Without doubt, every stage of being an entrepreneur is has its own fair of challenges. In between trying to meet up with customers’ demands and keeping tabs on innovations, the long list of decisions you have to make could be quite exhausting.
Thankfully, lifestyle changes, however small, have the ability to significantly influence the success of your entrepreneurship journey. They give you a better perspective on things that are very important and ensure that you live your best life.
Understanding their importance, here are 4 lifestyle changes you will need to make as an entrepreneur:
A healthy sleep pattern
Contrary to the popular work culture that equates success with long working hours, successful entrepreneurs have embraced sleep in its entirety. Speaking on why she rekindled her romance with sleep, Arianna Huffington, Co-founder of the Huffington Post says,
‘… I know if I’m writing an article and I’m sleep-deprived, It’s going to take me three times as long. If I’m making decisions in my company and I’m tired, they are not going to be as good because my cognitive performance is impaired. So we need to put all that in the equation. And also, we need to be realistic about what we are doing with our time’.
- Source: NBC News
Beyond the improving your level of productivity, a healthy sleep pattern also makes it easier for you to strike the work-life balance you sorely need to have a better quality of life.
Effective Time management
Giving the long list of things you have to do daily, time is one invaluable resources that will seem to never be enough as you continue on the entrepreneurial path. This is why effective time management is a vital skill that you need to gain mastery if you are to succeed as an entrepreneur.
Beginning with prioritizing your to-do lists and goals, it also important that you have effective filters that will filter out distractions that could get in the way of you achieving your long term plans.
Rather than sticking with the excuse of not having time to maintain a healthy diet, you can commit to making little healthy choices like choosing water over carbonated drinks.
Also, you need to start taking breakfast more seriously, cutting down on junk meals, and stocking your office drawers with healthy snacks.
‘… I am happy to have had what most people would consider a successful life, not only in terms of business, but in my relationships and in lot of ways. More than anything else, I attribute it to meditation… I think meditation has been the single biggest influence on my life’.
- Raymond Dalio, Chairman, Founder, and Co-chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associated
Known to improve mental health, mediation helps to keep the mind focused and relaxed. Also effective in keeping down your stress levels, meditation helps you to critically assess situations and keeps you from making ill-informed decisions.
Feeling all fired up to start making these lifestyle changes? You really should!
But while at it, do remember that changes are better effected a little piece at a time. Should you be needing motivation, you can team up with a people that share your passion and drive for entrepreneurial success. Choosing to be an entrepreneur isn’t the easiest of choices but it is always worth its price.