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.
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.