January is one of the months of the year that records the highest rate of sick leaves. The reason is simple; after the Christmas break, your mind and body are not prepared for the hectic and harsh work environment. If you want to make it through the month — and the rest of the year — without exhausting yourself physically or emotionally, you need to create positive and healthy habits in your work routine. Establishing a work ethic that protects your health is not only a matter of self-preservation. It is also the secret of long-lasting successful businesses. There is no way you can sustain high performance and presence when your work drains your energy.

These are the top four changes you need to make for a productive business year

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No long working hours

When you’re an entrepreneur, it is easy to fall into the trap of long working days. Your time is money, and you might feel guilty at the idea of spending quality time outside of the office. However, long working days do not boost your productivity or performance. On the contrary, not only are they nervously tiring, but they also affect your sleep patterns. If you are going to put your health first, you need to introduce a healthy sleeping routine, which means that you need to turn your evening into a relaxing time rather than a caffeinated work journey. Let go of your work worries and your smartphone in the evening, so that you can rest at night.

Don’t be afraid to rely on others

Why should you do everything alone? There’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help. Something as simple as signing up for virtual services can ensure you’ve got someone who can answer your business calls when you’re busy. More importantly, a receptionist will ensure you don’t get interrupted or don’t miss any opportunities so that you can relax on your work while the magic happens!

Stop giving 100%

Where does the idea come that you need to give 100% of yourself to achieve any result? While there is no denying that you should commit to your day-to-day work, if you want your business to be a success, it doesn’t mean you should give everything you’ve got every single day. Instead of exhausting yourself, you need to work smartly. Indeed, in the long term, the 100% approach is only going to lead to rapid and devastating burnout. Instead, you need to follow the Pareto Principle, 80% of your output comes from 20% of your input.

Take the time to check your feelings

There’s no such thing as leaving your feelings at the door when you go to work. You are a human being and as such you are going to experience a variety of emotions throughout the day. Don’t shut them down or ignore them. On the contrary, try to identify your feelings. This exercise will help you to tune in with what you’re feeling, which, in turn, ensures you can react before it’s too late. Dismissing unhappy feelings are the first cause of depression.

In 2020, it’s time to make your business success all about you and your health. Your role as an entrepreneur is to transform your motivation and creativity into success, not to exhaust yourself in the process. Healthy entrepreneurs run healthy businesses.

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