As we head into the height of the summer leading life & business coach Rasheed
Ogunlaru author of Soul Trader shares some tips on how to relax, re-charge and return
to your business re-energised
1) Time for you
If you are your own boss or have a really busy job there can be a huge temptation to
plough on through summer without a break. But it’s essential that you take time out.
Whether you go on vacation on stay-cation it’s important that you relax, recharge and
regroup. This is one of the few opportunities in a year you may get to catch your breath –
so seize the moment. What do need: time by the beach, time to catch up on rest and
sleep? Check in with yourself and put time in for yourself in your diary.
2) Time for things you love to do
Getting a business up and running or a career really progressing has a way of putting
everything else on the back burner. Hobbies, interests and pass-times can often become
an old memory. Summer time is the perfect time to re-acquaint yourself with them. Be it
that you love to paint, go for long walks, play sport, make things, bake things – whatever
it is get stuck back in. Very often hobbies and pastime have huge mental, physical,
emotional and spiritual benefits. They are part of what makes our lives healthier, happier
and more balanced. This may be just the tonic that you need to wind down, de-stress
and get excited and re-energised again. Far from being a distraction from business these
types of activies will actually boost your energy and productivity levels when you return
to business or work.
3) Time for loved ones too
There is that powerful saying that when all is said and done in your life few people will
report that “I wish I’d spent more time in the office.’ Likewise one of the biggest regrets
people say is they didn’t spend enough time with loved ones. Now is the time to catch
up with friends, family, loved ones, partner and spouses. Let them know that you’re glad
that they are there and let them know you care especially if your business has eaten into
the time you’d spend with them. Book time to catch up, be spontaneous and above all
spend quality time reconnecting.
4) Time for things you ought / need to do
The chances are that there are number of things that you may have put off or forgot
through pursing your career or business venture. What really needs doing and what will
improve your home, personal and business life? Write a very short and focused list.
Sleep, exercise and healthy eating often fall into this list. Appointments with doctors,
dentists, opticians and health practitioners is often another. But it may well also be that
clearing out your front room, garden or office and computer will also help calm your
mind, feel organised and enjoy your free time.
5) Time for a quick review / preview
The summer slowdown can also be a great opportunity to gently reflect on where you’re
at and where you’re going. First of all give yourself credit for all that you’ve already
achieved along your business / career journey? Now ask yourself / write down:
What’s going well and how can you build on it?
What are the challenges and problem areas – and who / what can help you?
What are the 2-3 priorities that would give you and your business / career a boost
Gently reflect on the answers and they’ll give you a great starting point for when you
return after your summer break.
Whatever you do have a wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable summer. Taking time out can
actually be one of the most powerful ways of bringing energy, purpose, balance and
perspective back into your business.
Rasheed Ogunlaru is life/business coach, partner and author of Soul Trader – Putting
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