25 #holisticpreneur Habits You Can Still Create This Year
We are coming towards the end of June and half the way through 2017! This year is flying by. How do you think you are doing? Are you up to date or flagging behind?
This is the perfect time to review how you are doing this year and still time to make any changes. Changes that can become a habit. Do you find that you want to make changes but don’t keep to it? It maybe that you are trying to make too many changes at once, just try to keep it to 3 at most.
I have been trying to set myself a morning routine which is not too bad, but, I am trying to add too many new habits into that routine and not achieving any. I have finally achieved a routine for the morning now when I stopped beating myself up and was away from the situation at home.
Instead of my normal pot of tea and scroll through social media for over an hour, I now used that time to catch up on an FB Live videos, webinars, audios, pdf’s anything as part of learning. I save all this information in a Dropbox folder that I have named Morning Learning and then instead of switching on the TV or going straight to social media I now arm myself with notepad and pen, pot of tea and my tablet to read, watch or listen to information to help my self-empowerment, spirituality or my business. This I have taken to this really easily and has quickly become a habit.
Here are some ideas and suggestions for tweaks that will positively affect your personal and professional lives. Now, remember do not try and do all of these and don’t get overwhelmed. These are here as suggestions and they might help you create your own.
1. Wake up the same time every morning
I am not a morning person, I am definitely a night owl, but I do now try to wake earlier in the morning, (early for me is 7.30am) but I do take my time and not rush to prepare for my day.
Hal Elrod (www.HalElrod.com) is the author of what is being widely regarded as “one of the most life changing books ever written” — The Miracle Morning — Based on the premise that how you start your day largely determines the quality of your day, your work, and your life, The Miracle Morning gives you the ultimate morning ritual and teaches night owls how to beat the snooze button, even if you’ve never been a morning person.
In our industry, we know it’s important to take time out to calm your mind every day. Breathe in and out, clear your mind of your thoughts, and just be present. Download a useful meditation app like Headspace to start with guided meditations and then graduate to whatever works for you.
3. Drinking water
It’s no magic bullet, but the benefits of water are many. … In fact, drinking water (either plain or in the form of other fluids or foods) is essential to your health as you know. Sipping water with lemon will kick-start your day. Try a glass about a half hour before breakfast; the lemon juice in your belly will help your body absorb your breakfast nutrients better.
Repeat 3-5 positive affirmations every day. This will dramatically start improving your relationship with yourself through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. An example for me would be, “You are loved. You are worthy. You are enough.” If you have trouble coming up with things to say, make a list of all the things you like about yourself next time you’re feeling particularly proud or accomplished and refer to it in times of self-doubt.
5.Write up or create a professional mission statement
Personal mission statements help with personal development. They force you to think deeply about your life, clarify its purpose, and identify what is truly important to you.It imprints your values and purposes in your mind so they become a part of you.
6. Develop SMART action plans for your goals and targets
Making an action plan is the number one secret to effective goal setting, regardless of what your goal is. SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time. Break your plan down into baby steps and attach a realistic deadline to each step.
7. Keep a journal
Document daily or weekly reflections in a feelings journal. You can do it anytime, when you’re feeling lost or confused, where you felt proud or at peace for comfort. Re-read entries for business ideas or to re-ignite a passion that may have dwindled out of tribulation. I have 2 journals – 1 personal and 1 business. I like to keep them separate and I doodle, paint, draw pictures, quotes, poems, successes, failures, goals, targets, ideas, remembrances like gig tickets, train tickets, leaflets, brochures etc.
8. Plan out your day in advance.
The old adage– if we fail to plan, we plan to fail. Pick the top three tasks you need to accomplish in a day, and only plan on working on those three things. Schedule your tasks the night before, so there’s no thought involved when you sit down with your coffee in the morning. Just get to work.
9. Set specific times to check and answer emails.
Since most of us communicate professionally through email, we can’t simply shirk the responsibility altogether. Set designated times (ie 30 mins slots at both 9 AM and 4PM) to check and respond to urgent emails. It’s easier than it sounds since I’m personally tempted to check my inbox for important messages multiple times every hour.
