Minding Your Business Means Minding Your Health | Empty Whole
People with an entrepreneurial mindset tend to be focused, driven, hardworking individuals.
However, the time it takes to get an operation up and running can be physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing, which is one of the reasons it's important for everyone, especially active people, to set aside time for self-care, peace, and reflection. Don't give in to the notion that you’re taking time away from your business or life; rather, that you're investing in your work and your most important asset: you.
Occasionally treating yourself, spending time alone, and focusing on work, only at work, are some useful ways to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
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Get Your Business In Order
Getting off to an organized start can help ensure your business launch is smooth. Take care of necessary functions like getting business license, registering your company, an setting up your limited liability company.
An LLC can give you flexibility, protect you against some forms of liability, and make it easier to file your taxes. You can do the paperwork yourself, pay an attorney to do it for you, or your best bet may be to hire a formation company to ensure everything is done properly and efficiently.
All states have different requirements, so check yours in advance.
Live By A Schedule
While there are a number of things that occupy an entrepreneur’s time on a regular basis, Fusion First says creating a schedule can help ensure you're prioritizing tasks and responsibilities and handling thing in a methodical, step-by-step fashion.
Scheduling time for yourself should be part of this plan. For example, pencil in time to work out or go to the gym each week, and plan meal times to eat nutritious foods rather than relying on drive thru restaurants.
If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, take a break, even if it's only for 15 minutes. This will help you recharge, refocus, and ultimately be more productive.
Get Enough Rest
As an entrepreneur, you may be up at the crack of dawn and still working away when the rest of the world is sleeping. This can only work so long before you get burned out and potentially start making mistakes.
Do yourself a favor by setting regular sleep and wake times, and be sure the sleep that you do get is good quality. According to the Sleep Foundation, restful slumber is best in a dark, cool room, and you’re advised to avoid using electronics right before sleep.
If you have a hard time questing your mind, consider bedtime meditative exercises like yoga, tai chi, or using a white noice machine.
A fitness tracker that has a sleep analysis function can also let you see how much rest you're getting.
Eat Well And Hydrate
Caffeine is often an entrepreneur's best friend, but overdoing it can impact your sleep, make you jittery, and actually dehydrate you.
It's important to limit caffeine and alcohol and instead, consume plenty of water.
Eating nutritious, whole foods, including fresh produce and lean meat, provides the type of fuel you need when you're on the go.
Keep healthy snacks around so you can avoid the temptation that comes with grabbing something from a vending machine between meetings. Meal prep is one way that you can take care of yourself and ensure your physical health.
Mind Your Mental Health
Starting a business can be demanding, so keep an eye on your stress levels and don't let anxiety, stress, or pressure take a toll. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to reach out to your primary care provider to talk about coping techniques that allow you to be centered, present, and focused.
Ensuring you get a degree of downtime when you can relax is essential to being fully present for your business endeavors. Your provider may recommend mental health services, or even medication to help you get through rough patches.
Entrepreneurs are business focused, especially in the early startup phases, but burning the candle at both ends can lead to being overwhelmed. Consider using tools like hiring out contractors and freelancers to help lighten the load, and automate as many business functions as you can.
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