As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of do’s and don’ts on the road to success. Here, I offer a few great tips on success that actually work and have absolutely nothing to do with business.
Get a pet– sometimes the road to success can get lonely. You need someone who can listen without judgement. Pets make great listeners and they require you to get out of bed every day, even when you have decided to hibernate until Spring. I’m a dog person and my fur baby doesn’t let me sleep in- Ever!! She’s all about the rise and shine. As an entrepreneur, getting out of bed can be the biggest task of the day at some points on the journey; having a pet makes sure that happens or you will have a literal mess to deal with later.Workout– As if you have time for that right? But really- working out has multiple benefits. It’s a great way to release stress and it builds energy and endurance that your body will need for the journey. Exercise fosters creativity for a million brain-research based reasons I won’t bore you with. Build your workout into your work schedule. Block out one hour at the beginning or mid-day for exercise. 30 minutes to exercise and 30 minutes to shower, change and get back to work. Think of it as a job requirement- hey you’re the Boss, make it work for you.Connect to a community service project– again as if you have time, right? By connecting yourself to an organization outside of your business, you will see the benefits of your hard work even when business isn’t booming. You will see yourself making a difference in an area that is meaningful to you. That inspiration will feed you on days when business is less than kind. Once a month- set a day on your schedule to work in the community, even if it’s just for a few hours. The impact will reverberate within you and the community you serve.
- Tax yourself-Taxes? You want me to pay more taxes? Yes- this is your Boss Tax. Establish a savings account at a bank in which you have no other accounts. Establish a direct deposit according to a 5K/ year savings plan, depositing amounts from $20-$200/ week in varying increments.
This my friend is your FUN FUND!! Not to be touched until you reach your first 5k. This is for the vacation you will need each year. A true adventure. A chance to get away from it all and recharge your batteries. #besttaxever
- Go to bed!!! As entrepreneur, we put in long hours on a daily basis. It’s part of the grind. However, being sleep deprived will backfire on you and compromise your health. Set at least 2 days where you can either get to bed early or sleep in, just to catch up on rest. Otherwise, your body will decide for you:that important meeting you slept thru, the inventory drop you missed, the day you fell asleep on the train and missed your stop- yeah let’s not do that again. Get to bed, life will be there in the morning.
Why are these tips so amazing? They round out your life as an entrepreneur, which at times can seem like a vortex of meetings, numbers, and expensive coffee. Incorporating these practices into your routine will build outlets to relieve the stressful moments of entrepreneurial life. The benefits for your body, community and family are priceless- this is a win-win situation.