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Three Self-care Hacks for Solo­preneurs

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You had big dreams when you started your busi­ness: You’d never have to ask the boss for a day off again. You could work four-day weeks or fi­nal­ize that new mar­ket­ing pre­sen­ta­tion from a beach­side ca­bana.

Re­al­ity is a bit dif­fer­ent, isn’t it?

If you’ve man­aged to con­quer your sched­ule and make your work-life bal­ance dreams come true, feel free to stop read­ing. But if you find your sched­ule and your san­ity slip­ping away, it’s time to reeval­u­ate your ap­proach.

Know your bound­aries.

Email, text, and in­stant mes­sag­ing make it dif­fi­cult to ever be truly off­line.

But there’s a prob­lem with in­stantly an­swer­ing every client mes­sage: It sets the ex­pec­ta­tion that you will be avail­able 24/7/365. Es­tab­lish your com­mu­ni­ca­tion ground rules up front by pre­sent­ing them as part of your con­tract. Will you be avail­able at any time? Only dur­ing week­days? Only dur­ing cer­tain times? Put your bound­aries in writ­ing.

Plan for your life. What are the ac­tiv­i­ties that make you feel good? Maybe you have to hit the pave­ment for an early morn­ing run three days a week. Maybe a weekly man­i­cure or monthly mas­sage is the key to your san­ity. It’s im­por­tant to find the self-care prac­tices that work for you and then stick to them.

Learn how to dis­con­nect. The Cana­dian In­ter­net Reg­is­tra­tion Au­thor­ity (CIRA) re­ports that nearly three in four Canadians spend at least three to four hours on­line every day. Imag­ine hav­ing even one or two of those hours back! If you’re not ready to lock the phone away, start slowly by dis­abling the con­stant phone no­ti­fi­ca­tions that trap you into the scrolling cy­cle.

Re­mem­ber: You’re in charge of your time and how you use it. Tak­ing time for your­self isn’t self­ish; as a solo­preneur, you are your busi­ness.

In­vest in your­self and you’ll reap div­i­dends in your re­la­tion­ships, your men­tal health, and your pro­duc­tiv­ity.

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