Guess what? My new baby girl is three weeks old! Arrow Rose was born at 4:35pm on July 24th and we were all in love immediately. It’s truly been amazing to have another tiny human here but it is of course very time consuming…and arm consuming.
I have been making sure to take care of myself and get rest whenever possible now that I have a high energy almost two year old and this new little bundle of joy. Being a small business owner and my own boss I don’t have a real maternity leave, but have sort of lowered my goals over the next few months. My hope is to keep things current, but not worry myself with growth or doing anything new.
This is somewhat of a challenge as of course ideas old and new are still coming to me as well as that itch that I do WANT to do work. It’s just that time is short and I often have a tiny human attached to me (she is currently as I type this).
I have emails to return, newsletters I want to write, blogs I want to create and share (yay, I am doing it), the app I am developing to work further on…and so much more. I know I don’t HAVE to do any of this and taking care of me, my family, oh yeah packing up to finally move at the end of the month are higher priorities. BUT, I do truly WANT to get some business things flowing. Especially since my business is really just an extension of who I am.
So, I am taking my own advice this week and thinking SMALL! My goal this week is to get one thing done each day this week. Yes, just ONE! And it doesn’t even have to be a big thing. Writing this blog is my one thing for today. (Yay! I am doing it!)
Why think small? In my own personal experience I find that if I give myself a long list of things I tend to not do any thing. I jump around with where to start, maybe start a few things but don’t finish any of it! And the list just grows and then I get anxious and feel bad about not getting anything done.
It is just like when I know that I want to get some exercise in but I am feeling too lazy or tired or like I don’t have enough time to get to it. I tell myself just 5 minutes (or 15, or 15 depending on where I am in my life, time, tiredness) and because I have such low goal it is easy for me to just jump in and start and then often I am motivated to KEEP GOING!
With this goal of one thing per day, my chances of succeeding are high. Then I feel good about getting something done which has the potential to motivate me to get one more thing done! And even if I just stick with the one thing per day, I feel accomplished. I get to acknowledge myself for making progress! And I am actually getting things done!
Baby steps are steps! By thinking small you actually get into motion and that feels good and motivates us to keep going! This doesn’t mean to not have big goals…but to simply break down those big goals into small, manageable, actionable steps! It works for me, it works for my clients….and I have a feeling it will work for you too!
I also use this just think small/just 5 minutes approach to cleaning my house. It is so easy to put it off. But you will be amazed how much you can get done in just 5 minutes!
So…. how about you? How can you start small?