I really like to achieve my goals in business. I love creating plans and strategies. And I absolutely love taking action. So far, this attitude has been a winner for my business. But believe me when I say… the only way that I’ve been able to achieve my business goals is to do it all in a soulful way with lots of room for flow, alignment and flexibility. So how do I work in this way without losing focus and commitment? Well, it’s all about working with your natural cycles in business. And today, I want to show you how I do it!
But first… let’s talk about why it’s important to work with your natural cycles.
If you look to nature, you will see that the world is full of cycles.
Plants follow natural cycles.
Animals follow natural cycles.
The ocean and tides follow natural cycles.
The moon follows natural cycles.
And if you watch the world go through all of these different cycles then you’ll realise that this is the ‘natural way’ of life. Cycles teach us that there is an ebb and flow to everything. That there will be both birth and death. That there is a time to rise and a time to retreat. That constant growth isn’t the ‘natural way’.
But when it comes to our business… it can be easy to deny these natural forces.
This might mean that we push for constant growth all of the time…
That we are always trying to rise, without recognising it’s time for retreat…
That we deny our natural rhythms and push ourselves to burnout and adrenal fatigue…
And by failing to recognise our natural cycles, we actually affect our potency. And our work and business begins to suffer.
I love working with the natural cycles in my business because they show me where I can be most potent. They tell me when it’s time to slow down or when it’s time to be more visible. They guide me to focus on different areas of business (areas that I might not normally be inclined to focus on). And they guide me through the natural ebb and flow of both life and business.
So are you ready to work with your natural cycles in business?
Working with the lunar cycle
Working with the lunar cycle is a powerful process and one which I have been doing as a regular and consistent practice for over two years.
The moon ebbs and flows in cycles from the New Moon, when we cannot see it in the sky, through to the climax of the Full Moon shining so brightly.
The New Moon is a powerful time for setting intentions and activating our desires.
The Full Moon is a powerful time to release and let go.
And each phase between the New Moon and Full Moon has a special energy to it.
Not only can we rely on the moon phases to guide us through our natural cycles – but each moon phase activates a different astrological sign.
For example, this month we have a New Moon in Pisces and next month we will have a New Moon in Aries. While both of these moons have the qualities of a New Moon, they have different energies depending on the astrological sign that they’re sitting in.
Here are some simple ways that you can work with the natural cycles of the moon in your business:
- Use the New Moon as a time for setting your business goals for the month
- Use the Full Moon as a time to pivot or make changes to your plan
- Use the astrological sign of each New Moon and Full Moon to guide your focus for the month. For example, Pisces is all about compassion so how can this guide you in your business for the month ahead?
The more you work with the lunar cycles, the deeper you may want to go. And believe me, there is so much magic and support that the lunar cycle and provide!
Working with your menstrual cycle
Did you know that the length of our menstrual cycles are synced up with the waxing and waning of the moon, occurring around every 28 days? You might even be synced up with the phases of the moon, meaning you will menstruate around the new moon and ovulate around the full moon.
But even if you’re not synced up with the lunar cycle, tracking your menstrual cycle is a powerful practice to follow.
Our menstrual cycle is a great indicator of when we will feel our absolute best and when we might be feeling low in energy and creativity.
As a general guide, a woman will feel her best when she is ovulating (normally occurring somewhere between day 12-19). In this phase, she is energetic and creative and very social. This is the complete opposite of the menstruation phase of the cycle when a woman will feel a drop in energy and creativity.
But these observations are just a guide and a woman’s menstrual cycle is as unique as she is!
That’s why I love tracking my menstrual cycle and observing how I feel during different stages of the month. This is as simple as keeping a note of how you feel on each day of your cycle. You can then look back on this to observe any trends and themes. And once you know what to expect from your menstrual cycle, you can plan accordingly.
For example, you could:
- Clear your schedule on the first day of your bleed so that you can rest and restore
- Schedule meetings when you know you’ll be feeling the most social
- Carve out time for creative work when you know you’ll be feeling most creative
- Schedule time for reflection when you feel your energy is going to drop
Working with your own daily rhythm
As well as the natural cycle of the lunar and menstrual cycle, there is also your own daily rhythm. You know how people talk about being an ‘early bird’ or a ‘night owl’? Well, what they’re really referring to is their own natural rhythm (i.e. when they are most energetic and creative).
When we have our own business, we often get to choose the hours that we work.
Are you choosing hours that suit your daily rhythm?
Are you making the most of the times when you’re high energy?
And are you allowing yourself some rest during those times of the day when your energy drops?
Knowing your own daily rhythm is great for planning out your day. Here are some examples of what this might look like:
- Writing blog posts first thing in the morning because that’s when you’re most creative
- Writing back to emails in the evening because that’s when you most crave conversation
- Working a couple of hours in the evening because that’s when you get the best ideas
- Taking a couple of hours off work in the afternoon because that’s when you crash
And that’s how I work with my natural cycles in business!