You don’t have a hobby? You don’t have time? I hear you, but you know what, you need to get one, pronto.
I never used to have a hobby either. When I started my business it was all work, work, work. I realised one day, about two years in, that I didn’t do anything for me. Not a thing. I was putting everyone else first, keeping everyone else happy, but what was I doing for my happy? Nothing.
So I spent some time pondering. I mean, what did I even like to do? I wasn’t really sure, I’d been putting myself last for so long. I remembered that once upon a time I’d wanted to write a book and decided to see if I still liked writing. I did a course through the Australian Writers Centre and really loved the creative process. So I committed to write that book, just to see if I could. I gave myself a deadline, a certain milestone birthday just under 12 months away. Keep in mind I was still running my business, and none of the other demands on my time had decreased. But I found the time and it slowly began to take shape. And in the process I regained my sanity.
The thing is, it isn’t about me and my book. It’s about having a hobby, something that’s just for you and nothing to do with your work or your business. Something to give you a break from all the day-to-day. I find that time spent writing invigorates me. It inspires me. It gets my imagination fired up, and I come back to work better for it. I’m a lot better at looking after myself now, but sometimes my writing time is the only ‘me’ time I get. And you really need your ‘me time’.
How do you get that me time? That time to explore, to find a passion, a hobby or even just a pastime? If you’re working six or seven days a week in your business it’s not going to be easy. But it is doable if you really want it.
The secret is to get systems in place in your business so that your day-to-day tasks are streamlined and efficient. That means you can delegate some of the more mundane stuff, the stuff that doesn’t need ‘you’. Not easy, but oh so worth it.
So, what’s your hobby? And when was the last time you did it?
And if you were wondering? I finished my book on deadline and sent it to a writer friend to give me some honest feedback. She loved it (amazing right!). So now I’m working on the edits and then I’ll think about the next step.
If you don’t have time for a hobby get in touch with me for an obligation free conversation about how you can get your systems happening to free up your time and reclaim your ‘me’ time.
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