Imagine a day when you have a stable amount of energy throughout the day, you accomplish the most important tasks, and you don’t get drowsy after lunch. You even end the day with enough energy to enjoy your evening. Sounds like a perfect day, doesn’t it?
In reality, the daily routine of many entrepreneurs is far from that ideal. There is the constant need for coffee, more time, more energy, and so on. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a few tweaks your daily routine can become much more sustainable.
One reason for energy drain is the tremendous amounts of work that entrepreneurs must complete. There are only so many hours in the day, and a finite amount of energy and focus that can be applied. With all the calls, planning, and drafting, it is difficult to find the time to research and, more importantly, implement and maintain energy sustaining habits.
It doesn’t have to be a complete change in nutrition or exercise. There are a few simpler things that help maintain energy levels and mental performance.
One of them is a morning routine. By stimulating positive emotions at the beginning of the day, you can start the day on a positive note. It is much easier to start work when you have an uplifted mood rather than the default-always-in-a-rush mood.
Think of all the thoughts you have at the beginning of the day:
- Do you welcome the new day or have to drag yourself out of bed?
- Do you take your time making breakfast or grab a coffee while rushing out of the door?
- Do you stress over your daily plan or get excited to tackle it?
The morning routine should include something that you enjoy doing and, ideally, meditation. This way you are much more likely to have a calm, refreshed, and positive mindset to approach the work day.
Another way to make your daily routine more sustainable is to regularly engage in activities that recharge you. Driven entrepreneurs are constantly working toward goals and adding more items to their lists. Ambitions are important, but by taking on more and more, we often forget about the present moment. It becomes easy to prioritize action and minimize the importance of time to recharge.
Knowing what those activities are for you personally is essential. We think we know what makes us happy but when tasked with listing those things or habits we often stumble. So take your time and make a list of the activities that motivate you and make you happy.
Once you have a clear list, schedule some time once or twice in your weekly calendar. Engaging in those activities will lift your spirit and provide inspiration. It is possible that new business ideas will emerge during that time. It will also reduce stress and take your mind off worrying and planning.
Finally, understand where your time goes. Often we get overwhelmed by our to-do lists and perfectionist tendencies. It is easy to end up spending more time thinking than doing. We get easily distracted and end up doing everything except for the task that matters. Essentially, we don’t have a system of working effectively – or we fail to follow the systems we create.
One way to deal with this common habit is to list around 3 top, 4 medium, and 4 low priority tasks for the day. This ensures that the most important stuff gets done. Batching similar tasks will help maintain focus throughout the day. For example, checking and responding to email could be done several times during the day (rather than as an ongoing task). It is also important to identify your most productive hours. Be sure to complete high priority work during these times. Less important tasks like email or spreadsheets can be done during less engaged working hours.
These are just a few things you can implement into your schedule and make your mental performance more sustainable. It doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul of how you work in order to see positive results. Look at how you can make the issue better by only 10%. This way the solution will be much easier to come up with and implement.
About Nik Poplavsky:
Nik is a former lawyer with several law degrees. His past experience includes working at fast-paced and stress-inducing companies such as ABN Amro, Allen & Overy, Freshfields, Blakes, and Deloitte. After working on a less than successful business several years ago, he’s familiar with the ups and downs of self-employment. It took him more than a year to recover from the burn out from such a race. He spent thousands of dollars on doctors, naturopaths, various specialists, diets, supplements, and research. After figuring out what works and what doesn’t, Nik is now helping entrepreneurs to increase their mental performance and prevent burnout.Learn more at www.getanxious.com