As entrepreneurs, we are constantly thinking of ways to grow.
But really, at the end of the day, being an entrepreneur can definitely lead to feeling overworked and overwhelmed.
Trust me; I’ve been there.
Here’s the catch: when you are overworked and overwhelmed, you may think you’re getting a lot done, but that’s just your overwhelmed brain playing a trick on you.
You’ll do a much better job of running your business when you’re calm, well-rested, and not scattered-brained.
That’s why entrepreneurs need to learn how to shut up shop.
That’s right, I said it.
I know your mind is your baby, and your baby works for your other baby, which is your business, but sometimes you need to take a rest— for the good of your business.
A well-rested you is a better entrepreneur than a tired one…
…. so you need to know how to get your mind state away from work and get that rest you so badly need and deserve.
That’s why, in today’s episode, I’ll be telling you how to do just that. Let’s get started!
1. Close Out Your Day
My first tip for you is to close out your day.
This is probably the most problematic habit for an entrepreneur to get into.
I know that because it was tough for me as well.
I think it’s so difficult for us to close our day because we have no idea when our days are supposed to end. But if you don’t close out your day, your body will close out your day for you, and it will do it in a way that will affect all your future days.
So deciding that you aren’t going to work past so and so time is taking matters into your hands and preventing your body from doing it for you.
One way to psychologically prepare for closing out your day is by reviewing the amount of work you’ve done throughout the day.
This will help you realize that you have accomplished a lot and have earned that rest while you may not be done yet.
You should also try to write down all your thoughts after each day. This includes every pressing task and everything you want to get done in the future.
That way, you know that even when you’re closing your day, you’re setting yourself up for a great start to the next day.
2. Always Write Things Down & Get Them Out of Your Mind
Get a tiny notebook where you can write down all the tiny things you have to remember and get your mind to focus on other stuff.
Instead of looking at it as a to-do list, look at it as a book of random tasks that you have to accomplish.
The main goal of the notebook is to help you remember the little things your brain may have been bogged down with remembering…
… and it is also to help you prioritize tasks.
Once the tasks are out of your mind and into your notebook, it frees your mind up and allows you to deal with more important tasks without stressing about forgetting something.
If you feel like you’re missing or forgetting something, you can simply glance through the book, and you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for— and you may even find what you didn’t know you’d forgotten.
3. Get Rid Of That To-Do List
Now about that to-do list…
I used to love to-do lists.
And you probably love them too, that’s why this third tip is so important.
However, one downside of to-do lists is that they are stressful.
At the beginning of the day, we usually overestimate how much we can get done.
Typically what happens is when it’s time to shut down for the night…
.. you’re feeling exhausted, look at your list, and you get disappointed.
If you do manage to complete the to-do list, you’ll go to bed too tired, and if you do it so many times, you’ll wake up feeling tired too— and that will ultimately cascade into an avalanche of lowered productivity.
So, what’s the solution?
Well, I learned about this new track from Michael Hyatt.
This technique is tested and trusted, and I promise you, this alone will increase your productivity and make it easier for you to shut down your brain when you need to.
When I started this, it took a bit for me to get into the habit too, but truly I cannot express more how this one tip changed my business.
Click on today’s episode to find out more!