Here are a few simple things you can do to maintain a sense of normalcy while building your small business, and regain control of your day:
- Take breaks – when you are working for yourself, it’s easy to get lost in your day. It is important that on even the busiest days you dedicate some time away. Stretch, walk around, call a loved one — do something different for a change of pace, so you can go back to your work feeling refreshed.
- Try to keep to a routine – this is especially important during your first few months in business. Set your alarm for the same time every morning, read the newspaper or cook breakfast. Stick to your routine as much as you can. Remember, it takes 30 days to make a habit.
- Stay social – starting a small business can be lonely, especially if you work by yourself. Schedule a time each week to meet up with friends and family, or sign up to attend local networking events.
- Avoid being sedentary – being a small business owner, you are undoubtedly busy. If you find yourself sitting at a computer all day, don’t let your body get used to the limited movement. Join a gym or do something active.
- Be flexible – your days aren’t what they used to be when you start a small business. You may feel like you don’t know normal anymore — and that feeling is okay because you’re making strides towards adjusting to your new normal.
Did you recently start your own small business? What tips do you have for other small business owners who may be adjusting to their new daily routine?
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