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A quick Google search reveals the top five, ten, or even 33 things all successful entrepreneurs do every day. They can range from common sense (keeping a schedule) to highly subjective (knowing your strengths).
If you feel the weight of being successful, you are not alone.according to US Census Bureau, 5.4 million new business applications in 2021; this is an increase of 1 million from the previous year and a record high.If you want your business to be 10% success, you have to crack the code. Managing just one of the daily must-do things—health—can help you do just that.
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Why is health important to entrepreneurs?
Most entrepreneurs, especially new ones, believe that success means sacrificing everything. This is far from the truth. Business success is rooted in self-care.One 2018 Mayo Clinic Study It was revealed that only 27% of CEOs engage in any type of physical activity, while 90% struggle with work-life balance. People who worked more than 55 hours a week were 16 percent more likely to have heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. CEOs are also twice as likely to suffer from depression as the general public, which may be related to working more than 55 hours a week and getting no more than 6.7 hours of sleep a night.
Before you write it off “as is”, consider the risks to your business. Lack of sleep can negatively impact your ability to concentrate, make decisions and even remember basic information – how many times a day do you forget the same password? At the end of the day, if you don’t put your health first, you’re putting yourself and your business at risk.
As the co-founder and CEO of several thriving health-focused companies, I’ve committed my due health violations. I know from experience that achieving work-life balance while pursuing the 33 must-dos is a pipe dream. I also learned that the mental, emotional, and physical health of an entrepreneur is the foundation of success. If you don’t take care of you, you can’t take care of the business. That’s why it’s time to make specific recommendations that go beyond advice in order to get organized or persevere.
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Connect your health and productivity apps to reduce wasted time
We live in a mobile-first world where thoughtful use of your phone is critical to success.Look at it another way: the average person spends nearly five hours a day on their mobile device. This equates to 1,825 hours, just over 76 days, or 21% of a year. This is mostly due to app usage, but at the same time, apps are proven to help with health and productivity.One Studying at New York University Reveals positive short- and long-term trends in the health of app users, including helping users hone their attention to detail, at least when it comes to their health.
Reduce wasted time by consolidating the number of apps you use for health and productivity. Working on an app for meditation, calm and sleep. Likewise, for tracking exercise, water intake and food consumption.
Can’t give up your application? Choose those that share information with each other. Many health and productivity apps are designed to connect to other apps and the phone’s native apps. Making these connections can reduce the need to re-enter information. It also reduces the time you spend on your mobile device, freeing up time for your business.
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Participate in telehealth and do it more frequently
Entrepreneurs are notorious for inaction with health issues. Before the pandemic — and before telemedicine became widespread — UC Unpublished Research 72% of entrepreneurs were found to self-report mental health symptoms of depression, ADHD, substance abuse, and underlying bipolar disorder. The finding is significant because national estimates suggest that 19 percent of the general population suffers from mental health problems, which makes the proportion of entrepreneurs at risk too high to simply ignore. However, this is what most entrepreneurs seem to do with mental health and general health. We focus on getting the job done, not keeping ourselves in work order. This may be partly due to medical-related time loss.
With the widespread adoption of telemedicine, most of these time-loss factors have disappeared. It is now possible to attend medical appointments without leaving the office. As such, technology removes many barriers and every excuse for entrepreneurs to stay in touch with medical and mental health professionals.
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combine and conquer
You’ve heard the phrase “divide and conquer,” but when it comes to health tech, it’s better to combine and conquer. There’s now technology that puts your health data at your fingertips, allowing you to track your lab work, X-rays, and doctor’s notes just like you track business metrics. What’s more, technology is on the horizon that can combine your data with insights and prompts for doctor visits so you know when to slow down the freight train.
My own company, Vasa Health, is building healthcare applications designed to simplify and bring meaning to health and wellness, while giving patients more control over their healthcare through insights and comprehensive access to their health data and information. Our vision is for patients to download their latest lab work results and flag items for follow-up. Everything is for simplicity. It might give you some ideas for combinations and conquests elsewhere, like buying a software technology that tracks your income, expenses and helps with taxes.
This ideal — that vision — came from a business owner who slept three hours a night for a month, skipped the gym, and ate fast-food cheeseburgers instead of cooking at home too many times in pursuit of success. At the end of the day, using the right technology simplifies Your approach to health is the most important thing you can do for success.