It’s hard to think about the health of a business if you’re suffering. So what’s a healthy entrepreneur to do? We asked the experts.
1. Eat breakfast
You can’t be successful if you’re hungry, and the longer you’re hungry, the harder it is to focus. “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 59, Issue 2, February 1998, Pages 310–327 (Ashkenazi Rashi) reported that the longer a person was hungry, the harder it was for him or her to make decisions.”
Studies have shown that meal frequency correlates to mental and physical performance. But who’s to say a starving entrepreneur isn’t better than a starved employee? If you want to work in the afternoon, you better make sure you hit the streets earlier in the morning.
Breakfast is not enough; you need to drink more water and eat more healthy fats. The most important aspect of the composition of your diet is quality.
Eat healthy fats — avocados, fish, nuts, olive oil. And don’t forget fruits and vegetables. The focus should be on maintaining a sufficient level of energy throughout the day.
Too many entrepreneurs stay up way too late. Don’t be surprised if you wake up in the middle of the night, because your body is crying out for water and rest. I know my body, and when I get enough sleep I’m more alert, less prone to fatigue and have less problems with weight control.
Sleep is essential to your physical and mental health. So, give yourself permission to recharge your batteries.
Write down your top priorities for the day, your problem solving strategies and your critical questions. Also, write down how you spend your time. You’ll be amazed at what you can find out from just writing things down.
Also, keeping a record of everything you do for the day is extremely helpful to managers who want to know how their employees are spending their time. And journaling keeps you in the habit of making time for yourself, so you’re not too busy all the time.
Put some time aside and make sure you’re doing these things every day.