4 Tips For Managing Your Health As A Busy Business Owner
- Posted by Alaia Williams
- On January 7, 2014
As a small business owner your list of “to-dos” is never ending. It seems like every time you cross one task off your list—4 more appear. However, this is not a complaint as the alternative would mean we were not being as productive as we desire. Because there is always a list of tasks to tackle to maintain daily operations, expand and grow, and seek out future endeavors, it can be easy to let our health slip through the cracks.As a friendly reminder of the importance of managing my health, I took a few unexpected sick days which made me contemplate whether they could have been avoidable if I made a little more time for myself. In an effort to prevent future injuries and illness, and to take better care of my health and personal well-being, I have come up with the 4 tips below:
Tip # 1 – Have a Plan B
When you unexpectedly fall ill ,you may have little to no time or energy to invest in explaining and delegating your workload. This is why it is imperative to have “Plan B” in place so that when an unexpected absence occurs, everyone already knows what to do. This can be achieved by having a shared calendar, and a trusted colleague or two who are available to pitch in when you are in need. This includes times when you are traveling for business or pleasure, and you will of course return the favor for them when needed.
Tip #2 – Perfect Your Posture
If you sit at desk the majority of your day, your posture can play a large role in your physical wellbeing. However, your posture can also be of concern if you work on portable electronic devices while out and about, which often requires you to strain your neck and back. To help minimize neck and back pain and carpal tunnel, invest in ergonomic devices, adjustable electronics, standing work spaces, and make a conscious effort to sit up straight and tall when you are seated.
Tip #3 – Move, Stretch, and Exercise
It is something we hear all the time, with good reason. It's important! I set a goal to get up every hour and move around for a few minutes. Sometimes, it is more like 2 hours, but I now make a significantly greater effort than I had previously. I also make sure I fit in a few workouts a week into my schedule—and I can’t deny that my muscles and body feel amazing after each workout session.
Tip #4 – Schedule “Me” Time
As full as you plate may be, life is worth living! Taking time out to schedule a long lunch with friends, read a new book, go on a date, go to the spa, or indulge in a mini movie marathon can give you much needed time to reboot and recharge. Your time away from your professional commitments will allow you to return renewed and refreshed, and you may even find you work more effectively and efficiently when you take time out for yourself.
While your business and professional obligations may be one of your primary motivating forces—taking time to manage your health and well-being will ensure you stay at the top of your game.
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