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3 R’s of Entrepreneurship – Rest, Relax & Rejuvenate

By Catherine Rocheleau on Dec 31 2011 • Filed under Business

3 R's of Entrepreneurship: Rest, Relax & Rejuvenate (Photo)With the holidays upon us, our minds are more open to the idea of taking time away from work to spend time with friends and family. For most entrepreneurs this is not a regular component of their daily lives. Long workdays, never-ending ‘to do’ lists, and pressing deadlines usually result in family and friends falling down the priority list.

As an entrepreneur, having a more flexible work schedule was probably one of your desired items, particularly if you came from a very structured corporate job. If this was high on the desire list, why has it fallen down the priority list now?

The 3 R’s of entrepreneurship are Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation. Each component is vital if you want to remain a creative, productive entrepreneur and a great leader of your business. There are various ways you can include each “R” into your daily routine.

1. Get A Good Night’s Sleep

This is one of the most challenging aspects of most people’s lives, especially when you are an entrepreneur. Many entrepreneurs will work late and get up early, only to repeat this cycle of burning the candle at both ends over and over.

As an entrepreneur, your brain is active creating new processes, creating and innovating. This is possible only when you are able to rejuvenate at night. A lack of adequate sleep has been shown by researchers to affect your memory, mood, motivation, judgment, and your perception of events. It also impacts your ability to learn new tasks.

Consider setting a regular daily sleep routine with set times to rest and rise. Sunshine (when possible) during the day also helps.


 2. Take Frequent Breaks


Some refer to this approach as the Pomodoro Approach. Before you start a task, set a timer for 25 minutes. When the timer rings, get up from your desk (or away from what you were doing), and take a 5 minute break. Repeat this cycle three more times but take a 25 minute break after the 4th cycle.

Taking frequent breaks gives your eyes, brain and body a break, allows you to stretch and change your position. Use the mini breaks to get some water so you stay well hydrated. Take a walk around the block for some fresh air and exercise during longer break.

Each break will allow you to rest the brain cells, and help you relax.

3. Play Hard

To be a successful entrepreneur, you work hard. It is equally as important that you play hard. Schedule at least one day per week where you totally unplug. Stay away from your computer (and smart phone), schedule time with family and friends or alone time activities that you love to do. Curl up with a good book, play a round of golf, go for a walk or hike, spend time with a significant other, play with your kids or meet a friend for tea. Whatever it is, ensure it’s something you really enjoy (save the housework for another day!)

Don’t forget to schedule a holiday each year. If a week away seems too long, initially start with a four-day weekend and build up to a week away. Then aim for two weeks a year!

No matter what options you choose, include the 3 R’s in your daily routines to improve your brain power, gain productivity and efficiencies! Preschedule your R3 time and use good time management techniques to honour these timeslots. Your business will thank you!

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." ~ John Lubbock

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