Last February, we celebrated Galentine’s Day (February 13th) with our Share The Love campaign on social media and in your email inbox. Each day in the week leading up to Galentine’s, we asked you to share with us and comment about the various people in your life who you love.
This year I wanted to make it even better for you. I want to talk about how we can show ourselves love, too. This challenge goes so well with this season of my podcast, Productivity Paradox, which is all about investing in YOU.
We’re often concerned about the big holiday, and what to do to show our partner or family that we love them. I encourage you to show yourself a lot of love this month – and I’ll give you step-by-step tips on how to start (and maintain) your self-love.
I didn’t put the entire “Me Time” section on the Monthly Mission Boards for nothing. Really use this section this month to make February spectacular! Here’s a few ways to get you started:
Mental – I’m a big advocate for continuous learning. I’m always reading a book, watching an interesting documentary, talking with others about business or parenting, and looking for ways to learn how I can better run my business. Take some time to decide on one or two new things you’d like to learn about this month, and dedicate blocks into schedule for that.
Emotional – Spend time with your favorite people and pets! Look at how much time you’re spending on social media or watching Netflix, and make sure to prioritize the people around you who make you happiest. As important as this is, make sure you’re also setting aside quality time for yourself, by yourself. Whether that’s quiet time at home and a bath, or if you’re wanting to go out and get a massage… do something fun with family and friends, as well as making time for your own self care.
Physical – Get moving this month. Be more intentional and aware of how you’re spending your time at work, at home, in the evenings and morning, etc. You can get in a little break at work by going for a walk or helping out with more physical tasks instead of staying at your desk. You can even look into standing desks for your office!
Implement more movement in your morning and/or evening routines. It could be a full workout or just a 10 minutes walk and stretching. Either way, you’ll feel more awake!
Get started or stay motivated goal setting, planning and prioritizing with one of my favorite downloads. Choose from the ACTION Roadmap or the 5 Minutes to Peak Productivity worksheets (or you can download both!). Part of loving yourself is caring and nurturing what’s most important to you. Sit down and look at your progress with your goals and dreams, and make a plan for moving forward so you can feel successful and satisfied at the end of each day.
I’ve talked a lot about the importance of writing things down for your brain to remember. It creates a connection there unlike if you typed it or if you thought about it. Consider keeping a little journal where you can write down your thoughts, goals, hopes, or even your worries. This can be really beneficial before bedtime to get your feeling down on paper. It’s actually been proven that this can help you fall asleep (and sleep better!) as well as begin your day with a fresh start.
Don’t forget that sharing the love with others can still mean that you’re loving yourself. Give your friend a call and see how they’re doing, or shoot them a text asking how their day has been. But better yet, plan an evening out with a friend or a whole group to get in that quality time. Sometimes we tell ourselves that we don’t have enough time to go out… that we have to clean, or make dinner for kids, etc. While those things need to get done, allow yourself the grace and time to have fun with those who make you laugh and bring your spirits up. Show your friends you’re thinking about them and that it’s important to spend time with them, and you’ll reap the benefits, too.
You might be wondering how you can simply fit this in, but it’s all about delegating and banking up time in your week. Episode 022 was all about how to create pockets of time in your day… so I suggest listening to that episode on your way to work or as you make dinner to get a few ideas!
There’s a number of ways you can give yourself a treat… in a healthy way. Here’s just a few things I personally like to do that are enjoyable and boost my productivity every time I do any of them:
Share in the comments below how you plan to share the love this month – whether for yourself or with others. These are just a few ideas… but really, it is about what works best for you and what makes you happy. I, of course, encourage you to do things like this throughout each month.
You don’t have to try and get all these things accomplished in February. Pick a few that you can easily integrate into your life and know that you deserve it! Happy Planning!