As well as good business practice, we do our best to promote healthy practices too. Let’s face it, being an entrepreneur, freelancer or working for a small business is not exactly he healthiest lifestyle in the world, but there are some common ugly ones that (once spotted) could potentially be avoided turning you into a productive worker!
Okay, so getting 8 hours of sleep a night can seem a little ambitious. But at least do yourself a favor and make sure you wind down after a long day at work before sleeping. You cannot expect to fall asleep straight away after a day of work. It is much more beneficial if you slow your mind down before resting in order to give you a better sleep. So take an hour or so to relax before drifting off. Let us emphasize the word RELAX. This does not include catching up on work or checking your emails. You must be in the right mind frame to do so and continuing with work will not do this. The bed is for sleep and conditioning your mind to recognize this is important. This means if you are having trouble sleeping because your mind is racing 100 miles an hour thinking about your business, get up and repeat the wind down process, you should not actually get into bed until you are ready to sleep. At the same time, if you find yourself under sleeping during the week, use the weekends to catch up. This will keep your fresh for the upcoming week while you slowly burn the midnight oil.
Eat Properly and Exercise Regularly
This is an obvious one, but it is still probably the most important. When you are putting all of your time into a business, you find that your diet and exercise routine seem to be put aside in order for you to focus more. However, doing this is causing you to actually focus less. Spend some time doing at least some form of physical activity and start watching what you are eating. We are not saying you need to become a fitness/salad freak, but just start to take notice of what you can do to make your lifestyle a little bit healthier. This will prevent things like weight gain and added stressors that we are sure you don’t need in order to be more productive.
You Are Not at University Anymore…
For a city like Hong Kong, this one can be important. The habits that made your plod through university will not always help in the adult world. In order for you to be successful, two things need to be avoided. Firstly, do not leave tasks for the very last minute. This might have been effective at Uni, but that was because the only person a failure (if things went south) would affect would be you. If you are an entrepreneur or a small business, there is a chance that your failures will affect many other people. Along with this, you will need as much energy as possible to tackle your working week. This means you have to do your best to avoid general midweek madness by going out and clubbing late. We are not saying that you should not be sociable; on the contrary we promote social interaction inside, and outside, the Hive. However, a simple drink in Soho does not need to turn into stumbling home at 4am from Dusk Till Dawn. Doing this will not make you more productive, but will also save you plenty of money!
Don’t be boring!
We are not contradicting what was said above, but you need to find a balance in what you do. Exclusive focus on work will lead to a burnout, and the countless amounts of stressors you encounter are not healthy. Most people who are in the business world know this, but for the amount of hours entrepreneurs put in, it can prove to be extremely difficult for them to adjust. Do your best to leave what little spare time you may seem to have for friends/family as well as yourself in order to maintain a good work-life balance. The key to a good business is sustainability, and you having some kind of a nervous breakdown would not help at all!