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An entrepreneur's journey is a constant discovery from learning how to manage teams to using social media, and from implementing new and innovative marketing strategies to learning to scale. It is never easy.
Entrepreneurs have to take calculated risks every day, especially in the Covid 19 world, where everything has been turned upside down. Businesses and individuals had to turn to stay one step ahead of the game.
As the winds of change blow stronger than ever, it is important that we set our entrepreneurial sails and be able to navigate the treacherous waters ahead. That is why evergreen concepts such as leadership, sales, marketing and productivity are so valuable.
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If you read almost every book or course on productivity, you will find a whole host of tips, strategies, and tactics, many of which are incredibly powerful, but often overlook health. According to a study by Brigham Young University, employees with unhealthy diets are 66 percent more likely to suffer from loss of productivity. In addition, people will experience stress in 2020 and the need for a more holistic approach to productivity can be easily recognized.
Holistic productivity consists of five areas: nutrition, sleep, fitness, breathing and meditation.
This is very close to my heart (in the truest sense of the word). Like many entrepreneurs in their early days, I survived with ramen, tacos, grilled meat and regular trips to restaurants in the area. Building my business was my top priority, so eating wasn't even on my radar. For lack of a better word, I was a typical guy. Then I met my wife and everything changed, especially my diet. My wife made sure I ate a balanced meal. different types of vegetables for dinner and in a few years my colds disappeared. I have been prone to colds for the first 35 years of my life, but have been free of colds for the past 11 years. Eating makes a difference.
Another aspect of our diet is water. Dehydration leads to irritability, increased stress, difficulty concentrating, impaired cognitive functions and much more. Bad news for the coffee lovers out there, caffeine is a no-no when it comes to excellence. Instead, according to the National Academies of Sciences, we need to strengthen our system with 3.7 liters of water a day for men and 2.7 liters of water for women.
Snack: Eat healthier and provide more moisture.
Arianna Huffington believes in the importance of sleep. She wrote an entire book on the subject. She doesn't seem to be alone as more and more fitness experts talk about the need for a good night's sleep, which consists of 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Sleep not only charges our batteries but also releases important chemicals into the bloodstream that are needed for cell rejuvenation.
Snack: Sleep 7-8 hours a night.
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The F-word of productivity. Few people like to go to the gym for an hour, jog around the block, or do five pull-ups. Those who hate exercising will rely on the excuse of "I'm too tired" or "I'm too busy" as their card with no exit from prison, but we all know the truth – they're too lazy to to do it.
No one-hour training is required for fitness. It only requires regular training. High-performance trainer Brendon Burchard speaks over 20 minutes a day, five days a week. The goal should be to make it apologetic. It is not as difficult as you do, but that you do it. 10 minutes of yoga or stretching plus 10 push-ups followed by 2 minutes of planking are sufficient. Nothing more. Find something that works for you and stick with it.
Snack: Create a simple, easy-to-do exercise routine.
Tony Robbins has been talking about the power of physiology over our emotional state for over 30 years and for good reason – it works. Breathing is an area that we are only just beginning to understand. It enables us to quickly change from one state to another. With concentrated breathing, we can induce a state of calm, increase our oxygen levels and give ourselves an energy surge, or even reduce the amount of pain that we simply experience through breathing.
Snack: By breathing we can control our condition.
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Determined focus enables us to exploit our potential. Thanks to our popular smartphone and social media platforms, we are more distracted than ever. We are addicted to the dopamine hits we get from them. Apple, Google, Nike, AOL Time Warner, Deutsche Bank and Proctor & Gamble are just a few of the companies that promote meditation in the workplace. Studies have shown that meditation can change the way our brain processes information and reduce the effects of stress, anxiety, and even depression.
Takeaway: In a world of distraction, the focus is a superpower.