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Being an entrepreneur is a daily hustle.
Especially during the early days, when your venture is not yet systematized and streamlined, each day feels like fighting in a battlefield.
Problems are thrown at you and there is a never ending streams of things that need your attention.
In this environment, it is easy to neglect the long term stuff, in favor of those that are in front of you right now.
Because of this, it is possible that you are not paying attention to the most important asset of your business: yourself.
If you overlook taking care of yourself, you are doing a huge disservice and you are ruining your long term prospects.
That is why you need to make sure that you are tending to your needs, whether those are physical, mental or emotional.
Here are a few things that you can incorporate into your daily routine to ensure that you are operating on the highest level possible.
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1) Get enough sleep
Let’s start from the beginning. The precursor to a productive day is having slept and rested properly.
The human body has evolved to need a specific amount of sleep per day and trying to mess up with that usually does not end well.
It is tempting to attempt to minimize the amount of hours you are sleeping, but this will eventually catch up with you in a bad way.
Lack of sleep for a prolonged time brings all sorts of health issues and overall reduces your productivity.
As an entrepreneur, it is understandable that some days your sleep will take a hit.
For example when you are close to a product launch things might get a bit hectic. But this should only happen occasionally, for a short time of period, and you should always replenish the lost amount.
Before you start reducing your sleep time, ask yourself honestly if you have eliminated all the other useless distractions of your life (watching TV, surfing the internet mindlessly etc.)
For some reason, in today’s business world it is considered a badge of honor to sleep little. Ignore that nonsense and make sure you are getting proper and quality sleep.
Once you have woken up, one of the best things to engage into is meditation.
Meditation does not have to be a fancy ordeal. Just stand straight on your bed, close your eyes and modulate your breathing. Take a few deep breaths, where you are inhaling and exhaling slowly.
This little thing will help you reduce your stress levels, keep your mind clear and start the day on the right tone.
Meditation is leveraged by world famous CEOs, business owners and influencers, so you can take this advice out of their playbooks!
A portion of your day should be definitely allocated to reading. For me, it is around 1.5-2 hours on average, but your mileage will vary.
Reading books should be a lifelong, daily habit. The Return on Time Investment (ROTI) that offers is mindblowing. Especially if you are a youngster, this habit will help get ahead of the pack and set you straight for success.
Except for books, you should also check out websites and blogs that you trust, like Wealth Triumph (shameless plug).
Reading will give you a competitive advantage over other entrepreneurs and businesses, and it is the only way you can stay ahead of the trends.
Trust me, reading is the best foundation for building a million dollar business.
(The image above features the book “Zero to One” by Billionaire entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel. Yes, it was not unintentional.)
4) Eat healthy
Another aspect of our daily lives that usually takes a hit when we are busy is our nutritional input.
We don’t have the time to prepare a proper meal, so we slip and eat junk food.
Here is the thing. Eating something unhealthy is bad for you both in the short and the long term.
In the short term, i.e. a few hours after you have devoured that huge pizza, you are going to feel sleepy, foggy and ready for a nap. Definitely not good for your productivity.
And in the long term, if you systematically indulge into unhealthy eating you are going to face some challenges that have names such as obesity, diabetes and cancer.
All in all, do yourself a favor and make sure that you are eating healthy.
The best way is to proactively set up your environment so that whenever you feel hungry, your only choices are healthy. This might need some extra effort, but it is well worth it.
For those that are on a higher level already (income wise), here is another tip: just outsource the damn thing. There are several services that offer high quality, healthy, affordable food. Your time is better allocated generating revenue in your business, not cooking.
5) Move your body
The big brother of unhealthy eating is of course the sedentary lifestyle. Combined, they are the basic reason for the worldwide obesity epidemic and the decline in health status.
In the modern world, where most workers are knowledge workers, we spend countless hours per day sitting idle on our chairs. The problem is that our bodies were designed to be anything like motionless.
The best way to combat this is to introduce to your day some form of exercise.
Exercise has the reverse effects of unhealthy eating. It is good for you both in the short and the long term.
In the short term, after exercising your body is going to release endorphins which cause a feeling of euphoria, they are sorts of a natural “high”.
In the long term, the benefits of exercise are so many that I am not going to even list them. You know them already.
Again, you need to proactively make sure that you are going to move your body for at least a few minutes per day. Your future self is going to thank you for this.
The entrepreneur life can feel lonely from time to time. Especially us online business owners spend a lot of time in front of our computers with little interaction.
However, humans are highly social creatures. Interacting with others is a must, if we want to keep our sanity.
But this comes with a caveat.
The people you connect with should be individuals that will have a positive impact on you. It is counterproductive to interact with people that only bring negativity and gloominess on the table.
That is why it is imperative to network with some like minded folks, people that are striving to become better day by day. Then you can briefly chat during the day and these short interactions will fuel your motivation.
After a long day of countless hours working and hustling, you need to take a few moments in order to recharge.
We might strive to be money making robots, but in order to make it over the long haul, we need periods of rest and rejuvenation.
Each person is different, so your approach in “chilling” will probably differ from the approach of others. You might chill by watching some (valuable) TV series or by listening to some soft music or by playing with your kids, doesn’t matter.
The bottom line is that you need to blow off some steam and let your body rest physically and mentally, so that it is ready for the next day’s battle.
Being an entrepreneur is tough and challenging. You are going to face a lot of difficulties and roadblocks.
In order to succeed with your business, you need to make sure that you are always operating on the optimal level.
You should, no – you need to take care of yourself so that you can then take care of everyone else, your business included.
Incorporate the 7 things mentioned above into your daily routine and you will be a step closer to success.