When an amazing client AND a coach talk about something the same day that you’ve heard about before and thought, “oh yeah that’s a good idea,” but never tried it? It’s time to implement.
Meanwhile, you’re encouraging YOUR clients to do something similar.
Time to take your own advice (I’m talking to myself, by the way).
Here it is:
Schedule it in.
And more specifically in my world, use the Pomodoro Technique!
My client AND a coach were talking about the Pomodoro Technique the very same day and the wonders that it’s done for them, and this blog post is an example of me applying it to my life.
The Pomodoro technique is an all out 25-minute sprint to get something done. I’m sure there’s more to it, but that’s enough for me right now, I only have 25 minutes.
Schedule it in, and get it done.
Don’t look back.
That goes for quality time with your partner too if you have an all consuming business or you do work that you love.
I tell couples I work with all the time: Schedule your time together in!
Here’s the thing – if you are a creator, an artist or a business owner who is PASSIONATE about what you do, it can be super easy to let that work spill out into all areas of your life.
It FEELS good, it’s ENJOYABLE, it’s good FOR you, and sometimes, if you’re lucky (or smart!) you even get PAID for it.
What’s there not to love?
The fact that it can RUIN your self-care and your relationship if you allow it to.
I know, SCHEDULING time together is not romantic and certainly far from spontaneous, but what’s better, scheduled time together or none?
Don’t drift apart from each other because of your excuses.
The Pomodoro Technique is something I’m stealthily doing now in the corner while my daughter sleeps.
And come to think about it, I did it this morning with a 25-minute T-25 workout with Shawn T of Beach Body (I’m not a Beach Body affiliate but love guys like Shawn T and Tony Horton).
Better a 25-minute workout than nothing.
In the past if I didn’t have an hour to go for a run I’d say screw it and not get anything done. But honestly, 25-minutes of jumping, lifting, squatting, whatever…I definitely get my sweat on.
If you insert a few of these 25-minute blocks into your day, you might be able to get a ton more than you would otherwise, take care of yourself better, and actually spend quality time with the people who matter most.
It’s ironic, it’s the structure that can help you become limitless.
And you probably know what I feel is also a counterintuitive key to your freedom: Solid relationships.
The way I see it, relationships are an extension of self-care.
Doing work that lights your soul on fire is ALSO an extension of self-care, but if you’re anything like me, you might have a tendency toward getting addicted to things, and doing work that you love that actually pays you can easily become one of them.
So, set a timer in your life to not only put up boundaries to get your work done, but so that you do not neglect what’s absolutely critical as a foundation in your life: Your relationship.
Those 25-minutes together (or however long you can find) are not the full answer to marital bliss, but they will give you a chance to connect.
It’s almost like stopping to breathe.
When those moments of connection are a guarantee, the rest of your life and day will run smoothly, just like if you eat well and take care of your body with minimally a T25 workout.
And guess what? No lie, this took me under 15 minutes to write.
What are you going to Pomodoro today?
Let me know in the comments!
Cheers to thriving in business & love,