How to stay fit and healthy for a healthy and fit business

red apple freedigphotosSo years ago when you worked for someone else you had two options when you were sick; go into work even if you didn?t give it 100%, as it was better than not turning up.

Or, you could give in, stay in bed and recover properly from your bug, cold or current lurgy.

But now you?re a business owner and you can do as you please right?

You can, if you choose, stay in bed, you don?t need a sick note and I?ve heard the boss can be easily bribed.? Yet most business owners I know are more likely to drag themselves out of bed and carry on with a full day?s work than employees. In fact in recent weeks I have spoken to business owners who are at work with shingles, flu and even one who has been receiving radiotherapy.? The question is – is this healthy?

Or, you could give in, stay in bed and recover properly from your bug, cold or current lurgy.? But now you?re a business owner and you can do as you please right?? You can, if you choose, stay in bed, you don?t need a sick note and I?ve heard the boss can be easily bribed.? Yet most business owners I know are more likely to drag themselves out of bed and carry on with a full day?s work than employees. In fact in recent weeks I have spoken to business owners who are at work with shingles, flu and even one who has been receiving radiotherapy.? The question is – is this healthy?

It?s easy to argue the pros and cons of going into work when ill.? As a business owner it?s easy to say you don?t have time to be ill, you have a living to make.? It?s also possible to argue, if you are at work, you are not thinking about just how ill you really are.? But not taking time to recover could be storing up trouble for the future.? Not giving your mind and body time to heal could leave you struggling days, weeks or months down the line.

You need to decide what?s right for you and your business.

Here are my top five tips to a fit and healthy business and you.

  1. Plan, plan and plan again.? Things can and do go wrong.? You are often sick when you are at your busiest with work (this always seems to be the way), or extra work comes in when the kids are sick. The more you have planned things, the easier it is to adjust your plans, delegate to others or work out what to do when.
  2. Look after you. Being a busy business owner, parent, partner and friend can take up so much time you forget to look after yourself.? Eating well, resting and getting some physical activity (and that?s not dashing to the coffee shop between meetings) will all help in keeping you fit for the work you want to and need to do.
  3. Be realistic.? That new project, idea or trip away may look good but take time to consider if it really helps you in your aims and success targets.? Do you have the mental and physical ability to take on something else?? Does your timetable allow for yet more things to be juggled and slotted in?
  4. Delegate. Stop being superwoman (superman for my male readers), it is perfectly ok to delegate jobs and tasks now so you don?t burn yourself out.? If you don?t have anyone at home or in the business to help you out, can you use other professionals to assist you?? Many business owners I know find getting someone to do their laundry, cleaning or other household tasks can ease the pressure more than they realised. Having a good bookkeeper, who will take away the box of receipts which is toppling over the edge of your desk and present you with a neat spreadsheet, will be worth their weight in gold.
  5. Review and re-evaluate regularly.? It?s easy to get sucked into the here and now.? Being busy and not really moving forward is common place amongst business owners.? Take time to review your plans, ideas and procedures; and consider if you are using your time and energy to best effect.??
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