Running my own business means that I am constantly juggling competing demands on my time. I’ve just finished showing my new collection in London and Paris and am already preparing for next year’s collection and shows. All of this at the time of the year when invitations to wonderful events with business colleagues and friends over the festive season are starting to come in.
As I love what I do, it’s all too easy for me to get swept away in my work, fortunately, I have patient and persistent friends who are able to help me hit the reset button to restore some balance.
Sound familiar? Here are a few tips to help you:
1. Learn how to let go and to say no
You don’t have to do everything, you may feel powerful and busy, but it can be infuriating to other people. Trying to be perfect and be everything to everyone only sets you up for failure. When asked to do something, don’t answer straight away. Give yourself time to reflect and respond. Learn how to say “yes” or “no”, and if it is “no”, be consistent. Identify what causes you stress and if you cannot remove yourself from such situations then learn how to manage your reaction to them. You will be surprised that once stress is removed or better managed it’ll free up so much time and energy to focus on what really matters.
2. Establish boundaries (and stick to them!)
Step away from your email and social media. Before you leave work, write a list of outstanding tasks or any projects on your mind, then shut down your computer and go home. Your mind needs time to refresh and recharge and you will be able to enjoy your time with your family and friends. The best ideas come when our mind is relaxed and we are not thinking about them!
3. Work smart, not long
Once a week on your commute home, take time to reflect of how you have worked that day. How did you spend your time? Which parts of your day were the most and the least productive? What activities have you given your time and energy to? Think about why? Time is your most precious resource, so ask yourself – are you using it wisely?
4. Be selfish about your “me” time
You can’t be the best version of yourself if you’re running on empty. Learn to recognise the signs and create time and space for you. Meditate, read, watch some TV, go for a run, hit the gym or do whatever allows you to clear your mind. This time in your day is sometimes the easiest to compromise on but be fiercely protective of it, as without it you run the risk of falling short of what you could achieve.
5. Ask for help
Remember it’s a sign of strength to reach out to your co-workers, friends and family to ask for help. Sometimes just talking something through may be all that you need.
6. Clear out your wardrobe
How many times do you look at your wardrobe through bleary eyes, throw your arms up and declare “I have nothing to wear”? Get your day off to a stress-free start by decluttering and creating a versatile capsule wardrobe of outfits that with simple re-styling, using statement accessories, can take you from the office to dinner.