Five Things Entrepreneurs Can Do Every Day to Stay Happy, Productive and Stress-Free

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When entrepreneurs think of ways to be more productive, we usually only consider those things that directly apply to our work. But there are a number of things outside of work that we can do each day to stay productive, happy, and stress-free.

Here are five such things I try to do every single day:

Get a good night’s sleep.

The value of a good night’s sleep is often underrated. However, it is the one most essential thing you can do each and every day. Getting enough sleep is often put on the back burner to make time for all the other things we have to do. But if your body is tired, it will tell you. Less sleep means less energy, which leads to less productivity. Make it a priority to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. You will definitely feel the difference.

Eat breakfast.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And unfortunately, many people skip it. It’s important to get your day started right with a healthy meal. You want your body to have all the nutrients and energy it needs to get through a long day. If not, it’s just like a car running without much fuel. It won’t last very long.  Try not to eat a breakfast that will slow you down or leave you crashing later in the day (I prefer a high protein breakfast to start my day).

Have a conversation.

Depending on what your job is, you might find yourself isolated for a large part of the day (especially if, like me, you are an entrepreneur who works from home or at a one-person office). Whether you work from home or work in a cubicle, it can be tough to socialize when you are buried in a pile of paperwork. However, it’s important to make sure you have a conversation with someone, anyone, at some point in the day. No matter how short it is, human interaction does wonders for the brain.

Take a walk.

Mason Currey’s excellent book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work takes a look at how some of the most creative people in history spend their days. What daily rituals contributed to these people’s creativity and success? In reading this book, the most common ritual that I noticed was daily (sometimes several times per day) walks. These walks seemed to rejuvenate, relax and contribute to the creativity of some of the world’s most-renowned authors and artists. I try to break up my day with walks – forcing myself to get out of the office, get away from my computer and get some fresh air.

Plan tomorrow tonight.

Now that today is almost over, plan ahead for tomorrow. Having a list of priorities will help you get more done in less amount of time, which means you’ll have more time for all the things above. See my earlier post about the importance of having dual to-do lists, and learn how I keep my tasks on track.

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Make the Most of their Weekends

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Since the work week can be hectic and crazy, most of us look forward to the weekends. While the idea of a traditional weekend with 2 days off may seem like a thing of the past, Saturdays and Sundays are still days to rest and relax for the most of us. But how many of us actually productively use our weekends to rejuvenate ourselves? So much can be done in two days but many people waste their weekends sitting on the couch snacking or watching TV. While it’s certainly necessary to unwind once in awhile, so much more can be done in 2 days.

Here are 5 ways to make the most out of your weekends:

1) Take a short trip.

Many people complain that they don’t have enough time to go on vacations or trips. It can be hard to pull yourself away from work during the week. And if it is, don’t worry — that’s what weekends are for. Two days is plenty of time to work in a quick getaway. If your look right in your own city, there are sure to be restaurants, spas, parks, or museums you’ve never been to. Make a weekend out of it and be a tourist. It will help you relax and you’ll be all refreshed for the week ahead.

2) Avoid checking email.

Just as I recommend not checking your work email at 5 p.m. — I highly recommend not checking your email over the weekend. Checking your email the last thing during the day can leave you worrying about a work “crisis” that can’t be dealt with until the morning, anyway. That same principle applies on the weekends.  If there is a true emergency, then your boss or teammates should have your cell phone to call or text you. Otherwise, don’t ruin your weekend by worrying about work issues that can be dealt with on Monday. I keep my iPhone with me so that my wife and I can text each other while we’re out with the kids, but I turn off my email. Life’s too short to be stuck on email during the weekends.

3) Spend time with family and friends.

Similarly, weekends are a great time to devote to family and friends, even if you aren’t hosting a soiree at your house. Time with people who are important to us can tend to be last on our priority list when there is so much else going on. Don’t let this slip because the relationships we keep in like are ultimately what’s most important.

4) Get in a good workout (or two).

We often underestimate the importance of a good workout. Instead of sitting around idly on weekends, schedule some time in to exercise. Consistent exercise will actually make you feel more energized. Also, exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Try something new like hiking or rock climbing. Also, find a friend to do it with you so you can keep each other motivated.

5) Plan, plan, plan.

There is much you can do on weekends but the most important thing to remember is to plan it out. Decide what you want to do and plan ahead of time. Don’t let your weekend go to waste.