There are a lot of things that you have to do on a daily basis as an entrepreneur. Managing time is a huge part of being successful. You have to manage teams, use social media to reach potential clients, manage the clients you have, and implement marketing strategies. There is so much more you need to do as well, and a lot these things take time.
While there are plenty of apps to help you manage time and be more productive, there are holistic things you can do too. To be at your optimum, you have to be healthy. If you’re not feeling good, you won’t think well, and everything is going to take you longer to complete. There are five things that you can do to help you manage your time better. While they are indirect solutions, they do help you. They also help you excel in many different ways, so it’s good to make them a habit in your life.
We have to pivot now. This is especially true as we navigate through the world of Covid-19. You may still be implementing changes to make your business thrive in this environment. With so much uncertainty, you really need to make your moments count. Your entrepreneurialism has to be in tip top shape to weather this storm. This is why concepts of the evergreen nature are so essential. This includes essentials such as leadership, marketing, and productivity.
Sure, there are plenty of tips that you can use to manage your time and be more productive. There are great strategies out there, but something they usually don’t tell you is that your health matters in all of this. Studies have shown that employees who don’t eat properly are 66% more likely to lack the ability to be productive. With the amount of stress many are feeling, it’s even more important than ever to have a holistic approach to your life for everything. This includes productivity.
The five magic holistic ingredients for productivity include:
It’s important to fuel your body with nutrient-rich foods. A lot of entrepreneurs aren’t eating right because they don’t have the time to prepare good food. You might go out for lunch a lot or just have quick grabs like ramen noodles or granola bars (full of sugar). You don’t function mentally as well when you’re not eating properly. Eating a balanced diet is really important. Also, how much you eat and how often matters.
Protein is brain food, so bring an avocado, tuna, or hard boiled eggs to work. Fiber is also important. Make sure to eat your veggies. Cutting them up isn’t that time consuming, and you’ll start to feel better and more effective in your work day if you start creating better eating habits. Even by keeping a jar of nut butter at the office is a good pick me up snack that works well in lieu of a chocolate bar any day. You will stay healthier, which means that you won’t miss out on days at work. It’s also important to stay hydrated. If you’re dehydrated, you could feel more stressed out, have a hard time concentrating, and feel depleted of energy. Try to drink more water and less coffee. Apparently, men should drink at least 125 ounces of water a day and women should have 91 ounces. Instead of going for that third or fourth coffee, drink some water.
Getting a good night’s sleep is going to keep you on your toes. When you don’t get enough sleep, you suffer and your mind doesn’t function as well as it should. Fitness experts and successful entrepreneurs alike will tell you that sleep helps to make you far more productive. A good sleep entails 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It helps you to recharge yourself and releases chemicals into your blood that rejuvenate your cells. So whatever stress, tension, or melancholy you’ve experienced will be worked out as you sleep. Let your body do the healing it needs, and go to bed early if you need to, but do get your sleep.
You should take some time to move your body. This might sound so redundant that you don’t believe that it’s effective. Moving your body a lot is what we are designed to do. Sitting at a desk is unnatural, and we have to combat those effects. It is essential for your productivity and it doesn’t need to take a lot of time each day. You might have a lot of excuses such as being too tired to work out, but everyone knows that once you start your workout, the energy comes. Your work productivity will greatly improve with just 30 minutes of raising your heartbeat.
Some workouts are really intensive, so you only need to do them for 20 minutes daily. If you choose to do this five days a week, it just becomes a regular part of your life, and you don’t know how you lived without it. Make sure to do some yoga poses for up to 10 minutes a day too. This releases both physical and emotional tension, further making you a productivity machine. Find your routine, find a time every day, and commit to it.
Yes, we breathe, and this is totally natural. We barely think about it as it’s just something the body does automatically. It is our life force. In yoga, there are more enhanced ways of breathing that gives us more oxygen in the body and brain. Often, our breathing only utilizes the smaller lung cavity, but if we breathe more deeply into the belly, we can access our full lung capacity.
A few minutes of deep, slow breathing can do so much. It influences your emotional state, energy levels, and positive ways instantly. As you bring more oxygen into the body, you bring greater blood flow into the brain, which gives you the capacity to think more clearly. If you really want to be productive, deep breathing can be a godsend. Try it the next time your mind is feeling fuzzy.
Productivity needs your focus, and this is what meditation can give you. With so much distraction, it can be challenging to get anything done. You can spin your tires thinking about all these different things while not really tending to any of them. We are dopamine junkies, and we can thank the technology movement for that. Meditation is a way that we can negate the effects of what social media and other computer related activities take away from us.
Studies have found that meditation changes the way our brain functions. It helps to reduce the effects of things that take away from our productivity. This includes stress, anxiety, and depression. Meditation is the art of just staying in the moment. Being still. When you hone this in a supportive environment, you can begin to use it in your daily life. You can focus on one thing with a clear frame of mind.
The five tools we have mentioned here are basics things we do as human beings. In a way, we’re getting back to our basics. If you want to be productive, get yourself moving, eat food that fuels your mind and body, drink plenty of water, and start doing a little meditating. These things are going to greatly improve how you manage your time and how productive you are.