Business owners should give time in their days to rest. Rest will help kickstart tomorrow’s success.
When did you last power off the TV, cell phone, social media and the outside world? Do these actions equate to rest?
Rest. A word with layered meanings such as to be quiet, refreshment, freedom from labor, peace of mind just to name a few. Research explains many nine to fivers and entrepreneurs are working on burnout. They rarely take the time to rejuvenate or re-energize their bodies and brains.
The reality is the brain shoots out information faster than you can keep up with at times. It’s constantly thinking; thinking of the past, present, and future all at once. You’re remembering what happened this morning or late last night; pondering about what’s going on at this very moment; and thinking of what needs to get done before the end of the day. And, don’t forget the in between stuff.
I remember working 30 to 40 hours Monday – Friday. Saturday’s were my days to catch up on errands I couldn’t get to during the week. Some Saturday’s I worked at school tutoring in reading and writing. So, many weeks included six full work days, which left me with Sunday’s to rest and do other things. Let’s not forget about grading assignments and essays, providing feedback, preparing lesson plans for the week, calling parents and completing a call log, etc. My body and mind were both fatigued, and I became cranky.
When starting as an entrepreneur, you learn how to balance time and how resting periods are critical. You’re a business owner, which adds another layer of responsibilities. At first glance, work days can be as long as 16 hours. Try to begin in its early stages to balance your times of a day. Be sure to include a few minutes for rest. Side note: Self-made millionaires set aside 30 mins per day for self-reflection and meditating. You may be thinking; they’re already at a level of wealth and sustainability. They can afford to do this. On the contrary, not actually. Self-made millionaires have more than one stream of income. Their times of days include a vast amount of decision-making, meetings, mainly overseeing the productivity of their businesses.
All work and no rest is not the key to success. An extremely busy person’s life can sometimes be exhaustive. These types are constantly on the go. There’s no end or balance to their schedules. Ever wonder if people are afraid of the quiet? It’s easy to get immune to a busy life until you forget what quiet is and means. Entrepreneurs need quiet to be more fruitful and productive.
Some schedules fill up from the moment of “good morning” to “good night.” Experts show how your brain doesn’t reach its fullest potential when working on overload. Quiet times help bring forth good ideas and quality work. Working too much has many effects on the body and mind. And, believe it or not, your mind and body need proper rest and balance.
Overall, try to include at least 20 to 30 minutes or more of shut down time in your day. You create the space of this moment. But, to do so, remember to learn what works best for you. Here are three ways to rest during your allotted times:
Napping. You certainly perform better and think clearer. Studies show how well your “memory improves and you learn better.” Napping contributes to being alert and also energizes.
Total silence. Turn off everything. Close your eyes and learn to shut off the brain. Disconnect from it all, which leads to the next point.
Meditation. Research contends a lot of meditating will reduce stress levels and anxieties. Meditating helps you disconnect from troublesome experiences and days. It also calms “upsetting” or “scary” moments. There are many different meditating styles. Find out which one is your fit.