If it seems like business owners are always “on” and active, it’s because they often are. Being an entrepreneur requires a ton of work and it seems like your job is never done.
Running a business can be much more demanding than a nine to five because even though you have the freedom to set your own hours, there’s not much stopping you from working 10-12 hours a day if you need to get something done.
It’s easy to run out of steam and suffer from burnout from time to time which is why business owners should make a conscious effort to boost their energy levels.
Since drinking coffee day and night doesn’t always do the trick (and probably isn’t the healthiest solution), here are five ways for business owners to have more energy.
1. Take short, deliberate breaks.
To regain control of your schedule and increase your energy levels, it’s best to take short breaks every 60-90 minutes. Get up and stretch, go for a quick walk, grab a snack, or refill your water bottle.
You may think that taking frequent breaks would slow your workflow down but it can actually do the opposite. No one is productive 100 percent of the time and I can’t even remember how many times I get distracted when working and waste time checking my phone or social media.
By regaining control of when and how you take breaks will be unexpected for your body, it can keep you more focused and energized in the long run.
2. Get enough sleep.
Most people don’t get enough sleep but as a business owner, getting at least eight hours of sleep each night is a must. Sleep deprivation builds up over time and eats away at your energy levels.
The only thing that can combat the sluggish feeling is getting the proper amount of sleep. The best thing to do is decide when you want/need to wake up each morning and make sure you’re shutting down your work and going to bet at least eight to nine hours prior to that time.
3. Exercise a few times per week.
Exercising is one of the best ways to get rid of fatigue and boost energy levels. Generally, exercising improves your energy levels by strengthening your circulation and heart muscles while also removing tension in the body.
You don’t have to go to the gym every day, but try adding in regular walks around the neighborhood or ride your bike a few times a week. You can even try group fitness classes or do something fun like Zumba or kickboxing.
4. Improve your diet.
Improving your diet is crucial if you want your energy levels to increase. Think of food as the fuel required to keep your body going. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day, eating breakfast, and adding lots of vegetables and healthy fats into your diet like nuts, avocado, and coconut oil.
You’ll feel so much better when you balance your diet and avoid sugary and processed foods that will only slow you down.
5. Listen to music to get you started.
Listening to music before you work or while you work is an easy way to rekindle your energy. Music releases endorphins and can even help alter your mood. I listen to Evan Carmichael’s playlists on Youtube for productivity, stress relief, creativity and more.
Having enough energy is a must when it comes to successfully running your business. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself first. Prioritizing yourself can boost energy levels to get more done.