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Being intentional makes for an easier business

By Amira Alvarez

Being intentional about your weekend makes your business easier.

Weekends are important. (Of course!)

The main reason?

Well, duh, downtime is dope. (You knew that, right?)

But it's not just a nice to have.

Downtime rejiggers your creativity and fills up your energy tanks.

And this is essential in business.

It's kind of obvious but I never used to believe this.

I thought non-stop work was the way to get ahead. I was always go, go, go… one last thing… work harder.

Don't get me wrong, there's a time and place for digging in and just getting ‘er done.
For sure. But it's not sustainable to do this all the time.

You may be able to do it for a day, a week, a month, or even a few years…but then you exhaust yourself.

And along the way you'll make yourself miserable, which sucks and should be avoided at all costs. (Do you hear that? Completely unacceptable. It's the quickest way to hard and seemingly unsurmountable roadblocks. Don't get stuck there.)

If you want a successful and sustainable business, and if you want to really enjoy your business and look forward to running it each and every day, then being INTENTIONAL about your downtime is essential.

Intentionality with regards to the weekend is about thinking through what you want and how you're going to get it.

I ask myself questions like…

1) What do I need to get done in my biz today to feel DONE?

2) Is that reasonable? Can I really accomplish it?

3) What's my vision of an awesome weekend? What do I want to do? How do I want to feel?

4) Is there anything I have TO DO to make that happen?

This is what intentionality is about.

Being intentional doesn't have to take long.
Just a couple of minutes of thinking through what's important to you right now and how you're going to make that happen.

The old me used to get half way through her weekend and realize she was dragging herself down mentally by thinking about all the unfinished business and work stuff I needed to get done.

Or, I didn't really have a clear intention for the weekend, so it just happened to me in a very unsatisfying way so I never got the bounce from the weekend.

All that to say, there's a big interplay between your work week and your weekend, your business and your play time. They affect each other greatly.

Being intentional about this and really setting yourself up to make the most of downtime amps up your energy for business.

Being intentional about your business and really setting yourself up to make the most of your work time amps up your energy for life.

With that, have a wonderfully intentional weekend (or other downtime)…and business.

Amira

 

 

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