Updated: May 3, 2019
We all have them here or there... a slow week. I used to get pretty nervous when that happened. I would wonder how long it would last, why it was happening and start comparing that week to my “best” weeks trying analyze what was different. I still have to stop myself from going down that rabbit hole.
But, I’ve realized there are actually many benefits to a slow week! And being able to reflect, re-organize and create space for new opportunities has helped my business grow. When we go, go, go all the time, we can get burnt out. We need to find that balance and having a slow week is a nice reminder of that.
A Chance To Work On Things
In my Facebook live, I chat about a time when it seemed like everyone cancelled on me one week. I was already at my office and ready to work so I took that opportunity to run to Home Goods and get things to refresh my office! We tend to put things like that on the back burner when we’re busy working with clients, but they are important and can make a big impact on our practice.
Now, we can’t do that every time (though that would be so fun!), but it’s something to think about. Does your office need some TLC?
Keep It Fresh
I believe that by keeping things fresh both in our lives and our practices, we’ll continue to attract new and fresh things into our lives. If we stay stagnant, it’s hard for new opportunities to bloom. What is something in your life or business that needs some freshening up?
Recently I felt the urge to purge my kitchen at home. I have been so busy with work and life that I just hadn’t had a chance to spend time working on our house. It felt so good! I used Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic Art of Tidying Up as a guide. If you haven’t read her book or watched her show on Netflix, I highly recommend it!
It’s All Relative
Everything changes. We grow. Our business evolves. So just remember that this slow time is likely not going to last more than that, so don’t worry. Think of it as an opportunity to declutter, tidy up and create space for busy times ahead.
It seems that there is a common theme among people that I’ve talked to that are wishing for things that just aren’t coming to fruition. When you take a step back and look at their space, it seems to be neglected. A slow period is the perfect chance to address these issues!
It’s important to be a good steward of what we have so we can be ready to receive what we want.
Is there anything that you have been neglecting? What do you want more of?
Get Some Perspective
Another helpful activity to do when you’re having a slow week is to get some perspective on your office environment. Literally put yourselves in your clients’ shoes- sit in your waiting area, look at your office from the view of the couch or chair that they would sit on, take in your furnishings.
How does it look for your clients?
Is it inviting?
What are your clients seeing?
Does anything need to be changed or updated?
Shake It Up
When times are slow, what can you do to shake some energy up? Look at your goals and compare them with where you are right now. Are you hitting them? What can you do better? What do you need to add?
I like to take this time to follow-up with clients, tweak my processes, catch up on notes and de-clutter.
Don’t get nervous, get productive! Be embracing of this time and all of it’s opportunities. Get excited about what lies on the other side of a slow week.
Slow time is a great time to reflect, don’t let it just be a dead period. Think about opening space for everything that is about to come your way. Here are a few things to reflect on:
What energetic space am I going to create?
Is my space clear?
How is my daily routine?
Do I need more balance?
What is working? What is not working?
What are my processes?
Do You Need More Help?
I help clinicians have space to process through things so that they can be more present with clients and other aspects of their private practice. Being an entrepreneur and owning your own business is a very vulnerable experience. We put our services out there to the world with the faith that people will purchase those services and to keep coming back.
Oftentimes, we want to do this work, we want to put this work out there, and we want to have our practices, but we need even more support than we thought, because it’s a little bit more intense and different than we thought.
That’s where I come in. I am a therapist, and I’ve created a successful private practice, so while I have the coaching aspect that I can give to you, I also have the practical aspect that I can give to you. On top of that, I have an understanding of all the pieces of it because I've been there. I really think that if we want to serve others the best, we’ve got to be in the best place!