Starting a new business requires total dedication and focus. However, the long days and stress can often be taxing on your body, mind and social life.
Here are a few simple things you can do to maintain a sense of normalcy while building your small business, and re-gain control of your day:
- Take breaks -- when you are working for yourself, it's easy to get lost in your day. There will be days that slowly creep by, and others that pass at the blink of an eye. It is important that on even the busiest days you dedicate a moment to doing something other than your work. Stretch, walk around, call a loved one -- do something different for a change of pace, so you can go back to your work feeling refreshed.
- Try to keep to a routine -- this is especially important during your first few months in business. It's a strange feeling going from commuting and working a nine to six job, to working from home at various hours. You may not be able to control your new, crazy schedule, but you can take control of your day. Set your alarm for the same time every morning, read the newspaper or cook breakfast. Hold on to your daily routine as much as you can.
- Stay social -- starting a small business can be lonely, especially if you work by yourself. Schedule a time each week to meet up with friends and family or sign up to attend local networking events. Personally, I have found that I am most productive after having a coffee break with a friend in the early afternoon. It works like a reset button and helps to break up my day.
- Avoid being sedentary -- being a small business owner, you are undoubtedly busy. You may now have a shorter commute, if you even have one at all. If you find yourself sitting at a computer all day, don't let your body get used to the limited movement. Join a gym or sign up for a fitness class to keep your body as sharp as your mind.
- Be flexible -- your days aren't what they used to be. You may feel like you don't know normal anymore -- and that feeling is okay because you're making strides towards adjusting to your new normal.
Did you recently start your own small business? What tips do you have for other small business owners who may be adjusting to their new daily routine?
Gillian dreams big. After years of working under successful and inspirational women, she woke up one day at age 27 realizing she wanted more out of her career. The result of her revelation is Gillian Small Public Relations, a small business offering high quality PR services at an affordable price.