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How do you take care of your company's most important resource – yourself?

How good are you really at taking care of the company's most important resource?

Working solo has its ups and downs - some parts are tougher than others. Lots of solo entrepreneurs stress too much and forget to take care of themselves. This is easily done when you are alone with all the responsibilities. But I have to keep ranting about the importance of having fun at work as a solo entrepreneur.

Take this idea seriously now and use these tips to prevent yourself from working yourself into an early grave.

1. Make sure to take more breaks during the day. Treat yourself to a real lunch break, for example. Those who work alone eat far too often at their desk while they work. Get out. Take a lunchtime stroll. Do something that has nothing to do with work and that will take your mind of everything you do at work. Every day? Yes, every day!

2. Clean up all the old rubbish - both on your desk and in the office. Nothing is quite as
frustrating as looking for things you can't find. There are lots of things you can do in order to work much more effectively. Do them now!

3. Listen to music. When did you last sit down to relax and listen to your favorite music? You know what happens – you'll get a great feeling that gives you new productive energy.

4. Call a friend - for a solo entrepreneur it's easy to get stuck thinking about the business 24/7 and it's good to meet someone who doesn't care for your company like you do and who can give you a reason to think – and talk – about other things. Gossip and other fun subjects give you energy, so don't be afraid kick back a little. Lunch breaks are perfect for letting your hair down.

5. Business life takes its toll and sometimes it just gets to be a bit too much. You need to stop for awhile and think about your situation. You may feel overwhelmed at times by stress and all your problems, but perhaps the situation isn't so bad after all. You still have quite a lot to be thankful for, right?

6. Stop trying to do things. You either do them or you don't. Plan for something fun to do. You have to permit yourself to have some fun. Life is not all about work.

The result is obvious - when you take care of yourself you also take care of your business.
No doubt about it!

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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