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How to Prioritize Yourself as a Small Business Owner

How to Prioritize Yourself as a Small Business Owner

As a wildly successful business owner or entrepreneur, it’s all too easy to get carried away with your own success. You’ve put everything you have– blood, sweat and tears– into your fledgeling business and thanks to your perseverance, it’s paid off. You deserve your success!

Focusing on your business is expected, but neglecting your own physical, mental, and fiscal health could have an inadvertent impact on your business achievements. If you’re tired, making yourself unwell, and neglecting yourself, then how can you be expected to maintain the same levels of dedication you’ve already given to your company?

Looking after yourself and taking time to focus on your personal needs is an investment in yourself and your business. Here we’ll explore how to prioritize yourself as a small business owner.

Put Something Away for Your Future

As a business owner, your finances are probably in the here and now. However, it’s important that you look ahead and focus on your retirement. You love being your own boss and you’ve only just begun your career, the last thing on your mind is your retirement, however, the earlier you begin to save and plan for your golden years, the more prepared you’ll be. Check out this site to find out more about personal pensions.

Opening a personal pension account means you won’t be relying on your state and previous workplace pension contributions to get by once you reach retirement age. This gives you the confidence to plan and finance your retirement plans, whether that involves sitting on a beach somewhere tropical, running your business as normal, or both!

Make “Me-Time” Part of Your Working Day

One of the best things about being your own boss is that your time is your own, and you’re in charge of your own schedule. So, why do so many entrepreneurs neglect to include some personal time in their working day? Whether it’s taking time to write down your feelings, hitting the golf course, gaming, hiking or sitting in your favorite coffee shop, always include time to pursue your interests and enjoy something that isn’t work-related.

Remember to Move Your Body

Whether you’re a CEO or an employee, sitting behind a desk all day isn’t great for your health. Therefore, getting in some exercise is the perfect tonic for aching muscles, stress relief, and keeping your cardiovascular system healthy. Try to find an exercise that fits into your working schedule; that could be an exercise bike in your office, taking the stairs, hitting the gym before work or enjoying some yoga or Pilates as a way to unwind. Exercise is great for your mental health too, boosting your mood, and improving your cognitive functions.

Remember to Say “NO”

You might be an entrepreneurial go-getter, but that doesn’t mean that you should say “Yes” to every business proposal, task, meeting, or assignment that comes your way. Saying no allows you to take better control of your working day and pay more attention to the tasks that will propel your business forward.

Final Thoughts

Looking after yourself means having more energy and the right mindset to do what you do best! Follow the steps above to make a positive start and put yourself first.

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by Lottie Pritchard // Lottie Pritchard is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

Opinions expressed by contributors are their own.