In this day and age, there are certain connotations associated with being a “boss” who can do it all alone. We often read stories about people who work between sixteen and eighteen hours a day to provide their customers with the best possible experience, but often, the story omits to mention that this person has a very limited social life and that they are chronically sleep deficient. The idea of doing everything yourself may seem appealing or may make you feel like you are productive and “have it together”, but it’s important to pay attention to the cost that this may have on your mental and physical health, as well as on your personal life.
Sleep Is Underrated
Although there have been some mentions of sleep being “for the weak”, or being something that one can skimp out on for the sake of productivity, sleep is the number one thing that cannot be neglected. We all know that sleep is important: it affects our cognitive capacity, influences how strong our immune system is (which is even more important at the moment!), and has the power to determine our mood. In fact, you will know that when you have too little sleep, you feel groggy, perhaps even short-tempered, and may have some brain fog. You sit in front of your computer screen and forget what you were going to write, or you reach a point where you can’t be bothered to look at your email (or worse– get anxious every time a new email comes in). At the end of the day, you can’t skip sleeping enough. It’s the very basis for a healthy mind and body. Of course, we may have late nights here and there, but your work shouldn’t hold you back from sleep. You may also feel that you are approaching a breakdown, or that you just cannot for the life of you find the motivation to work at all.
Don’t Let Your Health Deteriorate
So, what does that have to do with outsourcing, you ask? It’s simple: if you have too much on your plate, don’t try to save pennies by doing it all on your own. The same way sleep is underrated, physical activity is needed to stay healthy. If your back hurts, your wrists hurt or you are getting neck pains from being on your computer all day, incorporate muscle workouts daily. This can be as simple as a few resistance band exercises in the morning, or going on a quick run. If you feel that you don’t have the time to do so, it’s time to delegate some tasks to someone else.
At the end of the day, your body is all you truly have. If you fall sick because of a lack of sleep, or if you mess up your wrists and back because you do not give your body the time to build muscles to keep it going, you won’t be able to work a single hour in the day. So, don’t skip exercise, and don’t sleep four hours a night. Instead, get help! It’ll benefit both you and your business as you improve your productivity and avoid setbacks attributable to overworking yourself.
Well, aren’t I a little ray of sunshine! I can’t leave you on that down note, so here’s something to help you smile.