If you follow this blog you may be tired of hearing me say how tough it is to run a business., especially if you’re a business owner yourself. Well, bear with me because I’m going to say it one more time. Running a business is serious business! Now that I’ve gotten the obvious out of the way, let’s take a look at what you can do to avoid fatigue dealing with the many issues that arise daily in the life of a businessman/woman.
Take Breaks as Often as Possible.
Since I’ve started networking with other business owners, I’ve realized one very painful truth. Most of us don’t get enough sleep, or even enough rest! The amount of things that keep you up at night is unbelievable. But you have to keep in mind that powering through your itinerary is going to do more harm than good in the long run. It’s true that there are times when it makes sense to work your butt off, but more often than not it’s not only unnecessary, but detrimental to your physical and mental health! The secret is to take quick enough breaks that they won’t affect your business’ performance but will clear your mind long enough until the next one. Also, watching videos on YouTube, browsing Facebook/Twitter/Instagram posts, or even listening to music doesn’t really count as taking a break. You’re just distracting yourself with other things, but your mind doesn’t need distractions, it needs rest. Instead, brew a cup of tea, take a walk outside, take a power nap, or do something else that relaxes you.
There is this crazy mindset a lot of small business owners have that they have to get their hands dirty in their own business at all times. While I support showing your employees that you’re not afraid to work as hard as them, that doesn’t mean you always should. If you started a business after working for someone else’s, it may be a little hard to get used to delegating instead of doing things yourself. But in order for you to have enough clear-mindedness to tackle the bigger issues you need to have someone else handle the smaller ones. So don’t be afraid of passing on tasks to someone else, that’s why you hired them!
Remember what I said earlier about your health? That’s right, it’s more important than your business. I had neglected my health the majority of my life, especially so during my time in the military. Due to my poor eating habits, I always suffered from low energy levels. It wasn’t until a girlfriend of mine helped me change my diet around that I realized just how much of a difference clean eating makes. I won’t go into detail about what clean eating means exactly but you know the basics of it. Lots of fruits and veggies, cutting back on red meats, sugar, and caffeine. I promise that if you do at least one of these you will see a big difference in not only your physical health, but your mental one too!
Let Work Stay at Work.
You run a business, so you probably have very little free time. I get it, I’m on the same boat myself. But that’s not all you do in life, at least it shouldn’t be. Whether you’re going home, to the grocery store, or to the gym, you need time to unwind and let your mind relax before tackling on the mountain of tasks you have waiting for the next day. There have definitely been times when I felt overwhelmed by the amount of things I had to do. Yet I still didn’t bring any of my work with me during my “me” time. Not only is it important to rest while you’re at work, its even more important to rest when you’re not there. You were born to do so much more than just make money.
So next time you start to feel the roof caving in on you while at the office, tell your assistant to take over for a bit, go outside to get some fresh air, and have a fruit cup from a local restaurant. In a manner of minutes you’ll feel much more ready to face the day. Until next time guys!