Your Reset and Revitalize Weekend
We all know our day-to-day lives can be busy. We are constantly scrambling to get things done and as entrepreneurs, we need to make sure we are taking the time to create and be creative. The creative process is different for everyone and can be at different stages for everyone. Some people might be thinking of starting a new business or setting goals for a currently growing business.
As a young entrepreneur, we seek advice from others, our friends, mentors, and advisors. This is always helpful but it’s good to take the time to figure out what you want. Sometimes taking the time can be difficult. So, I have created a template to help you. The Reset Weekend is created to help you clear your mind and focus on finding what you want and what feels right for you!
This is just a template so you can pick and choose what activities will work for you. You don’t have to do it on a weekend either, you can start on a Monday if it makes more sense for your schedule. You can choose to dedicate the whole week, a day, or you even a half day.
Setting Yourself Up for Success
Communicate your plans to family and friends. I encourage you to not text or chat with people as you go through your Reset.
During this process, you will be doing a lot of brainstorming and thinking so make sure you have a notebook or journal. You’ll want to start by writing down the goal for the Reset. It can be a question “Will my business be online?” or it can be a goal; “Figure out the next 3 products for my business to sell?” It can even be a more vague question like “What business should I start?” The questions or goal is mainly to keep you on track throughout the Reset.
Make sure that your brain is functioning at its best. One week before my reset weekend. I plan to eat healthily and get exercise. This doesn’t mean I will make extreme changes, and actually, I would not recommend you make any big changes. Start with small “better for you” choices.
Eating healthy is different for everyone, for me it starts with making sure I’m drinking plenty of water and eating lots of veggies. As for working out, my main goal is to get my body moving, so that blood gets pumping into my brain. I will be walking for 1 hour every morning. If you aren’t used to this I recommend starting with a 20-minute walk.
Now we have set an intention and are prepped for the weekend.
My Detailed Outline of a Reset Weekend
After a long week, I want to start by setting a slow tone and starting with something easy. I plan to watch a documentary. Documentaries get me in a thinking state of mind. I will prep some calming tea, nothing with
caffeine. Either a chamomile or mint tea. Both of these plants are in my garden, they are the best! I want to make sure I have a notebook, in case I want to take some notes.
If documentaries aren’t your thing, you might want to read a good article or pick a chapter from a book you have read that inspires you. Perhaps listen to a Ted Talk on something you are passionate about or a new topic.
Rest is key, so its important go to sleep early.
I want to start my morning off with my favorite breakfast. While having breakfast, start to remind yourself of the goal or question you set for the weekend.
We are constantly hearing a lot of advertisements, marketing that comes from TV or social media about what we should do or what’s cool and trending. Tuning all of it out can be hard. One way to quiet the noise or block out the advertisements is meditation or prayer. The experience is amazing! I learned to settle my mind and slow down my thoughts. It is a great way to start the day.
Immediately after your quiet time, I suggest you head to a spot with lots of fresh air, like a park or a hiking trail. I plan to head out to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden as this space really inspires me.
Spend some time walking around and gathering your thoughts. Start thinking about your goals and slowly introduce more thoughts. This is the beginning of your private brainstorming session! When your ready find a place to sit and start journaling. Write down anything that comes to your mind and don’t be shy, there is no right or wrong answer. Since people will be around try to avoid asking others for their opinion. Remember this is about finding your own opinion and voice.
l will probably be at the park for a few hours, so I will be sure to pack enough food and snacks. You can even plan for a picnic and bring a blanket to lay down.
After my outing adventure, I will head back home to do some cooking. Cooking not only is a way for me to continue the creative process, but it is often something people enjoy. Go ahead, make a nice meal for yourself, you deserve it! Pro Tip: Make it feel special by playing some of your favorite music and lighting some candles.
After dinner self-love is highly recommended, maybe a face mask, or a bath. Don’t forget to keep your journal close by, so you can jot down any ideas.
I will be heading to the farmers market to get my groceries for the week.
Some things are non-negotiable for you and your family, and that’s okay. Whether it’s a soccer game, church, or a family event, make the time to attend and then continue with your reset weekend.
Important Reminder: Try not to ask for the opinion of others on what you’ve been brainstorming and journaling so far. Your thoughts are your own until you are truly ready for sharing.
After completing the farmers market haul and having a good breakfast, I will be heading out for a bike ride.
Pick some sort of activity to fuel your mind with energy so you can start the thinking process again. Oftentimes ideas come as you are working out. So don’t shut off your brain, let the ideas flow and be sure to get them down on paper after your workout. I plan to end my bike ride at a local coffee shop, so I can take some time to journal as I enjoy the ambiance.
After lunch find a place that inspires you. For me, the perfect place is the hammock in my backyard. If you find you are most productive away from the house, then find a nice quiet place. Perhaps a museum or a library.
Once you are settled in, review all your notes from the weekend. By this point, you probably will have written down a lot of ideas. See what stands out to you the most and highlight those ideas. As the Reset Weekend comes to an end, you want to try and formulate a conclusion to all your brainstorming. Write down your next steps or a solid concrete conclusion.
You should be proud! You took the time to find your own opinions and your voice-guided you that much closer to your goals!
Contributed by Nashely Ruiz, Girls’ C.E.O. Connection Advisory Board member