Taking the plunge into starting a business can be very stressful. That’s why it’s super important that you take good care of yourself and create a daily routine to help smoothen out those bumps in the road. It’s inevitable. They will happen. How you handle then is key.
Here are a few things that have been helping me stay on task no matter what this crazy entrepreneurial journey throws my way.
Set Up For Entrepreneurial Success
Create a daily morning ritual
The way you start your day is crucial. I used to wake up and check my phone right away. When I worked at #WeAllGrow Latina Network, we had clients on the east coast, which always made me feel like I was behind before I even started the day. It took me a long time to stop that habit. Now that I’m my own boss, the phone will not be (and has not been) checked until I’ve gotten up, meditated, got dressed (even though I work from home), and ate breakfast. Once I feel calm and centered, I can start the day.
Starting your day with a nourished body, mind and soul will increase your productivity. Take care of you first (Yes, even if that means you need to wake up earlier than everone else. So worth it).
Nourish your body
Back when I was checking my emails before getting out of bed, I was living on multiple cups of coffee. By early afternoon, I would crash. Sometimes my first meal of the day was in the afternoon!
I still need my cup of joe but if I don’t start the day with a veggie drinkor a light breakfast, I really feel it. Heavy food will make you feel sluggish. A green drink, yogurt, fruit, avocado toast, acai bowl – are all great starters for the day.
Do not multi-task
I was guilty of this too. And sometimes it can’t be helped. But you will get far better results if you focus on one task at a time. Finishing a task and checking off that list feels great. Having too many balls in the air can leave you feeling like you got nothing done that day.
When I made the decision to embark on this new chapter, I cleaned out and organized my home office. Emails, my computer desktop and papers get out of control quickly. Remove all of the digital clutter.
To keep my blog posts and editorial calendar in order, I swear by my Organizada planner from The Planning Collective. They also have a Jefa and Full Life planner, which I have my eye on right now.
You have to treat your own projects with the same care you would if you were in an office working for someone else.
Get up and move
If you sit at a computer all day, it’s not good to be sedentary for too long. It can cause all kinds of problems from muscle pain to heart issues. Oh yes, sitting all day is really, really bad for you. In fact, my posture while working contributed to my TMJ issue. I used to sit in my bed at work at the computer. Not good.
Get up and stretch if you’re unable to go for walk outside. Even if it’s just five minutes. My friends and I walk in the mornings before work. When I’m unable to walk with them, I do it in the evening. But I also stretch a lot throughout the day. It really makes a huge difference. Good circulation helps those brilliant ideas come in!
Sounds simple enough and it’s not groundbreaking advice. But if you don’t get your 8 hours of sleep, you’re going to feel it all day. You can’t feel calm, centered and successful if you’re running on empty. Make sleep time a sacred ritual. Take a warm bath, shut off electronics, drink tea or meditate. Clear your mind of the days’ noise and activities.
(This post is an edited version of what I wrote at Perennial Chic).