“Treat your body like you treat your business,” said Mike Figliuolo, “The financial notion of ‘pay yourself first’ dictates that you sock away retirement savings before spending on other things. The same principle applies to your health and well being as a leader.”
Mike Figliuolo had a heart attack at age 43. He didn’t have time for exercise or healthy eating as an entrepreneur. He had to make the next meeting! But he learned the hard way that if you don’t make the time to take care of your body, it will take care of you. With his newfound sense of responsibility, he has three tips for entrepreneurs on balancing life and work:
Create a schedule.
Figliulo suggests scheduling appointments with yourself for quick workouts at least three times a week. Taking 30 minutes out of your day for a brisk walk or a run on the treadmill can relieve stress and greatly improve your health. Do the same for meals. Pack something for breakfast and lunch and carve out 30 minutes to eat at your desk. Don’t fall victim to the convenience of fast food between meetings. If you don’t schedule the time, you won’t make the time, and you’ll end up losing time you wish you had.
Review your metrics.
You manage your business with clear metrics you review and monitor, why not do the same with your health? Check your cholesterol. Monitor your weight. Know your personal risk factors. Track the changes in these over time and motivate yourself with the improvements.
Before you start tracking your progress, set a few goals for yourself. Make them specific, measurable and attainable. Give yourself a realistic amount of time to meet your set goals—don’t set out to lose 20 lbs in one month.
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