Friday, November 10, 2006

Protecting Your Number One Asset as a Home Business Owner

As a home business owner you have many assets - Your expertise, your client base, your website, your product, your brand, etc....

But what is your number one asset?

It is, of course, your health! Without good health, your expertise, your client base, your website, your product, your brand, etc... will all suffer.

You need good health to be able to function effectively, be creative, productive, and to have enough energy to see home business projects through.

However, it is all too easy to neglect your health when running your own home business. Client demands, business commitments, family life, deadlines, website maintenence, product creation, and about a thousand other things all compete for your time and attention.

You feel you can’t justify regular breaks during the day or exercise because work is piling up! You stay up later and get up earlier in order to stay on top of things. Perhaps you’re not even sleeping as well as you used to.

Did you cancel your night out with friends because you simply didn’t have the time or energy? How about weekends, is business taking over your Saturday's and Sunday's? Are you grabbing fast food on the run just to save some time?

If any of these questions describe you, it’s time to take action. There’s no need to make drastic changes right away. Start by making small changes in your daily routine.

Take regular 15 minute breaks from your home business throughout the day for a quick stroll outside, or for sitting quietly doing absolutely nothing. Instead of this wasting time, it's actually going to be saving time because when you get back to work you’ll be so much more efficient and productive.

Exercising regularly will enhance your energy levels and general health immensely. It doesn’t even have to be working out at the gym or running. Thirty minutes of walking a day will greatly improve your sense of well-being.

Make sure you’re getting at least 7 to 8 hours of good sleep a night. Reduce the amount of caffeine you drink later in the day so that you’re sleeping more soundly.

Staying connected to your friends and family is essential for balance. Schedule time out to have some fun with friends and to spend time with your family. Don’t let your hobbies and other interests slide because of your home business. If you like reading, relax and read books that aren’t related to business!

Make a commitment to yourself not to turn your computer on at all, not to go into your office, or even think about business on at least one day of the weekend!

Eat healthy, balanced, nutritious food and drink plenty of water... It's vital to your health. The time you invest in making the right food choices and preparing healthy meals will pay off in dividends.

Putting just some of these tips into action over the next few weeks will definitely help in protecting your number one home business asset. You'll be feeling the benefits! Take that 15 minute break now, you deserve it!

You may think you can't live without your home business but the truth is that your home business cannot exist without you!

Stay healthy and your home business will thrive.

Written by Trent Brownrigg

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