Are You Becoming a Workaholic Scaling Your Business? Here Are Tips to Give Yourself a Well-Needed Break
National Workaholic Day on July 5 marked a day of restoration and rest. Some may find the day honorable, being proud of the work they put into their businesses, while others may admit that they’re burned out. But, unfortunately, overworking yourself can lead to not just frustration but severe health issues, too. A study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that people working 55 or more hours each week expose themselves to a 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared to people following the widely accepted standard of working 35 to 40 hours in a week. The study also found that in 2016, more than 745,000 people died from working long hours that resulted in a stroke or heart disease.
To avoid burning yourself out while building your empire, follow these simple and practical tips to maintain balance and productivity as a powerhouse entrepreneur.
Take short (or long) breaks throughout your schedule
Scheduling breaks throughout your workday can make your focus and productivity more effective. Lifehack reports that a break in between working—as short as 30 minutes—increases your productivity by 13%. But don’t crash with a sugary or unhealthy snack—get up from your desk and take a walk outside. Keep your body active to prevent a sluggish mood.
Charlotte Fritz, Ph.D., an associate professor in industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology at Portland State University in Oregon, said that breaks could improve our moods, overall well-being, and performance capacity, noting “Taking regular intervals helps us to be more resilient when stressors arise, and they function as an intervention to help us deal with the daily grind”.
Establish a wellness routine before starting your day
Your routine could consist of waking up a few hours earlier before your first call to practice meditation or sipping a hot cup of coffee while catching up on the news. Setting a morning routine allows you to refocus every morning and prepare for the day ahead.
Go on vacation
It seems like vacations are underrated nowadays, but they have a significant impact on your cognitive focus when you get back to your office. The American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2018 Work and Well-Being survey reported 68% of working Americans reported positive effects of taking vacation time and having a better mood when they return to work. In addition, 66% reported having more energy after a nice vacation, and 57% reported feeling less stressed and more motivated.
However, the report found that the positive effects only lasted a few days, signifying the importance of having a comprehensive approach to caring for your well-being while working.
It’s essential to put your mental health and wellness first and ensure you meet your needs as a human. Making sure to break up your workdays, create routines, and regularly enjoy relaxing vacations will help you become a better focused, more productive, and happier entrepreneur.