Running a small business is hard. Running a successful small business is even harder. The demands put on the average entrepreneur are a harsh reality that can often counter the fulfillment of being your own boss. It can seem too overwhelming at times to be worth it.
There is no magic trick that will make the life of a small business owner simpler. Nor are there any that will ensure your success in the cutthroat professional world you have entered. But there are some daily rituals that small business owners can take part in that will have plenty of benefits.
Early To Rise
You won’t get anywhere if you sleep till noon, you already know that. But that 9 AM waking time you’ve been enjoying since giving up the up the office rat race could be hurting your day just as badly.
Setting your alarm for much earlier in the AM will give you those peaceful morning hours to be more productive. They will also give you a bit longer to get your day started, including a good breakfast without having to rush.
Move The Body To Jump Start The Brain
Exercise is an important part of staying healthy. Many successful small business owners choose to take part in physical activity right at the beginning of their day. Others prefer it later on, when their brains are beginning to suffer from fatigue.
In any case, moving the body is going to kick the mind into high gear.
Catch Up On Current Events
No matter what industry you work in, it is changing all the time. You want to be one of the first people to know about those changes, so you can take advantage, or change your plans accordingly.
Every day, take some time to catch up on current events either directly, or non-directly, related to your business.
Take A Moment To Define The Tone Of The Day
Economist Caroline Webb has an interesting perspective on the nature of our moods. According to her, it is all about psychological priming and self definition. She maintains that if you take a moment every day to set the intentions and tone for the things you have to do, everything will go more positively than if you hadn’t done so.
Small business owners can start each day deciding that it will be a good one. All it takes is a quick pep talk.
Make Your Plans
What do you have to do today? A to-do list is every entrepreneurs best friend. By taking a little bit more time to set priorities, and to include personal tasks like errands in with it, you will get more done.
Plan your day to fit in as much as possible, as smoothly as possible. Where needed, cut out items that can wait to avoid overworking.
Relax, Reflect, and Ruminate
Many business owners are big believers in meditation. That doesn’t mean you have to sit on the floor and spend an hour chanting (unless you want to). Rather, you need to take some time to calm yourself and reflect.
Take at least ten minutes every day to close your eyes, and let your thoughts drift away. Focus on your breathing only. Then take another ten minutes to use the clarity you gain to think back to the day, and any problems you are facing. You will find yourself better able to cope.
Tend To Personal Relationships
One of the biggest mistakes small business owners make is to let their personal relationships suffer. It is a natural consequence of the stresses of running a company. We get snippy, or we spend less time with loved ones. Maybe we feel too busy to make important dates.
But life without loved ones is no life at all. Make your friends and family a priority in your daily life. Even if it is nothing more than a single meal.
Get Plenty Of Zzz’s
You should be sleeping 7 – 9 hours per night, period. There are no exceptions to this rule, no matter how much you insist you do fine on 5.
It Isn’t All About The Benjamins
Never forget that life is about balance, happiness, and peace, not money and business savvy. To be successful you have to make sure you are practicing self care, and giving yourself a leg up in any way you can.
These daily rituals will keep you on track, and protect you from the burn out so many entrepreneurs face over the course of building their company.