Every entrepreneur knows that running a company is always challenging. From the overwhelming amount of emails to the high pressure meetings, entrepreneurial life comes with a unique set of challenges. Over the years, I have come to find that there are some key habits I do every day, from something as small as making my bed to broader character decisions that make my life just a little bit easier. Below are my daily habits that have led me to success in both business and personal life:
Start Your Day with a Routine.
Get up early. It’s the most productive time of day for me, and starting early means you’re more likely to accomplish all of your daily tasks. I’m more focused and alert in the morning so I like to tackle my least favorite projects at the start of the day. That allows me to feel at-ease in the afternoon and leads to a more relaxing evening.
Whether in my office or at home, I find my mind is more focused and organized without a lot of clutter in sight. During breaks from my computer or while on a phone call I find myself tidying up, filing or tossing. De-clutter equals de-stress and allows for a more focused approach to my work.
Don’t Listen to Naysayers.
Surround yourself with positive people. Thoroughbreds run with thoroughbreds. We all have enough negative self-doubt swirling around in our heads, so we don’t need any additional criticism coming in from others. Believe in yourself and welcome those around you who encourage the same positive energy.
Find a group of people with more experience or resources than you have and ask a lot of questions. Set up lunches or activities with peers and don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know”. Surround yourself with like-minded entrepreneurs who have similar goals, so you can bounce ideas off of one another and have open, honest dialogue about what tactics work, and more importantly, which don’t.
Believe in yourself, don’t take no for an answer and keep pushing forward. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. One of my customers early on in my business once wrote in the memo line of a check to me, “to Mrs. Tenacious” when he finally agreed to sell my product after I firmly and confidently sold him on the product. Fifteen years later he is one of our happiest customers.
Always Be Honest.
Whether dealing with customers, friends or employees it is imperative that you always act with integrity and tell the truth. If you want respect and trust in business, or in life, you must always treat people openly and fairly. In addition to being honest with others, you must always be honest with yourself. Maybe you spent a long time planning something that just didn’t work, or you put money behind an idea that never netted results. No matter how hard you tried, you must be realistic about the outcome and accept when something did not go as planned so that you can learn from it and move forward.
Make Your Bed.
This may seem like a small and insignificant task, but if you accomplish this small task every day it gets you off to a good start and gives you a tiny sense of pride. Plus, there’s no better feeling than coming home to comfortable, perfectly made bed!
Get to the Point.
In our hurried world of texts and emails it’s important to communicate quickly and concisely. Get your point across as efficiently as possible, and leave out the fluff. Always remember, if you don’t have time to read through lengthy emails, then your colleagues and business partners don’t either. Say what needs to be said, and leave the rest for a more appropriate time.
Whatever routine fits your schedule it’s important to have a spot on your calendar for your workout. Keep it simple if you must, but do an activity each day. Whether you prefer a quick run, a yoga class, or a full out boxing lesson, exercising is a great way to clear you mind, get your endorphins going and get out of work-mode for a bit.
While there may be times when you are stressed and overwhelmed, you can always count on these consistent practices to make the day a little bit easier. Finding a daily routine that works for you brings a sense of calmness and consistency to what is typically a very hectic lifestyle of an entrepreneur.