We receive these nuggets of inspiration at the most inopportune times. Without pen or paper audio recording device or video app, our brilliance leaves our fleeting mind as quickly as it arrived
Many of us women business owners are so busy caring for our families while working our business, being everywhere and doing everything that we don’t make time for inspired moments. It is hard to know when that moment will hit. It’s not as if you can mark it on your calendar, right?
What if you could help yourself along to have more of those moments on a more consistent basis when you need them? Inspired moments come by giving yourself the mental space to think, to contemplate a variety of solutions to a business problem. If you are so busy on your own version of the hamster wheel how can you make time for inspired thought?
I understand how hard it is to schedule time to think, strategize and brainstorm in your business especially if you are having some success – you are busy! I am in the same boat as a single mom of 2 and owner of a busy coaching practice.
Here are some ways I make time to think and allow for inspired moments…
– Folding laundry is a task I do not find engaging so I use that time to let my mind work. It’s great, my hands and my mind are engaged!
– Driving is when I do some of my best thinking. I don’t mean the city driving that takes all my focus but highway driving that allows for some mental space. Once in a while, I will pack up the toddlers and go for a drive to do errands a few towns over. It is the perfect combo of thought and task completion.
– Turn off the TV. I don’t usually watch television and it adds several hours to each day for me. Where TV is a hobby most people have, entrepreneurship is my hobby. So some nights, after the kids head to bed, I will spend some time just thinking, writing and mapping out different ideas. Not all of them are worth taking action on but some are and I get to enjoy the creative process.
– Go to dinner with a fellow business owner without any specific agenda. As a business owner you probably know other business owners you would like to get to know better. Grab a coffee or a meal together and do some collaborative brainstorming. It could be just what you need to get out of a business rut and make space for some inspired moments.
– Work with a business coach to get those creative juices flowing. One of my most popular offerings is the Strategy Session because my clients get the benefit of my creative ability to create out of the box solutions to their business problems. If you struggle with being creative or making the time, working with a coach might be the best solution.
Kate Powers is a published author, speaker, consultant and coach. Kate has been helping women in business achieve greater success while achieving live balance for over 10 years and recently released her second book. Learn more about Kate at http://katepowers.com