Are you really loving what you’re doing? Or are you doing it because you think you have to?
Have you found yourself doing something in your life that you don’t actually enjoy doing but you feel you should keep on doing it anyway? Maybe you watched your own mother doing it? Maybe you took on a role early on and now it seems like it’s your responsibility, and yours alone.
Perhaps you are a perfectionist and if you didn’t do ‘it’ properly, you’d feel unhappy or give yourself a hard time? It’s good to check in with yourself how important that actually is to you, or is that just a habit too? Who do you think will really be judging you? Who taught you to be a perfectionist? Does what they said, really matter now? You can set yourself free.
It’s a great idea to take a moment every few months to create an inventory of your life and business tasks. As you grow, expand your life and business, you’ll find that you can let go of some tasks. You can pay someone else to help you, you can delegate or you can just stop doing them all together. And that can feel quite strange at first – and exhilarating too.
When I first hired a Virtual Assistant to help me in my business, I wondered if I could afford it, so I just hired her for a few hours a month. It felt so strange letting go and handing over. Taking that step though, helped me to expand and my business grew quickly as a result.
You’ll find that by letting go, you let something new in. You’ll have more time to focus on what you truly love to do. You may create new space for new clients to come in. You’ll feel lighter and more energetic, inspired which will have you attracting more ideas and lightness into your life.
Here’s where to begin:
1) Make a list of every task you do each day/week/month in your life e.g. Laundry, clean home, food shopping…
2) Make a list of everything you do each day/week/month in or on your business e.g. prepare social media marketing, write a blog, work with clients…
3) Go through your lists and score them off on a scale of 1 – 10, with one being that you don’t enjoy the task and 10 being that you love the task. Feel into the energy of each item. Does it light you up, or does it feel heavy or draining?
4) What right now is zapping your time and energy – or just doesn’t feel fun to you? Look at everything that scores less than a ‘7’ and go through each again and consider what you don’t enjoy about the task.
If you took some training, would it be easier, quicker and more enjoyable?
Do you have to do it, or come someone else take on that role?
What can be delegated – and to whom?
What could make it more enjoyable?
Does it have to be done at all? Who says it does?
5) If you stop, delegate or gain some training on those tasks with a lower score, what difference will this mean to you? What will you gain? What will you lose? If you have more time, how will you use or enjoy that time?
6) When will you begin to make these shifts? Today, this week? Or will you put it off until another time?
Remember, if you want things to change, you have to make them change and it is ok to break the family patterns of ‘it has to be done this way’ or ‘we’ve always done it this way’. You can do that. Let it begin with you.