using my life experience to illustrate the point I’m making but I’m not suggesting for a minute that it will happen to you too! I just happened to develop strong migraines that mimicked the symptoms of strokes.
Fast forward to now: I learned the art of taking it easy and delegating my work.
I’d like to share with you 4 practical strategies that will help you create a more enjoyable, productive AND healthier life:
- Get your family involved. If you are a parent, get your children to help you make the beds or performs simple tasks around the home. They will take great pride in helping you. I promise you that nothing will be done to your standard but you’ll need to loosen up on your expectations because…every little helps…right?
- Hire a Personal Assistant. Get a Team! I know what you’re thinking: can I afford it? Is it OK? Yes it is. Permission granted. As we speak my Virtual Assistant is on the other side of the world working on my website. If, like me, you are a busy working mum you could look at hiring a babysitter or a cleaner so that you get to focus on your work (or take your kids to the park whilst someone cleans your house!)
You get the gist. Get some help for yourself and start small until you can afford to have someone supporting you on a regular basis.
You can see this as an investment in yourself, your health, your career and your children. Nothing less.
- Choose EASY over DIFFICULT. Could you cook quicker meals or use frozen vegetables vs.fresh? Jamie Oliver says they have the same nutritional value. In other words, where can you take cheeky shortcuts that won’t affect the quality of the meal or result you want to achieve.
Easy is good. Try it on for size.
- The number 1 question to ask yourself is: “Who else can do this?” We often think we should do everything ourselves but we are not always the best person to do everything. Some of us find it particularly hard to delegate because they want things done their way or they don’t actually have the time to delegate! Make the time. You’ll create jobs for people. You’ll create more freedom for yourself and you’ll feel good.
And remember, in the wise words of author and philosopher Danielle Laporte: “Feeling good is the whole point”.
Nancy Florence is a Success Coach and Psychotherapist for female entrepreneurs. She left her corporate job to create a business she loves and to spend quality time with her family. Nancy is dedicated to empowering women to take a stand for their dreams and to live their ideal life. Her support and mindset strategies helps her clients to bust through limiting beliefs and to become the women they want to be. To read more about Nancy click here
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