Save Time: Me Time
'Me time' can sometimes be frowned upon in the entrepreneurial world, but here at Cone, we believe that to accomplish your best work, breaks are necessary. Here are out top tips to get the most out of your me time...
Take ‘Me Time' During Traditional Business Hours
Some of you will be screaming at the screen: WHAT?! Why would that ever be a good idea? It may seem completely counter- productive but during work hours, may be exactly when you need ‘me time’ the most. It can help you disconnect and cleanse your thoughts. We are not saying it has to be a long break; it can be something as simple as a midday 30-minute massage or reading a book in a quiet coffee shop. Sometimes getting your head out of the game can be much more beneficial than you sitting at your desk taking longer to do the work because you are burnt out.
You probably have heard this before but the art of knowing when to say ‘yes’ and when to say ‘no’ truly is a skill. Set people's expectations, that way you do not burn yourself out and people are not left feeling disappointed.
Discover What Rejuvenates You
I like to sit on my computer and trail through the internet into the hours of the early morning. Do I enjoy it? Yes. Does it rejuvenate me? Certainly not. Find a hobby or a method that relaxes and rejuvenates you. Ideally, something that you do not do in work hours, exploring a hobby that is creative has many benefits.
Take a Mini Digital Detox
I honestly cannot remember the last time I turned my phone off. Even on aeroplanes, you can get wifi now, which means we are always ‘on’. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a mini digital detox. Turn your phone on aeroplane mode and just have 15- 20 minutes off the grid! If anyone calls, it will act as if you have no signal, so it isn’t even obvious that you are ignoring the world...
I am on the fence about this one. For some people power naps really work, for me, I end up sleeping 24 hours and wondering where the day’s gone (slight exaggeration but you know what I mean). Power naps should be between 10 and 30 minutes, any longer and your body will start to go into sleep mode, more scientifically known as sleep inertia. Try it out for yourself to see if it can work for you, check out this guide to learn how to get the most out of your power nap.
Work To Your Body’s Schedule
Find a time of day that is just for you. For many entrepreneurs, this is early in the morning, a time before the household awakens. Make a nice breakfast, or a coffee, if that’s more your thing and get your thoughts together. If you are in charge of your own schedule, work at the times you work best at. For some this may be late at night, others early morning. I have never met someone who is at their peak at 3 pm (the hour of everyone flagging)- so if this is you- do let us know!
Use Meditation Apps
Use apps to help you get into the ‘me time’ mindset. I personally love SimplyBeing, a meditation app that allows you to choose how long you want to meditate for, and it will then talk you through it. It is brilliant for the times you are so tired, but cannot sleep!
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About the author
Chloe Slade is the Marketing Manager here at Cone and focuses on creating content that brings business and lifestyle together. Chloe is keen makeup lover, foodie and loves to work from luxurous destinations.