Sure, there are many rewards of home based entrepreneurship. Getting up when you’re done sleeping rather than to an alarm clock, or knowing for sure you can make the 11:00 am school program and coaching the Little League game at 6 pm.
However, there are unhealthy habits that can affect your well being if you’re not careful. And they sneak up on you when you least expect it.
Here’s a short list of very real circumstances you can find yourself in.
• You have no office hours, so you work late into the night
• You are up and at the computer with the sunrise and put in 18 hours days
• You don’t eat when you should but instead, snack on stuff in the kitchen
• As a matter of fact, you turn to the kitchen way more than you should and begin to eat when you’re bored or stressed.
• You feel like you’re slacking if you take time to go to the gym, so you end up inside all day in front of your computer.
Sounds pretty grim, doesn’t it? Well, it is. And it’s easier than you think to find yourself relating to one or more of these.
So what’s the remedy?
First, it’s an acknowledgement that you are doing this already or vow to never let it happen. Have a game plan for balance in your life and treat yourself well.
Here are 6 steps you take toward a balanced life.
1. Set office hours
Even if you occasionally have to work late, generally you should set a starting time and a quitting time. This helps your family navigate around your work and insures that you do not end up working 24-7 just because the business – and the work – are right there in the next room.
2. Do not neglect your workout
Poor exercise habits lead to a decreased ability to concentrate and ultimately will increase your stress. Getting in a routine for fresh air and exercise will go far in your creativity, production and stress relief.
3. Eat Healthy
When the kitchen is literally right around the corner – and it’s stocked with your favorite junk food snacks, and you can eat whatever you like – we’ll this is a problem. Keep foods on hand that are healthy and don’t skip three full meals a day. Many people reach for food when bored or stressed. If you find yourself in the kitchen, consider why you are there. Is it time to eat and you’re truly hungry? Are you bored? Are you stressed out? If you’re really hungry, reach for a good choice, then head for a short walk around the block and refresh.
4. Start your day with meditation.
Don’t be so quick to rush into your work. Take a few minutes or however long you need to pray, prepare your mind and thoughts and seek the strength you will need to handle what the day has for you.
5. Take time for family.
Do what you do with them. Have dinner together, share your day, and role model to them the lifestyle that home business entrepreneurship offers. Especially if you have kids at home. Be there for them. That’s why you choose to work from home. So make sure you show up.
You must make sure that you control your home based business lifestyle or it will quickly take over and control you.
I’d love to hear from you about your tips for staying balanced and healthy in your business. Please leave a comment.