As an entrepreneur or the owner of a small business, you’re probably working your butt off to make things happen. The luxurious 8-hour sleeps that 9-to-5ers get is a dream for you and you’re just happy when you have time to eat.
While your friends are out partying or basking in the sun enjoying their vacation time, you’re working every day and all day, so that one day you won’t have to.
Because of the hard work entrepreneurs put in and their lack of sleep, they often run low on energy. Being tired can decrease productivity and can limit creativity.
You can’t afford a 10-hour sleep, but you can’t afford to be running on low energy all the time either. So, what’s the solution?
Here are 6 tips to have more energy as an entrepreneur.
Working out in the morning is a great way to get energy throughout the day. After a short sleep, sometimes you can wake up feeling like you just got hit by a bus. It’s hard to get out of bed and face the day feeling like that. And when you feel this way, the last thing you want to do is workout. But it’s exactly the thing you should do.
A 2015 study found that after exercising, workers’ performance improved (likely due to their improved mood).
Getting your body moving right after you wake up will almost shock it into an awake state, giving you a productive start to the day. If you’re worried about being tired mid-day from a draining workout, exercise for a shorter amount of time. I recommend the 7 Minute Workout app. Exercises are packed into a quick seven minutes. Even getting out for a quick morning power walk will help set a positive tone for the day ahead.
Instead of starting each day by checking your inbox, start it with a simple meditation. So many studies have shown the amazing benefits of quieting the mind. Among those benefits are increased productivity , more focus and less stress.
When your mind is racing, thinking of every email you have to reply to and all of the things you need to complete, it can be hard to just relax as an entrepreneur. Start off by meditating for only five minutes a day and work your way up. If you’re new to meditation, apps like Relax will be helpful.
Sounds simple, right? But it’s important. You may get some caffeine from that soda, but drinking sugary drinks can make you feel groggy. Studies show that dehydration affects how your brain functions and that being dehydrated by just 2% negatively impacts the ability to complete tasks that require attention.
If you hate drinking water, try adding some fruits or veggies into an infusing water bottle. It will amp up the taste in a healthy way while keeping you hydrated.
If you wonder why you feel tired after only three hours of working, it could simply be because you’re sitting and staring at a screen all day. When your body isn’t moving, sometimes your brain can follow suit. Of course, a quick walk will usually cure this. However, for a more long-term solution, you could invest in an adjustable standing desk. It will be especially helpful if you suffer from back pain from sitting or shoulder pain from constantly leaning over a desk.
Listening to Music
Plug those earbuds in and tune into some music! The noise will wake you up and lead to a more productive day. According to a study, 90% of workers perform better when they’re listening to music.
So which music will keep you awake when working on a task? Well, it depends:
- Data entry and working to meet a deadline = pop music
- Proof-reading = dance music
- Math and high accuracy problem solving = classical
Check Your Iron Levels
If you’re suddenly feeling more drained than you used to and are having trouble completing a full task, you may have low iron. Iron levels can be detected by a blood test as recommended by your doctor. If you need more iron, your doctor may recommend pills or liquid iron. The mineral is also found in red meat and leafy green vegetables.
When all else fails, maybe you just need some sleep! Get off your device and take a nap! ?