I’d argue that this month, probably more than any other month in the year, you’re feeling busy.
Between the wave of patients and clients setting appointments so they can look their best for all their holiday parties and social events and the slew of events and gatherings on your personal calendar, the last month or so of the year can be exhausting. And now more than ever, you probably wish you had more hours in the day.
That is exactly why this week felt like the perfect opportunity to discuss the topic of how creating space in your life provides you with greater clarity. The kind of clarity that allows you to take a step back and see the big picture or the forest through the trees, if you will.
Let me explain.
Have you ever spent an entire day, or even, a whole month only performing the day to day tasks in your business? You feel so overwhelmed that you can only take it one day at a time to feel like you’re getting everything done?
That’s because you don’t have enough space.
When you haven’t created space, you’ll find yourself constantly busy with a never-ending list of to do’s. You won’t have any time to think about your long-term goals. You’ll find that you’re spending all your time working in your business rather than on your business, and it’ll feel like an uphill battle to grow, gain new clients, and reach even the smaller goals you set for yourself and your business.
I’ve felt those pressures, too, but then a shift happened this past summer when Kyle and I were traveling for three and a half months.
See, I’ve “known” about the importance of creating space in my life, but my tendency is to be busy. However, when we were traveling, and I was working on the road and often without internet access, I was essentially forced not to spend my time on “busy” tasks.
With such limited time to get my work done, I had to learn to be incredibly efficient and only focus on actions that would help me to reach my goals.
And that’s where our relationship with time comes into play. That feeling of “there are never enough hours in a day” isn’t a matter of not truly having enough time, but the fact that we have not created enough time or space to accommodate the amount of "busy" that is in our schedules.
For example, have you ever taken something off your plate to free up more time only to feel like you don’t actually have any more time than you did before?
That’s because if you’re not intentional about creating space and spending that specific time window on your business, goal-setting, or looking at the big picture, you’ll simply find another “busy task” to fill up that time.
So, my challenge to you in this holiday season is to create some space in your life.
Whether it’s taking a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon to take a guilt-free nap in the middle of the day, or even take an entire weekend getaway. Do what’s feasible, and do something that will help you refuel and refresh in a way that invites more productivity to those hours you are spending on to-dos and the other things that need to get done to keep our lives operating on track.
Now that is on the personal side of life, but I also want you to look at your business and simply block time off on your schedule.
A time for no appointments, no to-dos, or meetings. For me, in a perfect world, I have one workday a week blocked off where I dedicate myself to reading, networking, or strategizing for my business.
Does this happen every week? Of course not. Things do come up where I need to spend that time “doing” rather than leaving it as open space. However, I make a strong effort to guard that space as much as possible, and since I’ve been doing this, my business and my team have become more streamlined and more efficient, which then allows for me, you guessed it, to create even more space.
See, that’s the magic of it. When you intentionally and purposefully create space in your life and business, you’ll find ways to create more of that time because you’re able to look at the big picture and see what items take priority, what can be delegated, systematized, or dropped off altogether. But when you’re in the minutia, trying to do everything, you’ll find yourself in the weeds, wondering where in the world all your time went.
In fact, to show you that I practice what I preach, this will be the last blog post of 2016. For the next two weeks, my team and I are going to take a break to spend time with our families and create a bit of space in our own lives. We'll be back to our Monday postings here on the blog and in your email box on January 2.
Until then, create that space, enjoy your holidays, enjoy being and make time to reflect on this past year and the one ahead, let’s make it a great one!