Being successful requires a sharp mind and a lot of energy.
The business world is a game of mental, emotional and physical endurance and perseverance. We all need all the help we can get to keep focused, energized and sharp.
Eating and sleeping are things that you just can’t go without. But when you’re starting your own business these daily necessities can seem like annoying chores that just take away from the time you could be spending marketing, developing and improving your business. Depriving yourself of these two daily necessities is a common mistake for first-time entrepreneurs. You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by cutting back on sleep and skipping necessary meals. You are, in fact, doing the opposite. No one wants to do business with a tired, hungry, grumpy person. On the other hand, you’ll be too frazzled and distracted to do any business when your body and brain are screaming for food or have not gotten the correct amount of rest.
Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a day
That may seem ridiculous to you, but with a sharp, rested and energized mind and body you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. You need a day plan that includes more than meetings; it includes the time when you stop to eat, rest, and sleep. Trust us, depriving yourself of enough sleep will make you moody, unfocused and possibly incapable of making important decisions, prioritizing your day and many other high-level cognitive functions necessary to run your business.
Food for thought
What you eat can have a huge impact on your daily energy levels, your mood, and your well-being. Don’t weigh yourself down with the wrong foods. Feed your body and your brain with the right foods so you can keep your eyes on the prize.
When you wake up refreshed, don’t stifle your body and your mind immediately by skipping breakfast. Don’t give it artificial energy in the form of sugar and caffeine. The sugar high you’ll feel from that first coffee of the day comes with a low. You want to give your brain a meal that can sustain you until the next meal and then the next until you’re ready to get your 7-9 hours of sleep again. This is where healthy snacks in between meals come into play, especially when your mornings are long, and lunch doesn’t come until 1 or 2 in the afternoon.
Giving your body natural, well-rounded foods (yes, that includes carbs and grains) will help keep your energy levels up all day long. Nuts, seeds and fish (Omega-3 fatty acid products) are excellent for stimulating and energizing your brain. Make sure you plan something easy for you as a mid-morning/mid-afternoon snack. Even if you usually work from home, you may find yourself on your way to meet a client and with little time to think up a snack.
A good night’s sleep and healthy meals may just be the best thing you could do for yourself and your business.