Advice on setting boundaries for yourself to have time off
Owning a retreat centre (where I live on site) is more than a full-time job, and it can be really challenging to get any time for myself. But when I work all the time my mind gets so full, and I lose the spaciousness that is required for inspiration and creative solutions to come.
Prioritize, delegate, and plan in advance. Every morning ask yourself “What’s important to accomplish today?” and write a list. Then look at the list, and ask “What can I delegate?”. It’s hard to delegate because we’re always trying to save money, and we also think we’re the best at everything, but the truth is that there’s an opportunity cost to spending time on tasks that someone else could do. For me, it means that I can’t do the things I am really gifted at such as planning new retreats. You simply can’t do everything. Lastly – plan your days off. I make arrangements so that someone else can take over and I can completely remove myself for a day. And, I need to make a conscious effort to NOT work. I need to be diligent to not check my work email, and to physically stay away from the retreat centre. It’s so worth it though, because I rediscover the things I like to do, and I often get inspired with new ideas and solutions.