Taking care of business by taking care of you
Taking care of your body is taking care of your business. When it comes to being productive at work, you need more than just a clever brain and a positive attitude. You need to prioritise your own health and make sure all the clogs are working in your body so that you can be the best you can at work.
You need to have balance and look at your life in the bigger picture to make sure you’re holistically nurturing your life – business and all. Some of these areas include what you eat, how much sleep you’re getting, having friends and meaningful relationship relationships, switching off and having social time, getting enough exercise and having a supportive community.
What you eat
Eating healthy is healthy for your business as well as yourself. In order to produce quality output, you need to make sure you’re giving yourself the right fuel. Affecting more than just what you weigh and how you feel, what you put into your body affects how you work and the quality of your work. When wanting the best for your business, you also need to want the best for your body, and that starts with what you put it in.
When you have deadlines, want to get a project out the door or are just pushing to get ahead of the game, sleep can often get sacrificed in the way. But it shouldn’t. Not getting enough sleep is detrimental to our productivity. A report from Harvard uncovered that lack of sleep leads to reduced efficiency and productivity, as well as more errors and accidents. On the flip side of that, getting enough sleep means more focus, sharper decision-making, improved memory and accuracy, and increased efficiency. Some times it’s better to put your tools down and get some shuteye than power through.
Having work friendships are essential for far much more than just good times. Friends are work = greater productivity. When people develop meaningful relationships at work, they are happier in the office, and happy workers make better workers. There’s also a sense of camaraderie and trust, which leads to greater calculated risks and collaboration, which is where the great stuff is often created. Generating and nurturing genuine bonds are advantageous to any team, big or small.
Having a social life and making sure to take time to switch off from the working day is an integral part of business. You need to be able to change your mental state from focusing on work tasks to the other aspects of your life, whether that is friends, family, hobbies or ‘you time’. You need time to recharge, refuel and replenish.
More than just impacting how your body looks and feels, exercise has many benefits to almost all aspects of your life, which includes work productivity. Regular exercise gives you more energy throughout your day, which increased your ability to focus, concentrate and be creative. It also has benefits to your mental health and is a preventative measure for illness. Whether you prefer to work out before work or after, just be sure to get that body moving!
A community is a shared place or a group of people who share ideas, interests or attitudes. When it comes to business, a community helps people to connect and collaborate. This often leads to more heads working together to reach goals, solve problems or lend shoulders to lean on when the going gets tough. It is always easier to go further with a support network behind you.