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Revitalize Your Business: 5 Essential Ways to Rest at the Start of the New Year As An Online Business Owner

Are you coming down from your sugar-high and non-stop viewings of  “Save the Christmas Festival in your Hometown with the Help of Santa’s Cute Son” movies?


No - just me, lol…


As a solopreneur or small business owner, it’s easy to feel like you need to hit the ground running in the new year. However, amidst the hustle and bustle of running a business, it's crucial for you, as an online business owner, to prioritize self-care and rest to ensure you start the new year with the energy and focus needed to achieve your BIG goals. 


Let’s explore five essential ways business owners can rest and recharge!


Digital Detox and Unplug


Between your business and life, it's easy to be constantly connected through smartphones, emails, and social media. A digital detox is a powerful way to break free from the screen and give your mind a chance to reset. Consider designating specific periods, such as weekends or evenings, to disconnect from work-related technology. Use this time to engage in activities that bring you joy, whether it's spending quality time with family, enjoying outdoor activities, or indulging in a good book. By unplugging, you'll allow your mind to rejuvenate and gain a fresh perspective on your business.


I know that when I'm reading more, I feel better overall. So I made my goal last year to read 48 books. Now I didn't hit that goal (37...so close!), BUT because that was a focus of mine I did spend a lot less time in front of a screen and enjoyed the downtime (real goal achieved!).


Reflect and Set Intentions


Take the time to reflect on the past year and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Recognize the challenges you faced and the lessons you learned. This reflective process can be empowering, providing clarity on what worked well and what needs improvement.


Once you've reflected on the past, set clear intentions and goals for the upcoming year. Define the milestones you want to achieve and create a roadmap to guide your business journey. This exercise not only helps you align your actions with your aspirations but also instills a sense of purpose and direction.


Invest in Professional Development


While taking a break from the daily grind is crucial, investing time in your personal and professional development can be equally rewarding. It’s easy to be so laser-focused on our client’s needs or the practical business needs and forget about filling our own cup.


Consider attending workshops, conferences, or online courses relevant to your industry or leadership skills. Networking with other business professionals can provide fresh insights and inspiration. By continuously learning and growing, you position yourself to lead your business more effectively and stay ahead of industry trends. Allocate time and resources to education and pouring back into yourself, and watch as the benefits ripple throughout your business.


Delegate and Collaborate


As a business owner, it's tempting to take on every responsibility to ensure things are done your way. However, this approach can lead to burnout and hinder the growth of your business. Learn to delegate tasks to capable team members, hire contractors, and look to your network for collaboration. By distributing responsibilities, you create space for innovation and prevent the bottleneck effect. This collaborative approach can lead to a more efficient and harmonious work environment.


Prioritize Physical and Mental Well-being


Your business is only as strong as the person running it, so it's essential to prioritize your physical and mental health. Incorporate regular movement into your routine to boost energy levels and reduce stress. Additionally, practice mindfulness through activities like meditation or yoga to improve focus and mental clarity. Adequate sleep is non-negotiable; ensure you're getting the rest your body needs to function optimally. By taking care of yourself, you'll be better equipped to tackle the challenges of entrepreneurship with resilience and vigor.


A few things I’ve worked into my day include morning stretches while my coffee is brewing, a late afternoon walk listening to podcasts and audiobooks, and playing around with different mantras to help rewrite some of the negative stories I’ve been telling myself. While walking almost always has an immediate effect on my mood, most of these have taken a few months to really start to see a difference. So even if you aren’t seeing a difference right away, stick with it!


At the end of the day, your business can only be as successful as you let it. That means taking care of yourself first to prepare for an amazing year ahead! Remember, a rested and rejuvenated entrepreneur is better positioned to lead their business to new heights. So, take a step back, recharge, and embark on the new year with renewed focus and purpose.


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