The game changes when you start your business—the hours of being an entrepreneur are more difficult to manage than you realized. Six months after launching, you realize you haven’t seen the inside of a gym since thigh masters were popular and your daily diet is comprised of whatever is closest at hand, drinks with other pros or the remnants of leftovers from yesterdays lunch meeting.
It’s hard to keep track of your business and your health, and you find yourself choosing between the two more often than you like. And business always wins.
There are a million tips that I’ve learned since starting my business years ago, but the top trick is to schedule your workout the same as any appointment you’d make during the day. Except you make this appointment with yourself, and you take it as seriously as you would any big meeting to close a deal. Because you’re closing a deal with your health: to show up.
And if you’re having trouble carving out the hours and taking it seriously, don’t forget that being in good physical health is just as important to running a business as being in a good headspace.
We spend many, many hours glued to computers, up late, writing pitches, finishing up just one more project, trying to squeeze in one more call or team meeting. You need stamina to make it through those long days, and coffee isn’t enough (well, it’s shouldn’t be the only thing to keep you going). Once you start exercising regularly, you’ll find yourself with more energy and focus.
It’s worth waking up 30 minutes earlier to go for a run or an hour earlier to hit the gym with a friend. Plus, if you schedule it with a friends, you’re much less likely to miss it. Even more so if you’ve already paid for a workout with your personal trainer or using ClassPass, which I’ve been trying lately, and even when I schedule a 6:00 a.m. class, I go despite having to drag myself out of bed because I feel super guilty about wasting money if I miss it.
I have more health tips I’d love to share, ranging from exercise to diet to cultivating a healthy mindset. Leave your Qs in the comments and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does!