I often see business people, owners and entrepreneurs forever searching for new ways to get more clients, more contacts and more business.
The modern business world is so much faster, there is so much more information and there is so much competition compared to years ago. Or maybe that’s my imagination. But the reality is that people feel there is so much more competition and the need to earn more is forever present.
Their business is so important and I understand that. The fear of not hitting targets, losing their business and failure can be overwhelming.
But with all the striving for money, they don’t really look at the most important factor in the whole scheme of things. Which can mean having serious consequences on their health, which sometimes can be too late.
They tend to forget the most important thing in their whole business. Themselves.
I’m sure you’ve never heard of anyone on their deathbed wishing they had worked a bit harder.
I’m also sure you don’t need me asking you how well your business would run without you at the helm?
Chronic stress is now believed to be the biggest cause of sickness, failure and poor performance in the modern world. I’m not referring to just the major stressful events in life but more the relentless barrage of daily stresses we face in life and business that we don’t seem to be able to escape from.
How much could it be costing you?
So here's 5 things you can do to look after yourself.
1. Spend 10-15 minutes writing down the main areas you think you are failing. I would suggest limiting to 5 things. Once you have written them down, start with number 1 and think of what you can do to change things.
For example, if you think you are not getting enough exercise, how about adding 15-20 minutes walking into your daily routine. Walk to the station in the morning or evening and why not go the long way at to get your lunch instead of popping next door or asking the secretary to get it for you.
2. Delegate. If you think you have to do everything then you’re in even more trouble than you think if something does happen to you. Make a list of who can help you take a bit off your plate and make a decision to start implementing these changes.
3. Set parameters. Working 27 hours a day really isn’t going to help you achieve more. In fact the opposite is more likely. Fatigue s not a good companion for work, decisions or performance. Start setting a cut off point for your working day and stick to it (with obvious exceptions). Be aware of when you start to creep into longer working hours.
4. Take several short breaks during the course of the day. Even 5-10 minutes breaks the routine and gives the mind a rest from the constant pressure. Even 2-3 minutes meditating or focusing on a favourite sport or pastime can help break the load of chronic stress.
5. Avoid sugars, caffeine, artificial sweeteners and junk food. These things may seem they are helping you and a life saver at times but the reality is they are short lived. Sugars cause more stress on the body as well as highs and lows. The lows can cause headaches, fatigue and a sever lack of concentration.
Hardly good for your performance or business.
It all starts and ends with you.
Make the decision to improve your performance and business today by looking after you. You’ll thank yourself in the long run and so will your family.
If you would like to know more about how to implement these and other strategies to improve your performance and efficiency, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.