Summary: Improving your habits can significantly increase your chances of success. It’s time to take a radical approach towards self-care.
Being an entrepreneur can be exciting, financially advantageous, passion-driven and personally fulfilling. It can also be exhausting, stressful and emotionally taxing as each day comes with various business challenges to navigate. In the absence of a business coach and a solid self-care plan, an entrepreneur's vision can become skewed, making their goals harder to reach.
Entrepreneurs grapple with loads of stress than most people and can quickly get overwhelmed. They often prioritize burning the candle at both ends over caring for themselves. Hence, this often results in burnout and reduced productivity in the long run.
If you are an entrepreneur, solopreneur or even someone who is experiencing burnout lately, here are some great self-care habits to develop that will boost your efficiency and productivity:
1. Nourish Your Body
Entrepreneurs often tend to stay up late to make their dreams a reality. This could easily lead to overwork and overeating. To run a business successfully, one needs energy and stamina. To build that energy and stamina you need to start fuelling your body with nutritious food, rest and exercise. Hence, focusing on a balanced diet will make all the difference. Along with eating a nutritious diet, hydrating yourself is also important. So don’t forget to keep a jug at your desk!
2. Take Adequate Sleep
As we mentioned, entrepreneurs are famous for trading sleep with idea creation and business building. However, an average adult should get 7 hours of sleep every night and make it a common goal. Having a consistent bedtime and a sleep schedule will ultimately boost productivity, allow for more spaciousness in mind for creativity and benefit overall health.
The mentality of checking "just one more email" or "hustle-mode" can often mean that your rest is compromised. Once you develop a regular sleep cycle, you also know how much sleep you need. Resting isn't at all difficult — it's giving ourselves the permission to rest that is difficult. So, ensure that you get an adequate amount of sleep.
3. Set Boundaries at Work
We all have heard about boundaries. But very few understand the concept of establishing them at a workplace. When building your business, it is very easy to be tempted to take calls, reply to one more email, and be consistently available at all hours of the day. However, this can mean interrupted sleep patterns, fatigue and poor choices in nutrition. Communicating your set working hours to clients and the time during which you are "available for calls" is an essential cornerstone for your success.
4. Take Regular Breaks
Staying glued to the screens of your laptop can reduce your productivity and efficiency. Hence, taking regular breaks between handling your projects and the clients is essential. Even if you have to force yourself away from your work, make it a priority to take small breaks, when possible, even if it's just to sit outside and enjoy a nice day.
5. Learn the ‘Art-of-Delegation’
Saying ‘NO’ and knowing what work is better delegated is an integral part of self-care. We often have set parameters and expectations of how a certain thing should be. But the more you allow yourself to be open to results instead of the process, the more you bring to the table.
Self-care is a subjective term. It does not have a fixed definition. It is rather a very vast term that keeps on evolving constantly. For some it might be taking a spa treatment, while for someone it could be reading a book or taking a nature walk.
However, in a broader spectrum self-care can include any action that helps a person refocus, rest and recharge. Activities such as yoga, meditation, athletics, artistic pursuits and even time out with friends could be included under the self-care banner. Building and scaling a business is a formidable challenge. Those well-rested, well-nourished and focused on the importance of wellness are well suited to face the challenges head-on.
The idea of managing a business is easier said than done and we completely agree with you. This is why to help you move forward with your business goals, we at Bada Business offer an exclusive Business Coaching Program that comes with Foundation courses, specialized courses, and value-added courses.
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