How can doing nothing be the best thing? There is a business to be run, clients to serve, marketing to be done, websites to update, admin to be completed – how on earth can one do nothing. Well sometimes life throws you a curveball and you don’t have much of a choice. Let me explain.
Have you ever taken one of those personality assessments, the ones that indicate what your “type” or strength is? Well having worked as a psychometrist, I’ve done a gazillion of them. My so-called “strength” is achiever – which in short means I love to work and everyday needs to be packed to capacity. Although this strength has really helped me achieve a lot in the past, it seems to have backfired on me lately. The down side of achiever is that we tend to take on too much.
You see I’m writing this post in bed…..with a stack of tissues (Kleenex) next to my bed. Thoroughly clogged up with runny nose and watery eyes, sore throat and all.
The truth is I’ve been driving too hard, wanting to do too many things. I’ve been ignoring what my body is saying and now it is really screaming at me to slow down. It is time to take a bit of a break and truly do nothing – as in “do no thing”. Rest.
As a business owner, I’ve come to realise how important it is to take time off to recharge. Not just recharge the mind, but also recharge the body. As women entrepreneurs it is vital for us to nurture and care for ourselves so that we can serve our clients and those around us best. We often feel like we first have to attend to the needs of those around us, before we get to pay attention to our own needs. Add being a mom to this equation and our own needs seem to fall off the radar completely.
So now it’s time to take a couple of days off to rest and recover from this flu, to practice what I preach to my fabulous coaching clients.