With starting a business comes a great deal of responsibility – this includes taking care of staff, dealing with financial risks, and establishing good relations with company partners. Most entrepreneurs suffer from the stresses of long hours in the workplace form unhealthy habits. With a busy work life, a healthy body is vital to improve efficiency at work. Our overall health and wellness play a key role in the daily activities. Without sufficient work-life management, it’s easy to fall into the trap of overworking yourself and losing motivation. To combat the pressures of entrepreneurship, here are ways you can start building healthy habits with the help of technology.
Efficient Energy Allocation:
The cliché that often comes to mind with work-life balance is time management. However, most of the time, this alone is not enough to work efficiently. For instance, you find yourself needing to update the statutory books with the new corporate officers, finish a SWOT analysis on an impending company project. Outside of your work, you have to make sure to fold your laundry, check your emails, and grab some dinner with some friends. You estimate that these tasks will take up the following amount of time: Statutory books: 5 hours (Due first), Project: 10 hours (Due next), Report: 5 hours (Due last).
Time Management along with health:
With the time management mentality, you might allot 20 hours straight back-to-back to finish these tasks with some intermittent leisure breaks. What happens is that you will set 20 hours as the expectation but will finish only 10 hours of work. The reason behind is when you first begin working on your to-do list, you tend to take about 20 minutes to get into the flow of work. The next hour may be used to be 100% productive. When you put all your brain energy into one task for a long duration of time, you start losing the percentage of productivity. All this can be easily managed with efficient energy allocation along with time management. Rather than working on tasks in the order that they’re due, start with a task that’s easier to finish.
Placement of tasks:
Knowing that you have a warmup period of about 20 minutes, tackling the easier problems allows you to feel some degree of accomplishment. Then, the next hour could be used to tackle the more difficult tasks that require a higher level of productivity. You don’t necessarily have to work on one thing the entire time either. If you work on something for 30 minutes and find yourself feeling drained, move on to a new task to refresh your mind. This way, you’ll spend less time dragging on a task you’re truly not motivated to do anymore.
Some helpful apps I like to use to maintain productivity include the following:
Habitica: Available across Android and iOS devices, this is a unique productivity application that gamifies your life. It turns all your self-imputed tasks into monsters you have to defeat and holds you accountable to finishing the task. Another cool feature is the party quest system integrated within the game. You can partner with other work-life balance aspirers and hold each other accountable in a collaborative setting. As the name of the app suggests, this app helps you develop good habits that can aid you in the long run.
Sleep, Diet & Exercise:
Sleep, diet, and exercise are undeniably vital in fueling stronger cognitive awareness and promoting emotional well-being. Studies show that sleep deprivation links to a greater risk of depression, high blood pressure, and a compromised immune system. Improper diet and exercise are equally taxing on your overall health and can reduce your productivity in the workplace.
Here are a few apps that promote proper self-care:
Fitbit: The Fitbit tracker app pairs with devices to phone that track your sleeping progress at night. In the morning, you can review your sleep trends on a graph. This helps to know if your ae getting enough rest. Additionally, you can set goals, reminders, and alarms within the app that can help you establish healthier sleeping habits. There’s also the option to track your exercise and develop a stable workout regimen. It is a great tool to track your overall health.
Hello Fresh: With a Hello Fresh subscription, you can order delicious recipes from the app or website and have them deliver to you fresh ingredients and the steps on how to prepare your meal. This is especially handy for people who are new to cooking and want to practice healthier dietary habits. Fresh cooked meals are great for your overall health.