Each and every day we have the same amount of hours of those incredible people we admire (Qween B, Oprah, Blake Lively, Tony Robbins etc. etc.). One great key to success is routine and structure to ensure a time and a place for the “must dos” which allow your mind to be free when it comes time to be creative and thinking outside the box.
Each day amongst the hustle and bustle that we continually navigate as a biz owner, it’s easy to lose that sense of self and direction. I certainly find that by taking the time to ground down once a day and to spend time (even just 15 minutes) with myself, I feel much more productive and present in the moment.
Each day I have a few rituals I do to ensure I stay focused, motivated and grounded:
THREE THINGS YOU ARE GREATFUL FOR TODAY
Take some time to recognize how lucky you are in this life. List three things in this day you are grateful for. Do your best to chose 3 different things each new day.
I love the Smiling Mind App, it offers different types of mediation and alerts me when I haven’t checked in with the app (or myself!) lately. Another great choice is Headspace. Both are free and available on iphone and android.
BATTLE NEGATIVES & FEEL AMAZING
Find your queen! Within each an every one of us we have the ultimate super hero, woman (or man) who can conquer anything. Sometimes the world has us in a bind where we don’t feel confident to take that next step or speak up. When you’re feeling a little “off” or you’re feeling vulnerable in a situation or even if you just need to feel a little empowered. Ask yourself “What would my higher self do?” or “What would my Queen Self do?”. Whether it means brushing off some negative feedback or buying the perfect pair of heels that you’ve wanted forever, find your inner Qween and “Treat Yoself”
MANIFEST YOUR QUEEN
Positive thoughts and affirmations encourage our subconscious to achieve much more than we believe we can. What you believe you achieve. The self talk that we offer ourselves daily is, in most cases, critical and usually quite negative. Taking a few minutes out of your day to tell yourself and truly believe positive things about you and your capabilities will set you on the path to a more positive internal dialogue. A few of my favourite examples:
- I am beautiful. Mind, Body & Soul
- I only take actions that are serving me and that bring me pleasure.
- I choose myself first always, remembering that I can only give when I am fulfilled.
- I enjoy life and everything it has to offer.
Choose a manifesto or mantra that resonates with you and that you feel is in line with your beliefs. Find a few online or write your own and repeat them to yourself over and over. If you can do it out loud or whilst looking in the mirror you get bonus points! It may feel silly at first but you will start believing all that you say.
Every morning I start the day with a large glass of warm water and a squeeze of fresh lemon. This flushes out the digestive system and rehydrates the body.
The foods that you eat offer fuel to the body to be the rock star that you are. I love to fuel with lots of fresh produce and avoid processed and high sugar/salt foods. Each fortnight I “Meal Prep” 2 weeks worth of meals, which for me includes 3 small meals a day (plus breakfast and 2 small snacks). I follow an eating plan set out by my trainer and I have to say that I thought I ate quite healthily before but nothing gives me the energy and health benefits than eating a well balanced diet does. I highly recommend a plan but know that for some people with families it’s not an option to food prep. A great start to making sure you get all the right fuels is to plan each meal (put it in your Asana! See below!!) and recipe ahead of time and whatever meals you can to avoid making big mistakes and maccas runs (we’ve all been there but, NO MORE my queen!)
And of course DRINK WATER! 2-3ltrs a day is recommended (READ: Essential!) for optimum body and brain function. Plus during long office hours the need to use the ladies means you will get up often for a good stretch.
I love getting out for a walk. It gives me more energy, it’s peaceful and I get to spend time with my thoughts and myself. I spend long hours in the office and studio so a good walk or jog gets my blood circulating and my heart going. I try to do a 45 minute fasted walk each morning and fit in a 30 minute quick workout afterwards where I can. I also push myself to do at least one yoga class a week. It doesn’t seem like much but when I get to spend time on myself I thrive during the day and feel more balanced.
For many people getting organised can be a colossal mountain climb. A program I love is ASANA. It’s free and easy to use. It links with my Google calendar, my phone and my email so I can keep on top of juggling all the tasks of my businesses and all the jobs at hand. Better still you can link colleagues or employees and assign tasks when needed. I definitely advise a short course in how to best use Asana to get the most out of it. Get onto it and tart the ball rolling, it may be a little overwhelming at first but I recommend starting out by listing EVERYTHING out on paper, do a huge brain dump to clear out the brain clutter. Categorize each into groups and then write out the steps that need to be taken to complete each task. It’s a hug job but once it is done it’s amazing how much more productive you are and efficiently making better use of your time.
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