You started your business and became a CEO so that you could make the rules, have fun doing what you love plus have time freedom and financial freedom. Somewhere along the way, so many of us end up treating our business as a chore with never-ending to-do lists instead of something that we truly enjoy and have fun doing.
Well, that’s enough of that!
Grab a cuppa, your favourite notebook and settle into this episode where I share with you four things that you can do today to make your business and life more fun and enjoyable.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- How to determine what feels good to you vs what doesn’t in your business.
- Why you *must* give yourself permission to take a damn break!
- My awesome analogy on burnout and how to avoid it.
- Finding your happy sweet spot.
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The Episode Breakdown:
I‘m super duper excited to bring you today’s episode because we are going to be talking about how to have more fun in business!
We must remember that when we go full time in business and we become our own bosses, we make the rules and we’re in control of how much fun we have or how much fun we don’t have. So today, I’m going to be sharing with you guys how to start enjoying your business more, having more fun, freedom and all of those amazing things that we all started our businesses for in the first place.
The first thing is so simple and that is to only do what feels good in your business and don’t do what doesn’t. This means no more telling yourself that I have to do all the tasks because such and such said so or because that’s what everyone else is doing.
Let’s all give this exercise a go – get out a piece of paper, or your notebook and a pen. Start by creating two columns by drawing a vertical line from the top of the page down to the bottom of the page directly in the middle. What I want you to do next is put two titles at the top. One on the left that says ‘What feels good’ and on the right that says ‘Doesn’t feel good’.
Next up, I want you to take some time and fill in each column with every single task that you currently do in your business that either feels so freaking good to you and tasks that don’t feel good to you and that you do not enjoy whatsoever. Let’s remove all judgement, let’s remove all conditioning, all outside opinions, all outside influences and really ask yourself the question of does this feel good to me?
Now take a look at this list and everything in the left column of what feels good to you and you absolutely LOVE doing – obviously, keep doing that stuff! However, the tasks in the doesn’t feel good column that doesn’t feel fun and enjoyable, I really want you to look at those tasks from a place of being an empowered CEO in your business and then make a plan to either change those tasks to make them fun, you can get rid of those tasks altogether or if you don’t want to do those tasks but they’re essential in your business, then outsource!
I have gone through all of this before and written out everything in my business of what felt really good and then I decided that, yes, these tasks need to be done in my business, for example, editing podcast episodes, it needs to be done but I don’t want to do that so I have an amazing assistant who does that for me.
It’s also important to look at the list of things that don’t feel fun and ask yourself why. If it’s a strategy or if it’s a mindset thing then you’ll need to work through that if it’s something you want to keep doing in your business. Don’t just push it aside if it’s something you’re willing to work through. On the other hand, you must always give yourself permission to not do the task that makes you feel like shit. I can’t tell you how many women I’ve worked with that are so swamped in to-do lists that are pages and pages long of unimportant tasks they don’t even want to do.
So, step one is you can either:
- Go through and eliminate tasks
- Streamline tasks
- Or Outsource tasks
The second thing is and again, you got to give yourself some damn permission here. Give yourself permission to take a break from your business. Why is it that when we go full time in business that all of a sudden we no longer take any holiday leave or annual leave (the weekend doesn’t count)?
Here’s the thing…
When you’re the CEO of your own business and you want to scale to consistent $5k months or when you want to have six-figure years then of course you can hustle your way there if you really want to but is it really worth it? No, you need to take breaks.
As human beings, we actually need time away from our jobs aka our businesses in order to recharge. Think of our bodies like a car. We’re a vehicle, we put food, water, rest, and sleep in us like fuel but over time as we spend our energy then our tank becomes empty. Just like a fuel tank, eventually, all the petrol runs out and what happens is you end up running off fumes and you will eventually burn out.
You’ve got to start having more fun in your business by firstly giving yourself permission to do what actually is enjoyable and fun for you but then making sure that you’re taking time away from your business. Go do a puzzle, go for a walk, go for a drive, have breakfast at your favourite café, buy a new book or lay in bed all day and watch Netflix. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it’s nothing to do with your business and it’s something that you love doing.
And here’s the thing, when you have time off to really refuel yourself, you’re doing your clients a service. You’re actually helping your clients to get a better transformation out of working with you. If you’re a coach, you can be a better coach. If you’re a social media manager, the work that you give to your social media management clients is going to be far greater. If you’re a photographer, the quality photos and the meaning and passion behind them is going to be way better than if you burn yourself out to the point where you are just wrecked and running on fumes.
So, although it seems like the most unproductive thing you can do is take time off, sometimes it’s actually the most productive thing you can do because you will come back from that break so much more energised plus have a better mindset and headspace.
The last tip that I want to share with you is something that I’m the biggest believer of and that is that what we do in our lives affects what we do in our business and how we feel in our business. If we feel really good in our business, then we usually feel really good in our lives and if we feel so freaking happy in our lives, then that will be reflected in our business. It’s a win-win!
Do the things that you love in your everyday life. So I’m talking about having fun in your hobbies, having fun with your family, having fun socialising, playing games, reading books, gardening, walks on the beach or walk through nature. This should always be your number one priority.
If you want your business to grow and if you want to have more fun in your business then you need to start with having more fun in your life.
When you’re prioritising just living your life and having fun and making sure that everything in your business feels fun and exciting then that’s when you become fully booked with incredible clients. That’s when your audience grows on autopilot without you thinking about it. That’s when content ideas come to you when you least expect them. That’s when you make unexpected sales. That’s when program and product ideas come to you out of what seems like nowhere. That’s when you hit the consistent five-figure months. That’s when you have the six-figure years!
As a quick recap…
- The first thing you need to do is really reassess what am I doing in my business that feels good and keep doing that. And what am I doing my business that doesn’t feel good and then either switch it up, completely get rid of it or outsource because it must be done but not by you.
- Secondly, give yourself permission to take a damn break once in a while woman! Please give yourself that gift of resting and refuelling so you don’t run off of those empty fumes at the bottom of the gas tank. Recharge all the time and weekends do not count as a break.
- The last thing is just to do things in your everyday life that you truly do love and have fun doing. It should be a number one priority for you as the CEO of your business and your life. I honestly cannot stress that last one enough.
DO THE THINGS THAT YOU LOVE AND YOU WILL NEVER WORK A DAY IN YOUR LIFE.
It’s your business. It’s your rules. You’re the one that decided to make it this way and the best thing about that is knowing that you get to decide to change it from today and make it fun and exciting again.
I love you guys so much and I hope that you love this podcast episode as much as I did.
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