As entrepreneurs, it’s easy to neglect our health and wellness because we get tunnel-visioned on building our business. But not paying attention to your health can cause you to burn out mentally, physically and emotionally in the long run… which is something I’ve learned from experience.
We put all our time and energy into creating something meaningful to us because we can taste the reality in our vision. When you have a burning desire inside to bring an idea into the word, it’s easy to forget about our well-being.
One thing I’ve realised is that by making wellness a priority and becoming the healthiest version of me, it has had a major positive effect on every other aspect of my life… not just business. You can build and sustain an empire when you’re not physically and mentally at your best.
Just think about Steve Jobs. He was arguably one of the most successful entrepreneurs and innovators of our time. But, his health caught up to him and he passed away at just 56 years old. No matter how successful you are, if you’re not healthy, you may not be able to enjoy your success for long.
That’s why it’s a no brainer for me to block my schedule to work on improving my mind, body, spirit and energy management. Managing and improving your energy are the keys to taking control of your business and life. Without an abundance of energy, it’s hard to perform at a high level in any area.
Here Are My 6 Tips For Effectively Managing Your Energy:
You must focus on eating food that has nutritional value, keeping it mostly organic, limiting/eliminating your junk food intake, consuming more fruits & vegetables, less meat, staying hydrated with fresh water, home-made fruit juices and cooking your meals at home instead of eating out.
There are lists of different foods that you can find online which can boost your mood, focus and energy. Feed your body consciously.
It’s so important not only to make sure you’re getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night but also blocking out time to disconnect from the world to manage your physical and mental wellness.
You can do this through exercise, meditation, massage, yoga or by spending time in nature. Don’t allow stress to build up inside of you because it will lead to anxiety and overwhelm. Through these activities, you can reduce stress so you can show up more powerfully and focused on your business, team and the market itself.
These are the type of people that you want to spend time with the most because they energise, not drain you. Whom you spend time with is who you become. If people in your inner-circle are low energy, you’ll feel as if you need to match their vibe.
Do your best to hang around people who inspire you to become the best version of yourself. Choose your circle of influence wisely.
Say NO to people, activities, and anything that doesn’t align with your major goals and values. If you don’t have clear and specific smart goals then you won’t know what things to say NO too. What you say “no” and “yes” too can literally make or break your success.
Your entire future is determined by the choices you make today. That’s why it’s crucial to make decisions that will positively impact your life and business. Time is the most valuable asset we have because we can’t get a refund on how we spend it. Start saying NO and watch how it impacts you.
To really own my time and energy, I create a list of any activities which do not help move the needle forward in my life and business. I challenge you to create a NOT to-do list. You’ll start noticing exactly how you spend your time and on what activities.
Audit your 24 hours and determine which activities aren’t helping you make progress towards your life and business goals. Then, replace those activities with action items that will help you get to where you want to be. How you spend your time determines where your energy is being used most.
These are things that you do or accomplish no matter what’s going on.
Some examples of non-negotiables would be blocking out 1 hour a day for exercise, 20 minutes a day for mindfulness activities, no phone before bed or at the dinner table with your family, no checking email after 7pm, reflecting for 10 minutes before you go to sleep etc.
These are activities that will become a ritual for you. Eventually, you will do these things without any effort. They can become empowering habits that help you reserve mental energy and maximise your focus. Write down what those non-negotiables will be for you and implement them in your daily routine.
Your physical and mental health are by far the most important areas to focus on when it comes to energy management. When you’re physically and mentally abundant with energy, nothing can stop you from turning goals into a reality.
As you make your health a focus, implement these other strategies in your life to maximise your energy, output, productivity and performance. Being an entrepreneur, your energy is everything.
How you recharge your energy and what you spend that energy on are what create your life from moment to moment. You have the information but the execution is what matters the most.