“You can set boundaries for your health and wellbeing as a creative business owner” pretty much sounds like a lie when you’re in the thick of it, doesn’t it?
Your business is your baby! You built this thing from the ground up, and poured yourself into it. It’s probably hard to tell where your business stops and you begin sometimes.
Maybe you know you need to start putting boundaries in place, but you feel guilty about laying down the law. Maybe you just want to have the freedom to be a total night owl and talk to your clients whenever! I feel you, big time.
But I learned the hard way: allowing yourself to be synonymous with your business does not do great things for your mental health.
So, I’ve started setting boundaries in certain areas of my business, and I’m here to tell you that it’s so beyond worth it. Here are some you can start setting right the heck now:
It’s so important for your clients to know when they can and cannot get in touch with you. You shouldn’t feel like you need to go open your laptop when you’re out to lunch! Straight up, let them know your working hours!
This also helps so that you don’t feel the need to check your DMs, emails, and messages all the dang time. Set this boundary internally with yourself, too! When you’re out of office, your head can be. It’ll allow you to come back refreshed and ready to go!
If it would help you, a good trick is to set a timer or a reminder in your phone to get your head out of your business and into the present.
This is a big one! It’s very important to let clients know the best way to get in contact with you about work-related things. Let them know right off the bat!
Like, it’s cool if they follow you on Insta, but you don’t want to have to track down conversations on multiple platforms. My preferred method of communication with clients is email!
This will help you stay organized when you are working, and in the present when you’re not.
This one is just for you, and it’s the hardest one EVER to set as a business owner who primarily works online.
Social media and screens can be incredibly draining, and super detrimental to our mental health. Comparison, imposter syndrome, and procrastination can creep in as a result.
We’re already behind a screen all day, too, so it’s super important to find ways to wind down that don’t have us transferring to medium-sized screen (computer) to little screen (phone) or big screen (tv)!
Some of my favorite tips for this one are to 1) set timers on your apps, and 2) get creative with the way you start and end your days! I like to start my mornings with my coffee and my journal instead of my phone, and sometimes I like to end them cooking with my husband.
The bottom line is that you should take just as much care of yourself (if not more!) as you take for your business. You and your mental health are precious! You should always come first.