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How to get more energy as sole proprietor

Yesterday afternoon I said; ”OK, today I don't care about the rough weather and the rain, I'm going to go ride my motorcycle anyway!”

Great! (or what can you say about the new climate?) But I never got to take that ride. The alarm on the bike had completely drained the battery and since there is no kick start and everything suddenly became so complicated, I went back home again.

And then I thought of you. How about your battery? You do know that it's incredibly important for you as sole proprietor to take care of yourself, don't you? It's all up to you!

Today you'll get some quick tips on how you can recharge your batteries:

1. Take a walk, start exercising at the gym
Physical activity gives you rewards in a lot of different ways. The body releases endorphins, you know that already. You also know that you will get more energy if you take the time to start exercising, so why don't you do it more often? Sometimes I find it boring, but I still work out because I know it's good for my health. Without good health I will not function properly and as a direct result, neither will my company. And after awhile it's actually quite fun to work out. Why do I keep nagging about this when it seems so obvious that you should take good care of your health? Well, I saw a study that said that more than half of all business owners literally never exercise. Are you one of them?

NOTE: New Year's Resolutions are just talk. Start exercising today – you don't have to wait until New Year's eve!

2. Clean up and clear out
Nothing is more frustrating than looking for things in piles of other stuff. It will drain your battery to turn everything on your desk up side down to finally find the note with that important number on.

3. Call a friend
As a solo entrepreneur, work never ends. To still decide that ”I'm taking a break” is therefor good for productivity. Otherwise you'll be tired and notice that you may just be wasting a lot of time on the internet without getting any new energy. Call a friend, have coffee or eat lunch, talk a little and take that break.

4. Listen to music
Seriously - when was the last time you listened to music without doing anything else? Wow, what a great source of energy it is to listen to your favorite music really loud. Close your eyes and listen carefully to the music, the lyrics and let go of your thoughts when you hear the song. 15 minutes later you will be a new person.

5. Do something fun
The definition of fun is different for different people. For me, it's about enjoying a nice new episode of the sitcom “Scrubs” or riding my motorcycle (when the battery works, that is!)

Homework assignment: Do one or more of these things today and make yourself realize that it's a necessary investment for keeping your solo business career alive and well.

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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