Running a home care agency is no easy feat. It’s important that you’re not only taking care of your caregivers and clients but also caring for yourself.
Burnout is very real problem amongst home care agency owners and it’s often something that isn’t talked about enough throughout the industry.
Whether you’ve been working in the home care for 10+ years or are just getting started, knowing your limits and investing in yourself more intentionally is important.
Here are some self-care ideas every home care agency owner should be implementing into their routine.
#1: Schedule regular clarity breaks
You’ve probably already found ways to limit the amount of work on your plate; however, as a home care agency owner, we know the number of new tasks and responsibilities you have coming in never actually ends.
Consistently overworking yourself can catch up to you really fast. It’s likely that your weeks are going to be much longer than 40 hours– and while that’s okay, it’s important that you’re taking time for yourself and not neglecting your personal life.
Even if you’re not willing to fully let loose and take a week off for a beach vacation (although, we highly recommend it) sometimes taking a day off and extending your weekend can give you the clarity that you need to come back even stronger.
Another thing that we recommend on a more business-minded level is implementing clarity breaks into your monthly or even weekly routine. Here at Home Care Pulse, we follow an Entrepreneurial Operating Systems (EOS) that encourages all staff – including the CEO and management – to schedule a couple of hours here and there to reflect on the work they’re doing. It’s a time set aside for ideas, without the distractions – simply you, a pen and notepad, and your thoughts.
In addition to these shorter, more regular clarity breaks, we also recommend taking half a day off at least once a month to put things into perspective. It’s easy to get wrapped up spending time IN the business. These clarity breaks will help you to focus ON the business.
Taking a short, or sometimes long, break from the hustle and bustle of business can be one of the best ways to fight any stagnation or stress that has built up over the weeks, months, or even years.
#2: Learn to delegate
You can’t do everything, even though you might wish you could.
There are just some things you’re not going to have the time for. It’s important to prioritize your schedule and know what you can and can’t handle. It’s fully acceptable to delegate tasks to other team members that you see fit for the job.
As an entrepreneur, business owner, CEO, founder – you name it – you might be a workaholic as some might call it, or perhaps just a results/performance-based individual. With new opportunities and tasks continually coming in, it’s crucial to recognize the fact that you don’t always have to be the one to save the day, at least… not every day.
#3: Schedule your day
Taking charge of your calendar isn’t always an easy thing to do, especially with the uncertainties of home care; however, time blocking can be a great tool for managing what your day will most likely look like.
The most important thing isn’t that your day is set in stone, but more so that you are taking time to plan and add some “me time” into the mix.
You should start by gauging how many hours you’re currently working and deciding if that’s the necessary amount. After that, you can plan the workday hour-by-hour and finish up by scheduling time to unwind and focus on your personal life.
If you’re already a type-A personality, this might be pretty easy for you. If not, here are some tips and tools that might help: