Health

Healthy Habits To Keep You Productive

Emma Ames | 27 June 2022 | 2 years ago

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We’re already halfway through a hectic year and burnout is a constant risk when running your own business. You might find yourself becoming distracted, over-tired, or irritable, all symptoms of being burned out and all feelings that could get in the way of your effectively leading your team.

We spoke to three entrepreneurs about the healthy habits you can start to follow to mitigate stress and set yourself up with a productive but manageable work day.

Edward Goodchild, CEO and co-founder at secure identity platform Arbor Steel, says: “There’s something of an expectation for founders to be always on and operating at 100mph with batteries that don’t run out. But the fact of the matter is, trying to embody that stereotypical entrepreneurial image is counter-productive and can be taxing on physical and mental health. My advice is to take some time out for yourself, whether that’s a family outing, a long walk, watching a film or otherwise – something that will allow you to recharge and recover your thoughts for better business outcomes and more productivity. The other recommendation is to help others with their challenges, somewhere you’re not the primary focus, as this can help offer a moment of clarity with the added benefit of supporting peers. Sitting back and taking stock can often be a great way to keep productivity on track.”

 

 

Sarah Barber, CEO at startup investment firm Jenson Funding Partners, says: “We’ve always operated remotely as a business, but it’s been interesting to see the impact that working from home has had on our portfolio companies and prospects. With less of a cut-off point in terms of removing yourself from the workplace, it’s even easier for founders and their staff to stay locked in at all hours, so it’s imperative that regular calls, updates, and breaks are taken in the same way they would from the office. Getting away from the screen and your desk to reset and get some fresh air, especially at this time of the year with the sun shining, will result in better engagement upon returning to work. Even if you’ve adopted a hybrid working model, feeling like you’re operating in isolation on non-office days can be avoided with collaborative tools like Microsoft Planner, which can outline projects and tasks, while co-ordinating KPIs and group targets. Staff will also feel more productive and satisfied if they feel like their hard work is being rewarded too, which goes just beyond a payday – so taking time out for fun through team social events, whether online or in-person, is also key.”

 

Harry Novic, CEO and founder at Rocky Robots, the digital coaching startup designed to guide and motivate young professionals, says: To be productive and efficient, you must start with habits aimed at cutting out distractions. From the technology that connects us to everything and everyone, to the endless forms of entertainment all around us: modern life is a minefield full of interruptions that can affect our progress every day. To this end, we suggest four behaviors to increase productivity, particularly in the working sphere.

(1) Don’t stay in bed any longer than you must 

Don’t wake up at the last minute or delay the alarm clock a hundred times when it rings – the early hours of the morning are among the most precious hours of the day. Not only because you’ll be more fresh, motivated, and determined when you start your daily routine, but also because distractions tend to accumulate as the hours go by. What can you do in practice? Try tackling projects that require your full attention in the early hours – the more you use this distraction-free time in the morning, the more productive you’ll be. A morning routine will help you do this.

(2) Don’t leave the organisation of your day to chance

Don’t go to bed saying to yourself “I’ll think about it tomorrow” – make a list of things you must do, whether they’re work-related or moments for you to recharge your batteries. It can be helpful to use your smartphone notes or mark things on your calendar app.

(3) Don’t leave your devices connected or in sight
The vibration of a phone or its screen lighting up distracts us so, if possible, move your phone away while working. Even if you typically use the internet for work, ask yourself if there are any specific tasks you can do offline to help disconnect.

(4) Do not live in clutter 

The environment around us greatly influences our productivity – or unproductivity – and clutter can be even more distracting than its individual parts. This means it’s not so much having several objects that are not in their proper place that distracts you, but more the cluttered environment as a whole.

Maintaining your health should be your number one priority, especially after the last two years, so taking time in your day to get a quick, 30-minute walk, eat a healthy meal, or just go and chat with some new faces can help keep you balanced and refreshed. A good work-life balance can be achieved if you have built a trustworthy team around you. Have the confidence to delegate and allow your staff the ability to self-manage, particularly at the managerial level.

You find out more on how to manage stress and maintain healthy levels of productivity here: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/mental-health-issues/stress/

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