I live in the
mid-west, and the seasonal changes around me are showing signs of shedding what
is no longer needed. Have you considered doing the same? As I approach this
time of year, I have learned to take stock of what I am spending time and
energy working on. Taking a tip from nature, I assess what I no longer need to
be focused on (especially those activities that are energy zapping), and
prepare to open up space so I can dig into new opportunities.
In the Fall trees shed their leaves and go dormant to store up energy for new growth in the Spring. Likewise, taking time to assess priorities and projects will free up space to potentially add more interesting, productive, prospects that are a better return on your investment of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Sometimes it is a simple as prioritizing tasks and to-do lists to identifying how you are using your time. As you do this, you can also see if tasks or projects need to be eliminated, especially if they no longer add value.
What are you working on that is energy draining? Can this project be discontinued or handed off to someone else? Does your calendar and schedule include time for self-care and growth? If you had no restrictions on your time and energy, what would be your ideal project look like? How energized would this make you feel? This is where you should be focusing your energy!
Like many small
business owners, I am not working with just one business or one client each
day/week. I have to manage where my energy is used to generate the best
outcome. Some weeks external factors create stress, and if not managed
correctly stress can be the underlying cause to many negative impacts on our
Stress is a feeling people have when they’re overloaded and
struggling to cope with demands on work, relationships, finances, or other
situations that pose real or perceived challenges or threats to a person’s
wellbeing. Stress can be a motivator and it can be essential to survival.
However, too much stress can decrease immune activity, slow down digestion, and
Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension
resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Stress is the body’s
reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts
to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. According to
the Cleveland Clinic, stress is a normal part of life that people experience – stress
from the body, stress from thoughts, or stress from the environment.
Being aware of how you react to stressors can help reduce
negative impacts and manage more effective strategies to cope with stress. As
leaders, it is important to develop effective stress reducing strategies. Some
strategies that help reduce or manage the impact of stress include: exercise,
balanced nutrition, time for relaxation, breathing practices, mediation, and
prioritizing what is important.