It’s June, the halfway point of the year. I don’t know about you, but June is when I start to hit kind of a wall — I’ve been powering through the first half of the year full-steam-ahead, planning and strategizing and marketing, and then the actual busy season really hits hard. If you too are feeling overwhelmed and are ready to recharge yourself, what better time to give your business a few very precious gifts?
Here are three great things to try this month:
1. An exhilarating, thoroughly-thorough brain dump. This is one of the key parts of David Allen’s Getting Things Done concept, and basically entails emptying your mind of every single thing inside it — professional, personal, whatever. This clears your head and enables you to quiet the nagging voices so that you can create a plan that works. I personally love 2 Good Things’ methodology, and I recommend doing these brain dumps weekly if you have the time. If you don’t, no worries — it’s never too late, and you can clear your head any time, no matter how long it’s been. I promise you will feel great afterward.
2. A monthly business review. I’ve written before about how much I love Sage Wedding Pros’ free and cheap downloads — they offer a ton of resources for wedding business owners. I use several of them regularly, but one of my favorites is their Monthly Business Review. I’ve blocked the last morning of each month for this exercise and have found it invaluable for keeping myself on track.
3. Celebrate your success. I wrote a while back about how miraculously renewing a solo retreat can be. However, even if you can’t spare the time and expense, you can still take a few moments to reflect on all that’s positive about your business. Take a look at the revenue you’ve generated, read through your positive reviews and endorsements, soak in the comments from your fellow wedding professionals on social media, feel gratitude for the people on your team, flip through the photos of the amazing work you’ve produced. revisit your thank-you notes from grateful clients. It’s easy to get bogged down by all that we haven’t yet accomplished and all the ways we could improve — but taking credit for all that you have done is so important, too.