We have the tendency to take on more than we can chew, especially as bloggers and entrepreneurs.
We are busy people when it comes to our businesses, and we’re responsible for a lot of things that goes on.
In fact, let me share with you a few things that I believe YOU are responsible for in your online business right now.
- Website creation, maintenance, and management.
- Content creation and management.
- Marketing and promotion.
- Building a customer base.
- Communicating with clients and providing a service.
- Engaging and networking with your audience.
- Building trust and credibility.
- Taking care of business administration duties.
- Reading and responding to emails, text messages, Skype messages etc.
- Managing your social media activities.
- And the list goes on, and on…
And yes, whilst you can invest in more tools, more apps, technologies, and various resources to help you manage your online business the best you can, the ‘one’ most critical tool you can’t do without, is YOU.
The most valuable business tool you have is YOU.
Yes, YOU! Reading this very post right now.
Your business, website or blog cannot move forward, or in the direction you want it to move into, without YOU and your input.
So now let me ask you something.
What are you doing to ensure that the most valuable business tool (You), is working to its maximum potential?
What are you doing to take care of number one, YOU?
If you’re scratching your head thinking hard about how to answer this, then stop.
Here’s some free advice for ensuring that YOU stay in tip-top shape, focused, motivated, and driven to continue being the best tool you can be, in your business now and in the future.
Let’s do this.
5 Ways To Take Care Of Your Most Valuable Business Tool, that’s YOU!
#1. Stay fit and healthy
Without a doubt, your health and fitness is the utmost important thing ever, not just in your business but in your life.
You can only boost your productivity and maximize your output when you’re energized, focused and alert.
So the advice from me is simple. Get regular exercise and eat healthily. I know this is so much easier said than done.
I once brushed aside any potential risks of not looking after myself, and I was eating junky snack foods whilst I worked for long hours at my computer. It soon caught up on me and I burnt out.
Not only did I burn out, but my general health, fitness, and wellbeing were in complete disarray.
My vision became affected from staring at the computer screen for too long too, and I started to wear glasses a few years ago.
Of course, I had to take immediate action to change my lifestyle, and so I began eating healthy. In addition, I joined my local gym. And I love to run too.
Now, you don’t have to take drastic measures like joining a gym, of course, but going for nice a walk once a day for 20 minutes will do you a world of good.
When I’m out on a run or a long walk, I like to think a lot. I think about my life, business, plans, goals etc, and I usually come back more motivated than before.
#2. Take frequent breaks
If you’re sat at a computer staring at the screen all day without taking enough breaks, then stop it.
It’s so easy to get engrossed in a project. I know that feeling, and sometimes, yes, you feel like you don’t need to take a break. But you do.
When I’m working at my computer I now tend to work for 50 minutes solid, then I’ll take a 10-minute break.
I do this for every 50 minutes of work that I get done so that my hours of work aren’t messed around.
You decide how long you should work for before taking a break, but ensure you’re taking them regularly.
#3. Drink more water
Too much caffeine is bad for you, and don’t pretend you didn’t know that.
If you can, cut down on the tea and coffee when working at your computer, unless you want to raise your blood pressure, damage your liver and become more irritable than ever before. (Read this).
Instead, keep your body well hydrated throughout the day with good old H20!
#4. Read for knowledge and inspiration
So what book are you reading right now?
Reading books is a wonderful way to not only expand your knowledge as a blogger or entrepreneur, but it’s also inspiring and invigorating for your mind.
Many times I’ve finished reading a good book and I’ve been fired up to take positive action in my business, and in my life too.
Read more books, it’s simple as that. If you don’t have time, make the time.
My all time favorite book at the moment is The One Thing by Gary Keller.
I’m sure you’ve heard me mention that book quite a few times here already. It’s a great book, and I recommend it to all my budding blogging friends and solopreneurs out there.
#5. Sleep more
Did I just say sleep more?
Yes, I did.
I appreciate that the only way to success is to work hard. Of course, it is! The more you put in the more you’ll get out, right?
Sure, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of losing valuable sleep.
Working late into the night might be the only option you have right now, but it’s not a great option in all honesty.
If you can change that at all then I recommend you do so, because once again, you can’t perform at your best in your business, when you’re mentally drained and tired.
Night times are meant for sleeping and… OK, I’ll stop there.
When I started my online business journey many moons ago, I was an all-out night owl, seriously.
During the day I was taking care of my kids and being a family man and what not, and during the night I would work for 5 or 6 hours straight, into the early morning sometimes.
After a year or so of doing this, my mind and body were completely destroyed.
I highly recommend that if you want the best tool for your business, remember that’s YOU, to function the best it can, then you should definitely get on top of your sleep.
I’ve been obsessed with this amazing App I found called Pillow, you can find it here. I have it on my Apple Watch and iPhone 6 and it’s been so beneficial in helping me get a better night’s sleep.
Wrapping things up
Once again, the most valuable business tool you have is YOU, you, you.
Because without you, those duties I mentioned earlier, won’t take care of themselves.
Look after number one, that being YOU, and your business will benefit greatly, and so will your life!
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