Entrepreneurial tips #8
I think I have the first part down pretty well.
I work hard.
Always have. Always will. I like a crazy-ass schedule more than anything.
And my “free time” is often just as intense as work. Between F3 workouts and GORUCK events and training for and competing in marathons and ultra marathons, I’m usually up early and carrying a utility pole around or running ten miles before most people have coffee. And obviously, even more important, I’m trying to be a good husband and father, which is oftentimes the furthest thing from relaxing.
But the truth is, you need a break. Everyone does. So—if you are running or starting a business and your life is generally nuts— when and how can you relax?
Here are some ideas that have worked for me:
SCHEDULE—You need to plan that time like you plan time for everything else. If you don’t, it won’t get done. Simple as that.
MEDITATE—Don’t roll you eyes. You don’t need to have incense burning. It’s a few minutes twice a day. TOTAL relaxation and TOTAL concentration. My day is no good without it.
TAKE A NAP—I don’t nap the all the time—just when I need to. Your body will tell you. Listen.
YOGA—Besides being good exercise generally and great for flexibility specifically, yoga really does have all the other benefits people won’t shut up about—it relaxes you, it slows things down, and it centers you.
BREATHE—Read up on how to control your breathing, and how to use that to help control your emotions, your mood and your energy. Seriously. You wouldn’t think anything as routine or basic as breathing could do all of that, but it can.
READ—Sometimes I wonder if reading is going to disappear like cursive writing. Can’t I just listen to an audio book. Or, better yet, a podcast? You can—and I do—but reading is extremely relaxing. Beyond the benefits of knowledge, there is something really pleasurable about reading.
SPIRITUALITY—It doesn’t have to be an reorganized religion. It doesn’t have to be religion for that matter. But taking some time to read about or think about or listen to spiritual topics is time well spent. The world is bigger than today’s 3 o’clock meeting. It’s good to be reminded of that.
DO SOMETHING FOR YOU—You may be overloaded with stress and demands from running a business as well as family commitments. But you can’t forget you. Make sure you set aside some time to listen to music, binge watch a favorite show, take a walk. Do it.
One final note: some of us feel guilty about relaxing. Don’t. You’ve earned it. You need it. Unplug for a bit, recharge your batteries, and then get after it.