Do you have days where you just have to down tools and sleep?
That was me last week, my body was telling me to pull back from the busy world of creation and connection that is my day to day business.
It was time to start managing my week rather than letting it manage me!
I adore connecting with women all over the world and helping them become confident and visible with a clear message to transmit to their people.
Some days I just have to stop.
How to manage your workload as an Introvert business owner
If you're an introvert setting up her own business, you may well recognise this. Days when you just want to retreat into your shell and do nothing. Your brain is muddled, fuzzy and unclear.
Rather than fight this, it is better to start listening and react to the messages your body is giving. Reschedule meetings if needed, pull back from social interaction online. Give your brain and body the time it is craving to rejuvenate.
That is what I did last Friday. I stopped everything. I went to bed and slept for 3 hours in the middle of the day.
Working for yourself means that you can control your schedule
Introverts need to recognise what activities drain their energies, and minimise these as much as possible in their working week.
A while back I journaled my energy levels through a few weeks to see if there was a pattern in how I was reacting; through the week, through the hours of the day, and to different tasks.
This highlighted a very strong pattern, that I was in my highest energy between Tuesday and Thursday each week. Fridays are generally bad for me, so I made sure I scheduled in no client calls on a Friday, if at all possible.
Going "live" on my Facebook page every Wednesday morning, before I do anything else is how to project my best self.
Doubts do creep in, even though I am told I look relaxed and confident. As this is still something that does drain energy from me in one way - but in another it saves a lot of energy too.
The thing is, for me, writing a post like this, takes time and my perfectionist nature pops in that wants to make formatting and associated photos or diagrams all perfect. In fact I started writing this post this morning, and only now completing it in the evening.
Writing for me takes time - but when I go live, talk directly to my audience and share, within 20 minutes my message is out there - clear and strong and no more work is required on it.
So going live actually saves me time and energy - and also gives me far greater reach to find new people that need helping.
Over the next few weeks, make a journal of where you energy is at and see why times of day and week you are at your most alert.
Then block in times to get the elements that need the most brain power from you in your high energy periods.
It's a proven method that works!