What’s an entrepreneur’s day like?
Every entrepreneur is different. So is every day in the life of an entrepreneur. Everyone has their own perspective of how they go about utilising their day.
Different entrepreneurs will do different things each morning. They might choose to exercise, record a vlog, reply to emails, get their kids ready for school or meditate among other things. No matter what they do, entrepreneurs will start their day with a ritual to get them motivated for the day.
Entrepreneurs place a lot of value on having a structured start for the day. Here are a few reasons why morning routines are important to entrepreneurs.
- It improves your self-discipline- waking up at the same time everyday forms a great foundation for the rest of the day. Re-enforcing discipline at the beginning of each new day helps you find more discipline in other areas of your life such as health, mental focus and diet.
- Having a morning routine also gives business owners time to be alone. The rest of the day might be filled with meetings, phone calls and emails. Waking up early gives an entrepreneur the chance to catch up on the things that matter to them maybe having breakfast with their children, morning exercise or a meditation session.
- Morning routines also give momentum to the rest of the day. Starting the day on the right foot automatically makes you more productive.
- Routines also create normalcy. Sometimes, spontaneity can be joyful, but to be efficient, you have to establish some normalcy. Having a routine means you wake up knowing exactly what you will do next. You don’t even have to think about it. Working on autopilot eases your cognitive burden. it is not advisable to lead your life on autopilot, but your mornings need to have a solid structure to set a good pace for the rest of the day.
Like the rest of us, entrepreneurs have twenty-four hours to work with each day. Entrepreneurs start with an early and structured morning, followed by a jam-packed day in which they have to wear several different huts from sales to spokesperson to human resource.
Every day is different. One day might be spent traveling from one place to another to meet different clients while the next day is spent in the office conducting meetings, responding to emails, making calls or perhaps interviewing for new staff.
Most entrepreneurs prefer to start with the most important tasks in the morning. Every business owner has a list of things they hope to accomplish each day. Some are more important than others. Starting off with the most important task comes with its own set of benefits
- First of all, our willpower and decision-making abilities are usually at peak in the morning and get depleted as the day progresses. Working on important task in the morning means you won’t have to deal with them later on when you have lesser mental energy.
- Tackling important tasks can be challenging, but if you deal with them before other tasks, you will find it much easier to deal with the rest of your everyday jobs. Knowing that you are done with the most difficult part of the day also build up your confidence and creates momentum that will propel you through the rest of the day.
- Crossing off an important task in your to do list is one of the most satisfactory thing you will do in the day. As Theodore Isaac Rubin said, happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. Dealing with your most challenging tasks first is the best productivity hack ever.
An entrepreneur’s day is not just about their business. They also have to create time for their family and friends. How do they do this?
Well, achieving a balance between work and family can be a daunting task. You have to make the decision to do so.
Once you’ve made the decision, you need to start seeking the opinion of your spouse and children. Knowing what they think about you and your business will open your eyes to ways you can make yourself better. Letting your family know about your obligations at work will also ensure that there is more understanding on their part.
Another way that entrepreneurs establish work life balance is by establishing clear boundaries between family and work. Boundaries hold the line to protect your involvement with your family from your work obligations. They make it easier to know when your actions are detrimental to one aspect of your life.
There will be times when it is practically impossible for you to achieve this balance. There are times when you will be forced to take time off work to for example take care of an ailing family member.
There is no easy way out. Each entrepreneur and their family have to find something that works for them. Most entrepreneurs, and successful people in general find time within the day do grow themselves through such activities as reading. The reading material could be anything, a newspaper, novel, business journal, etc. Due to the many hours entrepreneurs have to invest in their businesses, they need to stay highly motivated. Being passionate and loving what they do is what keeps entrepreneurs going day after day.
Entrepreneurship is not a 9-5 job. Entrepreneurs rarely have defined schedules and in this age where entrepreneurship is frequently idealized, it is still not clear what the day-to-day activities of a modern CEO look like. Each person is different and so are their schedules.
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