Who wouldn’t want to be a bustling entrepreneur or a start-up owner? Not only do you get to choose your own hours and do something you love, you can even work from the comfort of your home. In today’s day and age, technology is getting more efficient, and there are several offices and businesses which exist exclusively on the virtual scale, with no need for a brick and mortar offices.
Sadly, though, many entrepreneurs fall into the dark side of this “liberty.”
Due to the ability of being able to choose their own hours, and having a workplace that is either in or very close to home, several entrepreneurs end up putting all their time and effort into their work, leaving no room for anything else. And this can lead to many problems, such as, burnout, procrastination and depletion of health, among others. By working in a familiar, old environment every day, with no change of pace and stimulation from the outside world to inspire new ideas, the creative spirit (that made them entrepreneurs in the first place) often gets diminished.
Following on from our video blog here where Melle, Oliver, and our company dog Apollo took a break in the mountains. We thought we’d give our readers a list of 5 really good reasons why you must take that break outside of the “office” every day (or at least once in a while):
#1: To Network Better
Dr. Ivan Misner, who founded Business Networking International, has stated that those who spend 20 hours+ every week on networking, end up getting about 70% of their business with the help of referrals only. Networking helps you meet people, create contacts and exchange ideas and as a result allows you to expand your business. You must therefore spend some time to go out and get involved in networking activities. It could be joining an area networking group, or even getting in MeetUp groups that are connected to your field.
#2: To Get Inspired
Researchers at Stanford have proposed that the simple activity of walking actually increases your creativity by over 60%! Both Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have championed walking, with the latter known to even take meetings while walking. Not only does walking help soothe the soul, it lets your mind wander, and gets the creative juices going!
Tip: When you walk, simply allow your mind to wander and let the thoughts come to you spontaneously.
#3: To Replenish your Body’s Store of Healthy vitamins
Remember why it was basically a necessity to play outdoors when you used to be a child? It’s one of the ways to stay healthy and keep your body fit. According to scientific research, there are far more people who lack essential vitamins than ever, in part due to staying indoors for hours and even days at a time. Exposure to the sun is important, as sunlight the chemical present in your skin to vitamin D3, that is then taken to the kidneys and liver to be finally converted into Vitamin D. Deficiency in Vitamin D leads to several health problems, including (but not limited to) fractures, osteoporosis, colon problems, prostate problems, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, among others.
#4: To increase your sense of self-worth
Believe it or not, even the simplest of things such as getting dressed up and going out can do wonders for the spirits, not to mention the good feeling that you will get from grooming yourself. Even if you work from home, you should make sure shower early in the morning and get dressed for work. Acting like a professional, even when you are working in your home will affect the way you respond to things. For instance, you’ll be able to go out the door the moment you get the news that a new client (or even a friend) wants to meet with you for lunch.
#5: To Keep Healthy
According to a report that was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, not only does staying in a sitting position for hours potentially ruin your health, it also increases your chances of dying sooner. Needless to say, you NEED regular exercise and movement to keep your energy-levels up and prevent yourself from developing physiological and/or neuromuscular problems (like stiff muscles) that are caused due to sitting too much.
You must, therefore, ensure you take a break to get out and about – several times a day. If you have trouble following a routine all on your own, set an alarm that will make taking that break easier. Believe me, just like Melle, Oliver, and Apollo’s trip to the mountains, those small activities can do wonders to your body and for your business.
If you’re an entrepreneur who is lucky enough to have the freedom to work how you want, when you want and where you want, you must take advantage of that fact, and ensure that you don’t abuse it by overworking. Instead maintain a healthy balance between work and leisure. After all, all work and no play…..