Entrepreneurs are prone to burnout as a result of the overwork culture, whether in the short or long term. To live a more successful life, business leaders can make simple but profound changes.
Business executives must balance several duties, which sometimes results in nonstop workdays and sleepless evenings. Entrepreneurs are prone to burnout as a result of the overwork culture, whether in the short or long term.
Fortunately, there are some basic yet significant changes that business leaders may use in their daily routines to live healthier and more successful lives. Ten members of the Young Entrepreneur Council discuss their top tips for staying strong and motivated without losing momentum.
Here are seven simple changes that business leaders can make to live a more successful life.
1. Schedule Exercise Time
“I’m too busy to exercise,” I used to say, but I underestimated the impact exercise has on energy, focus, and productivity.
You can’t make more time in your day, but you can make greater energy and mental focus with a healthy diet and exercise.
Today, I’d argue that I can’t afford not to exercise, and I begin nearly every day with a rigorous 90-minute trek or mountain bike ride.
2. Establish a Morning Routine That Is Intentional
Begin by altering your morning routine. What you do first thing in the morning affects the remainder of your day. This is especially true for entrepreneurs, because you want to put your best foot forward every day as a business leader. As a result, it is critical that you begin your day on the correct foot.
Everyone has different personal habits that help them succeed, and you must figure out what they are for you. Once you’ve established these habits, you may create your morning routine around them. It could be meditation followed by exercise, or reading a book while sipping coffee. Whatever it is, be sure it is something that you can perform on a daily basis. That way, you’ll be able to be successful all year.
3. Make Time for Connection
Healthy habits, in my opinion, are essential for a successful profession. The best habit I’ve established is sitting down to a home-cooked supper as a family on a regular basis.
Every evening at 5:30 p.m., I close my laptop and join my husband in the kitchen, where we share our days and prepare a nutritious, wonderful meal together. To fuel and power your body, you need real food, and to fuel and power your spirit, you need meaningful time with your family. It is tough for us as entrepreneurs to separate ourselves from our work, and much more difficult to put boundaries on our working hours. Making time for connection will leave you renewed and re-energized, allowing you to interact more successfully in both your personal and professional life.
4. Make Getting Enough Sleep a Priority
It is impossible to overestimate the importance of getting at least eight hours of sleep per night. When you avoid social media before going to bed and get enough sleep, you offer your body and brain the rest they require to function properly. A few days or weeks of consistent, deep sleep can improve your life and help you think and feel better.
5. Exercise Mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness is one simple yet effective shift I’ve made to my lifestyle in order to live a healthy life as an entrepreneur.
The ability to think strategically and make decisions calmly and methodically is one of the most critical abilities for a corporate leader.
Mindfulness assists me in accomplishing this. Mindfulness is especially beneficial when confronted with stressful or tough situations.
6. Plan Regular Time Off
One recent modification I’ve made is to take a full week off at the conclusion of each quarter. I use this time to recuperate and care for myself, making it easier to face the new quarter head on. There may be times when this isn’t possible, such as if we’re behind on a time-sensitive project, but for the most part, I’m able to stick to this plan and encourage my colleagues to take time off when they need it.
7. Allow Others to Lead
I’ve learnt to let others take the initiative. For years, I was the de facto leader of pretty much any project we were working on, but it couldn’t last. I couldn’t reasonably monitor every product and effort in our firm as a single person, especially as we grew. As a result, I’ve gathered a group of fellow leaders around me who can share part of the burden for our continued success. I’ve even changed my title a few times as we tried to figure out how to best organise our leadership team. We frequently romanticise the solo part of entrepreneurship.
The truth is that clinging to the notion that you must carry complete responsibility for your venture’s success will simply limit your own achievement and drive you to burn out. What you need is a team.