I’d be lying if I said the trick to run a blog, a non-profit and all my other business ventures was easy, I mean I feel fulfilled every day, I am enjoying the entire process but it is not easy. I have however developed a few tricks and key things that has helped me gain balance and also fuel my drive, focus and dedication.
TIME MANAGEMENT/PLANNING : I must admit I have become an expert when it comes to time management, I start planning my week every Sunday afternoon and I plan down to even my social media posting. I plan when to blog, when to have meetings, when to carry out my chores, appointments, production meetings etc I mean I plan everything. The last thing I want to do is suffer from a burnout because of lack of planning. I also add like a time factor to all my daily schedule, I also ensure that in a day I have a “me time” a time I take out just for me to breathe and relax even (if it is for 15mins). I also love to plan my off days, days I commit to doing nothing but focusing on me. I always take out one day in a week to do this. On my off days I rather go get a manicure or pedicure, go see a movie, try out a new restaurant or read a book.
THINK BIG: Whenever I get tired or feel like giving up, I remind myself of why I started in the first place, I think big, I Think long term, I think about the future. It can be so hard sometimes, there are days I go to bed sore, with multiple body aches probably from my non-profit field work and I will have to still wake up early in the morning to start my day, I call days like this my trying days, I always have to self motivate before I sleep and self motivate when I wake up. I remind myself that all these stress and work is just for now and wont last forever. I wont be working like this forever, I know in the next 4-7 years I will have loads of people (probably in hundreds all over the world ) to take off some work load for me. So now the aches, pains, long nights etc are all worth it. I am thinking big, dreaming big and thinking long term.
LEARNING HOW TO SAY NO: In balancing my life, I have learnt how to say capital NO, if it doesn’t fit into my plan I am not interested. If It is not adding value to me in anyway count me out. I have discovered that Nigerians love meetings so much, so these days I have cut down on meeting attendance, these days I prefer we FaceTime or mail each other, if a meeting is very necessary then we plan for a meeting, if not the answer is NO. In fact, saying no is a huge benefit to your business because it helps you focus on what really matters in terms of growth. These day anything that will waste my precious time I let it go like frozen …Let it goo, Let it goooooooooooooo
PUTTING MYSELF FIRST: This trick has helped me a lot in my business and with balancing my life. In putting myself first, I am putting everything and anything that adds to my life, my growth, my business and organization first. I am not afraid to cut out anyone or anything that makes me sad and unhappy. I will brutally remove every form of negativity around me without apologizing. Putting myself first means ensuring I am sane at all times, because my sanity helps a lot with how I run my companies.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: If you are in my shoes too, then you have to know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key, so always hydrate, workout regularly, eat loads of fruits and veggies and also try and much as possible to sleep for 7-8hours everyday. I know this can be hard, but go on a phone detox, that means put off your phone, and do something for you during the detox hour. I never play with my health because a sick Rhoda can never achieve anything.