Beauty Pros Top Tips for Staying Focused During the Chaos of 2020
Or, Any Uncertain Time, For That Matter
If you know Elite Beauty Society and follow our blog, then you know we’re not really in the biz of beating around the bush.
Let’s face it—2020 has been kind of a dumpster fire. We don’t say that in jest, and we certainly don’t say that with intent to undermine any of the tragedy that’s befallen our society this year, but at some point, you’ve gotta call a spade a spade, right?
This year has brought about all kinds of unprecedented tragedy that none of us could have prepared for—from natural disasters to global pandemics to social unrest, there’s no denying there’s a lot happening right now.
Many of us in the beauty industry have been ping-ponging back and forth between quarantine-style lock downs and socially distanced reunions with the clients we love all while balancing the overall unrest we’ve been feeling the world.
So, it goes without saying we’re all probably feeling a tad distracted.
That’s the understatement of the year, huh?
We want to start off by saying that if you find yourself struggling to focus on your career, your salon, your goals, or anything productive in general, know that you’re not alone and that it’s OK to not be OK.
That sounds cliché, but it’s true. These are weird, chaotic, and uncertain times—there’s no protocol or guide for how to be OK, so rest easy knowing we’re all winging it as much as you are.
But just because everything is feeling banana-nut-crazy all around us doesn’t mean we must succumb to the chaos and lose our desire to focus on the things that matter most to us.
It’s important to work on finding a sense of direction to center yourself, and that’s precisely what we’re here to help you do.
A Beauty Pros Top Tips for Focusing During Uncertain Times
Not sure where to start when it comes to refocusing and staying on-point during the 2020 chaos? Don’t sweat it. We’re offering a few helpful hints below that beauty pros can use to refocus, re-center, and revamp their minds.
Self-Care Comes First
Yeah, we know you’ve got a business to run and we know you’re a badass beauty pro with an agenda, but if you want to refocus, you’ve got to take a break and focus on yourself. We have the perfect Ebook for that too, click here to download.
That’s right, people, self-care has to come first.
Think about it—if you’re not filling your tank, you’re running on empty, and we all know how far something can go with an empty tank, right? (Tip: the answer is nowhere).
Self-care is a complicated subject because it looks different for everyone. Sometimes self-care is a bubble bath and a milkshake. Other times, it’s scheduling an extra session with your therapist.
Don’t be afraid to self-soothe, of course, but don’t mistake that for self-care. Self-care is sometimes the tough stuff we don’t necessarily want to do but need to for our own well-being.
Take time to focus on yourself, your mental health, and your brain. Get enough sleep, eat well, exercise, take breaks, and avoid leaning on indulgences that could trigger even more stress. It also never hurts to chat with a professional who can teach you healthy ways to focus and take care of yourself.
We’ve got an entire article right here that’s all about self-care specifically during these crazy times. Give it a read before you continue, okay?
Mind Your Priorities
It’s time to really sort through everything you must get done and really analyze how important those tasks really are. Write down a list of what you want to accomplish and then rank them by priority.
Clean the salon? That’s an urgent task. Play with your pup. That’s a double-urgent task.
Create a new line of organic conditioners for a new project? Important, but maybe label that one as “important later” so you can better manage your time and your productivity now.
Your New BFF: The To-Do List
Can’t seem to get your mind around everything you need to do? Organize it with a to-do list.
To-do lists might seem a little silly, but if you regularly create a daily list of what you need, you can have a reference for what needs to be done, how important it is, and account for what you’ve already accomplished.
You can do this the old-fashioned way with a pen and paper or you can go all new-age digital on yourself with an organization app or software. Choose whatever works best for you!
Center Your Mind
Ever heard of a little somthin’-somethin’ called mind mapping?
It might sound a little funky at first, but it’s a great way to analyze and structure your own thoughts to develop a sense of organization and control.
Whether you mind map through the help of an app like Simple Mind (or something else) or you find peace and logic in self-led meditation, these simple, consistent efforts can help you refocus and re-center yourself in a snap.
Listen, beauty pros, there’s no shame in admitting that times are tough. If you’re struggling, don’t be embarrassed or scared—know that we’re all standing right there with you through these uncertain times just trying to figure it all out.
Stand strong, believe in yourself, and do what you can to refocus your minds. If you have some tips for your fellow beauty pros to refocus and stay engaged during the chaos of 2020, we highly encourage you to reach out and drop a reply right here on this blog.
We’re willing to bet the beauty community here would be thrilled to know that there are a ton of cosmetologists and beauty professionals out there who are trying to right their brains, too!