Friday, December 28, 2012

How Not to Let Work Take Over Your Life

I'm sure you've heard (or maybe even live) the classic stereotype of a successful entrepreneur: He or she works hard, around the clock, until they reach success. While it's true that you have to be dedicated to your business to avoid failure, Zach Cutler, CEO of The Cutler Group, says that "getting consumed by your work isn't good for you or your business. Working too hard can be unhealthy, and your work will suffer as a result."

That means you have to figure out a way to balance your business/work and your life. Here are five steps Cutler shares to do just that:

  1. Maintain your boundaries. You must have a clearly defined boundary between your work and personal life. This goes for your daily routine and making time for yourself on the weekend. For instance, you could close your computer and leave your office at 6:00 every evening or choose not to work once your family gets home. When you separate work time from home time, you'll better associate your office with being productive and your home with rest and relaxation.
  2. Eat healthier. Junk food and fast food may seem like a quick fix to hunger since you can just grab something to go, wolf it down and be back to work quickly. However, a constant diet of junk is bad for your health and your productivity. According to some studies, eating balanced meals help increase concentration, and the chemicals found in foods like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower improve memory and retention. Just making a few small changes to your diet, like eating brown rice instead of white rice or wheat bread instead of white can give you more energy and get you ready to tackle your projects. 

For three more tips, check out my source here.

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