A good solopreneurial venture, or side hustle, requires a lot of different components to slot into place in the right way, in order to be optimally successful.
In fact, there is so much that you could occupy yourself with focusing on, that it might seem virtually impossible to know where to start.
Depending on the nature of your business or hustle, you may need an in-depth knowledge of Bitcoin mining facts, legal jurisprudence, or the intricacies of forex trading.
One thing that every kind of solopreneurial venture will require, however, will be consistent productivity. Although people often don’t think about it in these terms, consistent productivity has a lot to do with health, routine, and sensible lifestyle decisions overall.
Here are a few ways to adjust your lifestyle to safeguard your productivity at work.
Don’t become overly dependent on stimulants
Stimulants are a category of drugs, including caffeine and nicotine, which, among other things, increase alertness and wakefulness and are often abused for their ability to seemingly provide “energy from nowhere”.
In today’s world, stimulants are heavily abused by a huge proportion of society; many people are simply incapable of making it through a single day of work without large doses of coffee at regular intervals.
The issue is that stimulants absolutely do not provide “energy from nowhere”, or “free energy”. Rather, they work, in part, by severely ramping up the body’s production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
Through various physical processes, these hormones create a sense of wakefulness, but if chronically high, they take a strong toll on the body. Many diseases, including thyroid conditions and adrenal fatigue, are linked to stress hormone issues.
If you depend heavily on stimulants, you are chronically stressing and taxing your body. Your sleep quality will deteriorate, your energy levels will be less consistent, and you will be more susceptible to burn out.
To safeguard your productivity at work over the long term, do not rely on stimulants.
Eat a diet that leaves you feeling full and happy
There are many different competing diet philosophies out there, and whether you choose to subscribe to any particular diet is your own choice.
What you should be careful to do, however, is to listen to your body, and eat in a way that consistently makes you feel full, satisfied, and happy.
Improper nutrition will enhance your body’s stress response. It will also make it harder to focus, make you more resentful of your work, and lead to fluctuating blood sugar — and therefore energy — levels.
Maintain a regular schedule, with regular habits
When it comes to being consistently productive at work, particularly when you’re working from home and need to be a real self-starter, routine and ritual are some of your best friends.
A regular waking and bedtime will help to keep you rested. A regular “clocking in”, and “clocking out” time will help to drive a sense of urgency during the day, and maintain a proper divide for optimal work-life balance.
Finally, positive habits — developed slowly and bit-by-bit, will help to automate the processes involved in productivity, making it easier to get to work even if you’re having a bad day.