16 Oct Why working on your energy levels is good for your business
I recently read an article from Richard Branson, giving his tops for being successful as an entrepreneur and one tip really caught my eye.
It’s easy to get so caught up in being creative, making sure our customers are happy, working on our marketing plans, figuring out our strategy and vision, being productive etc. that we can forget about our company’s biggest asset – YOU.
One of Richard Branson’s top tips is to look after your physical health to succeed as an entrepreneur.
I don’t know about you but thinking about my physical health in relation to my business isn’t something that usually crosses my mind.
When I’m putting together my plans for the year I don’t have a section for looking after me.
In fact, since running my own business, I’ve noticed some bad habits slipping in.
Especially in what I eat.
When I used to go to work in an office I was much more organised about what I was eating – taking healthy snacks so I wasn’t always at the vending machine!
Now I work from home it’s just too easy to grab a couple of biscuits with every cup of tea, and a packet of crisps often passes for lunch.
I then find myself at 3pm, about to dash off for the school run and realise that I’m famished. Another quick biscuit and a coffee will see me through till teatime.
Not good is it? Particularly as I know this is not helping my energy levels at all – no wonder I’m whacked by the time the kids have gone to bed!
I’ve also neglected exercise as I struggle with the guilt of doing something that is not about my business when my kids aren’t about.
I’m making a pledge to stop some bad habits and re-introduce some good ones and at the bottom of this post you can see what I’m going to do.
If this has made you think about some changes you can make to up your energy and look after your physical health. so that you have more for your business and your family, read on for some ‘food for thought’…
This doesn’t have to mean joining a gym or taking a Zumba class – how about going for a 20 minute walk after you eat lunch?
Processed food, sugary foods, fried foods, red meat
Wholegrains, fruit and veg, food that looks close to it’s natural form, energy giving foods
Alcohol, caffeine, sugary drinks
Stop worrying about things outside of your control
Find something to laugh about throughout your day
So, has this got you thinking about changes you can make to improve your energy?
I’d love to hear just 1 change you’re going to make so please leave me a comment and let me know.
Here are mine:
- Make time for my yoga class again
- Go for a short walk twice a week
- Organise my food shopping so that I have healthy snacks and quick lunches in
- Cut down on the number of nights I have a glass of wine in the evening once the kids are in bed
- Find some funny and inspiring quotes / pictures I can put in my office
Over to you.
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