4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Stay Healthy and Productive
Career Development I know what you’re thinking: You don’t have time to work out or eat healthy. Yes, you do. We all do. Stop making excuses and prioritize your health—your life and sanity depend on it.
There is no such thing as work and life balance. The truth is you have to figure out how to make everything work— friendships, job, love, health, and family. The only way to do this effectively is to stop treating each of these things separately. They are all intertwined.
So, really, what we’re talking about here is how do you manage everything that’s going on around you. Sounds hard, right? Yeah, it is.
It all boils down to prioritization, focus and managing your time effectively. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for this. Everyone is different, but here are a few things that I do to help manage my life.
1. For getting things done
Tools are an awesome way to stay organized. Wunderlist is an app I use to mark down (and check off) all of the things I need to get done on a weekly basis. Slack, another tool, is way better than email because it integrates seamlessly with third party apps like Dropbox and GitHub, and you can collaborate and share information with your colleagues via chatroom.
2. For friends and family
Google calendar is my savior. All of my planned activities with my friends are documented there. I love my husband, Craig. Every Tuesday night is date night with him, no matter what. Phones are turned off and we are both tuned into each other. If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this post, it’s that it is very important to live in the moment and not get distracted by all of the other noise in your life.
3. For staying present
It’s so easy to make excuses, right? “Oh, let me check this one email...” One email turns into ten. Before you know it, the night is over. You feel guilty and stressed, and your loved ones are frustrated. Don’t fall into that trap. Work can wait. Focus on your personal relationships, first.
4. For healthier brainstorms
My mum used to say “your health is your wealth.” Take care of yourself. Take a ten-minute walk on your lunch break. Swap out soda for water. Find time to meditate to reduce stress. (Headspace is a great app for this. Try it.)
At the end of the day, there’s no right or wrong answer to how you go about managing your professional and personal life. The important take-away here is that they both go hand-in-hand and should not be treated separately. Oh, and don’t forget to have a lot of fun along the way!