How to Make the Most of the Busy Season, Without Burning Out!
Burnout is real! We know as well as anyone how easy it is to take on one more client, just one more infill, just a little bit more admin…
As a self-professed (former) workaholic, I used to try to squeeze in every little thing - no task was too big, no client asking too much; I’d find time for everything!
What that led to, however, was not finding enough time for me. I wasn’t sleeping enough because my mind was so full of my to-do list, I wasn’t eating properly because I had no time to eat during the day OR I was way too tired to prepare food when I got home at night. Sound familiar?
Here are some tips to help you navigate the busiest time of the year without sacrificing your health!
This is a big one and it’s so easily done! It’s a busy time of year, you already have your regulars booking in for their lash infills and you’re more than likely attracting new clients who’d love a full set of lash extensions for the holidays.
So what happens when your regular client tries to book last minute? Well, while you might normally try your very hardest to squeeze them in, you may just have to tell them no this time around!
I know it’s hard to say no, especially to those regulars that you love, but it has to be done! As a person and as a business owner, you need to have boundaries.
Plan Your Lunch Breaks
One of the best ways to plan your time effectively is to use a google calendar - it’s attached to your gmail account so it’s completely free and it’s super easy to use, just block out the time that you’ll spend on any given task, including your lunch breaks!
If you don’t have a booking system in place yet, this is also a really great way to display your appointments - you can even colour code them for different treatments!
Taking time for a lunch break will do you more good than you realise - just that little time away from lashing where you’re sitting up straight and letting your eyes and mind rest is unbelievably beneficial!
Leave A LIttle Time Between Appointments
While you may think this is in case an appointment runs over, it’s actually so that you can take a little breather - have a stretch, sort your trolley out, have some water - just spend 5 minutes on yourself.
DO NOT use coffee as a meal replacement! I could end this point here - sure, you’re getting a bit of a buzz and you might be getting some calories and some dopamine from it, but you’re getting little else.
I’m not saying don’t treat yourself to a coffee if it’s something you love - you absolutely deserve treats - but what I am saying is that you need to eat what will fuel you. Lots of fruit, lots of veggies, lots of protein - and DON’T cut out fat or carbs entirely, you need them to function!
Make sure you’re having things that take care of you, but which also make you happy - tasty things, fun things, things you actually want to make time for and enjoy.
Make Time to Pamper Yourself
Last but not least, take some time out to pamper yourself, whether that’s a facepack and a hot bath at home, or a massage and mani/pedi, you deserve it!
There are little things you can do as well, of course - going for a walk to clear your head, reading a book, sitting down for a movie night with a friend or partner are all things that will serve to lift your spirits, and keep your mind healthy!
Whatever you do this festive season, make sure you’re taking time for YOU! Remember that rest is productive when it’s what your body and your mind needs.