10. Create weekly meal plans.
We have enough stressors in our daily life. Don’t make food one of them. Every Sunday or Monday (or whatever day you designate), plan your meals for the week. Make a shopping list and get all the ingredients in one go. You’ll save time, energy, and the most valuable asset of all, your sanity!
11. Find a workout buddy.
Add some accountability to your workouts by committing with a workout buddy. Exercise be more fun with a friend, plus, you’ll have to justify yourself to a 3rd party every time you want to skip a workout, which is more difficult than it sounds.
12. Go for a 10-15 minute walk every day.
Walking is my favourite form of exercise and I try and get out for at least 30 minutes every day and often listening to a podcast while I walk. Spending time outdoors is a natural antidepressant. Whether it’s in the morning or on your lunch break, commit to spending time in fresh air and outside of your therapy room.
13. Network with people outside your industry.
One of the best lessons I learned from my 17 years in the holistic therapy industry is to never underestimate the power of referrals. Making connections in other industries only broadens your horizons and exposes your business to potential new clients or client referrals. Make friends with web designers, marketing, graphic designers, VA’s, or accountants.
14. Write more handwritten notes.
The tactful art of the hand-written “thank you” note was lost long ago, but you need to bring it back in 2017. Send snail mail to your clients, to your team who have helped you build your business web guys etc, your suppliers. Set yourself apart from the masses by adding a touch of class and gratitude to your correspondence.
15. Trade in night time TV for good books.
Trade in your TV re-runs for a good book. It will help you fall asleep at night.
16. Get more sleep.
Habits of successful people, make sleep a priority. Insomnia and sleep disorders are largely out of our control but set the mood by getting in bed an hour earlier. Lower the temperature, turn off your phone and pull out a good book.
17. Invest in your home.
Your home should be your safe haven, so make it a place you want to be. Allow yourself to buy fresh flowers every week (I love the smell and look of fresh flowers), light a candle every night to unwind, – do whatever you need to do in order to feel relaxed in your space. This is especially important for those of us who work at home.
18. Donate items you don’t use to charity once a quarter.
Clutter is one of the easiest ways to not want to spend time in your home. You don’t need to become a minimalist, but declutter your wardrobe or rooms of your house. Getting rid of old things will make room for new things to come into your life! Also, giving back can reduce stress, stop overwhelm, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose.
19. Practice accepting compliments with “Thank You.”
It’s healthy for both you and your relationship(s)– romantic, friendship, and professional– to accept compliments with a simple “thank you” instead of an “OMG, no way. My hair looks horrible today!” This will not only improve your own self-esteem, it also will make those giving the compliments feel as though their feelings are recognised and validated.
2o. Take time off.
I am the worst for this! None of us is the Energiser Bunny, and having a solid work-life balance is incredibly important. We aren’t programmed to work seven days a week for twelve hours each day. As a full-time holisticpreneur (holistic therapist and business mentor), I understand the difficulty in closing your computer and refusing to post on social media for an entire day. For your mental health, though, commit to giving yourself at least one day off each week preferably 2!
21. Identify your personal or professional role model and reach out to them.
Studies show that most people who succeed have a mentor. This is because they’re inspiring in the right ways, they can walk you through the right doors, they’re a serious source of anxiety relief, and most importantly, they know what it takes to succeed in your field. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt!
22. Keep a list of your best ideas.
Your ideas are wonderful and unique, so you shouldn’t lose them in the shuffle of everyday life. Each day, write down your ideas, any and all ideas that come to mind and keep them all in one place. Sift through and edit your ideas every month or so, and put the best ones at the top.
23. Create, and look at your vision board regularly.
It helps you to visualise your dream life and all you hope to achieve while living it. Similarly, posting your vision board in an easily accessible place, like your PC, phone or pinned up on your office or bedroom wall keeps you abreast to your long-term goals.
24. Celebrate milestones.
It’s okay (and healthy) to self-promote your progress and share your joy through social media, emails or other correspondence. Give a gift to yourself or celebrate with a friend. This will generate support and encouragement by others which only gives you more fuel to keep going.
25. Eliminate toxic influences.
Unfriend, unfollow, or delete whatever contacts you need in order to channel positivity and support. Value your mental and emotional health by identifying stressors and cutting ties with those friends or family who find joy or comfort in bringing you down or by being unnecessarily dramatic.