A big component of my coaching programs is helping you shift your mindset into one of a CEO. I firmly believe that acting and thinking like a CEO will take your art career to the next level.
However, thinking like a CEO does not mean you’re only thinking about the business, it also means you are taking the time to think about yourself. Companies like Google, Goldman Sachs, and Medtronic have introduced meditation and other mindfulness exercises to their employees, so why shouldn’t you introduce them to yourself?
Taking time to take a walk, relax, meditate and reflect on the day is incredibly important to unwind from the stress built up in your mind. Research suggests that meditating regularly can boost your resilience, help you mitigate stress, regulate emotions, and have a more positive outlook on things. A study executed by the Harvard Business Review suggests that just ten to 12 minutes of meditation is enough to boost creativity.
If you are working a full-time job in addition to trying to get in studio time, you might be struggling to carve out “you time” every day. ‘Self-care’ does not have to be difficult, or even be anything that lasts more than an hour. Simple things like taking the time to eat lunch away from your desk, go for a short walk in the park, reading for pleasure, or treating yourself to a massage are all incredibly beneficial ways to recharge and unwind.
A great tip is to schedule a time for yourself. Put it on your calendar so you do not book a meeting over it and stick to it! If your schedule gets too packed during the day to make time for yourself, consider waking up earlier and having ‘you-time’ first thing in the morning!
Many CEOs wake up between 5-5:30 am for this very reason. Going to bed and waking up earlier helps many people feel more energized. Incorporating early mornings into your life also gives you some wiggle room at the start of the day to meditate, work-out, journal, or whatever else will help you center yourself and your mind.
Readjusting your lifestyle to include you-time might be harder than it sounds. Forming new habits will always take time, but the good news is you do not have to do it alone. I have developed the Art MBA program to help artists maximize their days to create a successful career doing what they love.