Being my own boss has its perks. Working from my own home studio definitely has its perks. Taking some time off to workout and stay healthy is harder. To make it simple, each advantages you can find in being an entrepreneur has its downsides.
In your mind, you’re probably thinking ‘I can work in pjs nobody sees me’. The reality states: Skype interviews, daily hellos to the postman and impromptu business meetings. You might also imagine ‘Working without a boss is amazing, I don’t have any annoying colleagues either, I’m loving this.’ The reality means: a tons of projects to finish and days without seeing your friends or family. (If you need me to crash your dreams, just call me)
Stay In Shape
When it comes to working out, it’s exactly the same. When I first created my business I thought, quite naively, that I would have so much time for myself I could work out, cook 3 meals a day and still go out at night. I was so wrong it’s almost laughable. I work 6 days a week —I’m writing this post on a Saturday at 11:44am, and 8 hours a day. The only way I’m not crawling under tons of work, tears and gray hair is because I’m planning my days like a proper business woman.
From 8am to 9am: My alarm goes off at 8 every morning and I eat breakfast right after. I’m usually having some muesli and fruits. I then read my mails and moderate the comments I had on the blog during the night (timezones while running a business is hard).
From 9am to 10am: I work out. I have an exercise bike and usually train for 30min. After that I do a series of squats, pushups and a bit of yoga to cool down. I’m in the shower around 9:45am.
From 10am to 12pm: I work on the blog, either by planning posts, writing some, contacting people and so on.
Every single day I at least take an hour break. I need it to clear my head, eat healthy and just enjoy some time off. I’m a designer and run a blog, without any surprise I spend most of my days sitting at my desk. To stay in shape, working out won’t do it all. I try to eat vegetables twice a day, and I alternate vegan meals, fish and meat. Today it almost seems shameful to eat meat but I’m French, I was raised with red wine, brie and cold meats and let’s say it’s hard to get rid of traditions. As long as I’m healthy it’s all that matters in my opinion. Most of the time, I eat a main course, a bit of cheese and some desert, either composed of fruits or a yogurt.
Back to work, I usually don’t stop from 1pm to 7pm. I won’t go into too much details but the afternoon is reserved for photoshoots, printing and proper creativity. I work simultaneously on Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, either for professional projects or montages for the blog. I also take care of the shop, the orders and the boring financial parts of working solo. If I have to go out for groceries and to post some packages, I usually go out around 3pm.
Snacking And Drinking
Every day around 4, it’s tea time for me! I stop working, take 30min off and eat a fruit or some chocolate. Another essential to stay in shape while working is to drink a lot. When you’re absorbed in your thoughts, it can be quite the hardship to think about drinking, this is why I always have a jar filled with water on my workspace. This is the key I’m telling you.
All in all, to stay in shape while working from home, you have to take breaks. Seriously, I’m not even kidding, otherwise you’re going to kill yourself. Even if it’s for a walk around your flat: please get up, move your muscles and deep breath. Drink a lot of water, eat enough to have energy throughout the day and plan your day to make sure you’re not overworking.
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