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July 22, 2009

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When I think of "Pay Yourself First" I'm often drawn to the financial aspects. As a freelancer, I've often found myself reinvesting income back into the business and paying business expenses first. Then I get what is left over, if anything. This, of course, is just NOT an effective way to work. "Pay Yourself First" and if what is left after paying your employee's wages isn't enough focus on increasing your businesses income. *Makes note to put this in practice.*

More important than money is to pay ourselves with time. I like to make sure I get my 30 minute gym workout each weekday morning and always feel fantastic to have that time to focus on just me!

I used to keep a gratitude journal and want to get back to this as well as an accomplishment journal where I congratulate myself on every single little thing I achieved each day. Both did amazing things for me when I took time for myself to write in them every day.

Thank you, Marla!

Natalia, if you've ever suffered through gym class, I'll bet you've done more calisthenics than you realize! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by & taking a moment to comment.

I'm intrigued by your 12 min. yoga routine and look forward to checking it out. Some of my favorite yoga DVDs are the AM/PM series with Patricia Walden and Rodney Yee (by Gaiam). Are you familiar with these?

You make a very good point re: more self-care time being ideal. When I'm coaching clients to make changes, sometimes 10 minutes is all they can manage at first. (And honestly, as a mom of a very active toddler, some days that's the most time I can manage, as well.) I think it's important to get into the habit first, and build on this success in time.

Appreciated you mentioning humor, too. So true!

Thanks again for stopping by.
-Coach Marla

This is wonderful. You are right - it is so crucial to "pay yourself first" - as counterproductive as it can sound!

Making a "5 Things I'm Grateful For" list can be quite nourishing.

I need even more than what you mentioned, though: 30-60 mins of yoga every day or most days to feel generally calm. And I need to laugh! To laugh by reading hilarious blogs and watching silly comedies - perhaps especially before hitting the sack.

Also, 12 minutes of morning yoga makes a hell of a difference (this is my favorite morning yoga routine so far: http://blog.yogatoday.com/2008/12/15/morning-wake-up-sequence/) Let me know what you think if you try it! :)

I've never done calisthenics. I'll look it up. Thanks!

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