What are some good daily habits or exercises to get into?
I’m trying to create an efficient and stimulating daily routine that will lead me on the path to success and intelligence professionally. I realize this is incredibly general, but I’m open to everything.
I love this question. So often, we get hyper-focused on productivity and work-related tasks that we forget how important the rest of our life is to our performance in business and life more generally. After a rough start out of the gates where I didn't prioritize my health and well-being, both mentally and physically, I'm happy to say I've developed a few strategies that work for me. I've shared them below, but everyone is different and I recommend finding your own methods that work best for you.
1. Physical exercise: For me, nothing is more effective for stabilizing my mental and emotional well-being than physical exercise. I workout 5 to 6 days a week, combining martial arts and weightlifting. My number one rule is to just show up. As long as I get there, I'm doing something right. Some days I push harder than others, but I try to make it to the gym or the dojang at least 5 days a week. If you're not into exercising, getting started with just two to three days a week is great too!
2. Reading: I also like to read quite a bit, not including my research and work-related reading. I think unplugging the professional frame of mind to just enjoy some fiction, poetry, or anything else creative is essential. Some of my favorite things to read range from over-the-top sci-fi to political philosophy and history; whatever I might be in the mood for that day.
3. Hobby: I have a hobby where I build little models and paint them. They can also be used in a tabletop game. They're not only fun to make, but they help me hone my attention to detail and patience. When building and painting a model, you have to be careful and take your time to make the end result look beautiful. You also have to be willing to make mistakes and grow as you go. I think these skills translate to life and business, but doing it in this fun kind of way provides a relaxing format in which to practice those skills.
4. Diet: Admittedly, I've been lacking on this front lately. However, a healthy diet can change EVERYTHING about the way I feel, think, and work. Lots of vegetables are an absolute must. I also eat a lot of lean proteins and try to work fruits into the mix whenever possible. The amount of clarity and mental sharpness diet can bring is a real gamechanger.
When I'm working, I'm working hard and usually long hours. That's why a lot of my daily habits revolve around unplugging in a meaningful way that still remains valuable and productive. By aligning physical, mental, and emotional health through these methods, I realize I am more effective when I am working as well.
I've got so many I want to state BUT the primary one is to start your day with a shower! Crazy right? I highly advise all entrepreneurs (especially those that work remotely) to shower at the beginning of the day.
Additionally, taking 2-minute stints, 3 times a day to stretch, has also helped me in my 22 yrs of business to stay motivated.
I meditate. I think meditation is the best exercise. I meditate for 30-45 minutes a day to keep the stress away and find peace of mind. I have found it very useful and stress-releasing. And I recommend it often to my fellow peers.
Another thing that I feel is important is keeping hydrated i.e. drink a lot of water.
I have one big daily habit I always follow, no matter what. As a 21-plus year entrepreneur, there are days when you work from home, don't see any clients, or have any meetings. Regardless, dressing for work is crucial for me to feel as though I'm up and ready to seize the day. Working from home can create a tendency to become lazy in our appearance and even work in our PJ's while the day slips by. Before you know it, it's 5 pm and you haven't even showered!
If I have just a phone call or two (and no one will see me, anyway), still, I get ready as if they could see me. It makes me much more confident, efficient, determined, and productive overall.
Try it and you'll see :)
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That's a tough question and one I think about a lot. If you asked 100 people, you'd probably end up with 100 "perfect" ways to manage the day. The best way for you to progress through your day really depends on you.
Personally, I've tried a few things in the last couple of years that I've found beneficial.
1. Start the day by taking five minutes to list things you're thankful for
I don't do this every day, but I have tried it for different stretches of my life, and it's an easy way to start the day in a good mood. It also helps keep your priorities in check. I also like that it doesn't take much effort. Everyone can spare five minutes at the beginning of the day to write down a few notes.
2. End the day by making tomorrow's to-do list
This helps you prepare for the next day, and it's nice to start the next day already knowing what you have to do.
3. Healthy habits
Exercising and getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night are two tips you'll hear from almost everybody. It's always a good idea to keep yourself healthy and well-rested.
4. Learn something new
Whether it's listening to a podcast on a new topic or taking a class in something you want to learn more about, challenging yourself professionally is important. Part of my job is writing and editing stories for Business.com, and I've spoken to dozens of sources and read countless articles about entrepreneurs who teach themselves how to code or how to use different social media tools in their free time. Many of them use these skills to grow their business and start successful companies.
Taking a coding class doesn't mean you'll become a successful business owner overnight, but gaining new skills makes you a better entrepreneur and a better candidate for jobs.
This might not necessarily fit into your daily routine, but I'd recommend reaching out every month (or more if you're inclined) to one or two people in a career field you're interested in. I've personally reached out to people I was familiar with from social media to have a quick phone call about their career and how they got to where they are today. I've left those conversations with a better understanding of how to find success in those career fields, and I've developed a connection for life. Start small with networking. Connect with people in your local community who inspire you professionally.
If reaching out to people within your network doesn't sound appealing, look for networking events in your area. Meeting people and making connections is one of the best pieces of advice I've received.
If you're interested in tips for how to start your day, our sister site Business News Daily has a fun read that shares 63 different ways entrepreneurs start their days: https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8928-entrepreneurs-morning-habits.html.
Again, your ideal daily routine depends on your specific needs and desires. Most people have different routines, and there is more than one way to be successful. Find what works best for you by trying out a few different things and adjusting along the way.
I start by drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning and then just using half an hour of time for a walk. This was a very comfortable, no stress way to start the day.