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A Guide For Entrepreneurs On How To Get Better Sleep
After years of working to get ahead, nothing feels better than finally achieving your goal of becoming an entrepreneur. Being your own boss gives you a lot more freedom to live your life on your own terms. At first, it seems like this would make it a lot easier to sleep. As it turns out, however, that isn’t always the case.
Shifting from being an employee to being an entrepreneur not only increases your freedom but it also increases your responsibilities. When everything is riding on your shoulders, it is a lot easier to feel stressed out and anxious. As a business owner, you are responsible for dealing with every aspect of running your company, including coming up with new ideas, generating money to fund those ideas, managing your employees, taking care of your taxes, and countless other day-to-day tasks. It can be quite overwhelming.
If you really want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to fully believe in your abilities. You also need to stay motivated, keeping your eyes on the prize and developing new skills whenever necessary. You should focus on being your best in everything you do, including how you sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is absolutely vital when you are running your own business. Here are some tips to help you get the rest that you need so you can be more effective in your day-to-day life.
1. Know When To Call It A Day
With today’s technology, it is easier than ever to always stay connected. Thanks to devices like smartphones, you have the opportunity to respond to emails and text messages any time of the day or night. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. Even if you are dealing with business associates or clients in another country, it is important to turn off your devices at a specific time each day. Ideally, you should try to have all of your emails sent by dinner time. Anything that comes in after that time can usually be dealt with the following day.
Although this isn’t necessarily feasible for all entrepreneurs, it can make a huge difference in the quality of your sleep. Modern devices give off a blue light that keeps your body from effectively producing melatonin. Looking at your smartphone, playing on your computer, or watching your TV too late in the evening can make it far more difficult to fall asleep. Not only that but dealing with work-related issues in the evening can leave you with an active mind that is hard to shut down. To sleep more soundly, try to avoid using these types of devices for at least an hour before bed. Instead, try reading a book, spending time with your family, taking a bath, or any other activities that you find relaxing and enjoyable.
Gone are the days where meditation was something that was just associated with hippies or free spirits. These days, practically all successful people use some form of meditation to calm their minds. Mindfulness and meditation shift your attention to what is happening around you in the present, which can have a profoundly beneficial effect on both your body and your mind.
Regularly meditating can help you get much better sleep. Through meditation, you can free your mind from clutter, letting go of worries and focusing on what is happening right now in your life instead. Meditation is effective at relaxing your mind no matter what time of the day you do it. Regardless of whether you meditate early in the day or right before bed, it can ease stress and free up your mind, making it easier to sleep at night.
Practicing meditation is a lot easier than you might think. There are plenty of helpful tools online that you can use to get started. A body scan meditation is usually a good option for beginners and can give you an idea of whether or not this practice is right for you.
3. Buy The Best Bed You Can Afford
Chances are, you wouldn’t hesitate to spend a lot of money on a nice new car or a high-quality suit. The same should hold true for your bed. Even though buying a mattress isn’t exactly exciting, it can make a tremendous difference in your overall level of health – check out the reviews of this Metro mattress for example.
Getting better sleep can relieve aches and pains and can help you sleep better throughout the night. It can also make it easier to stay focused so that you can get more done during a typical workday. Along with buying a high-quality mattress, don’t forget to invest in a pillow that provides you with the support that you need. Sleeping on the right mattress can make a world of difference in how you feel when you wake up in the morning.
The Power of Networking and Leveraging
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My name is Super Manny Creative Director at Disrupt.
What I wanted to share today is the power of networking. and I know networking has been mentioned many times when it comes to networking and building businesses and things like that but i still don’t think that people understand the power of leveraging. So one of the things I want to explain about is actually a topic that’s very close to me. and it is about networking within the creative community. just in your area or your town or even in your state.
A lot of times many people don’t understand the power of networking and leveraging other peoples resources and other peoples time. So let’s put this into perspective so you as a Photographer , you have your certain strength, your certain niche, your forte. Whether You are a product photographer, portrait photographer or wedding photographer., maybe you do events. You have a certain brand that you are building and certain clientele that you work with. However, being in that brand there are many other clients who also reach out to you for different types of work.
So if you create a network of different types of photographers, then you guys are able to collaborate with each other. When an event comes up, then I know a certain event Photographer, I can link them two together. Same, Let’s say an event photographer that knows a product photography client that needs help then he will call me and vice-versa. So when you leverage each others strengths, not only are you doing the work that you love but also you are doing it correctly and growing Your business properly.
However if you try to do it Yourself, let’s say I do an event but i’m not fully equipped for events. I try to do maybe portrait photography but your are not familiar with studio lighting or even natural lighting when it comes to human subjects. Instead build a network of different photographers with there different strengths and collaborate with each other that way you can feed off of each others creativity, and then the work can continue to flow and go around.
What I see a lot of times especially in the industry that i’m in and the state that I am in, New Jersey there’s a lot of competition. “ I wanna be the best and I don’t want to see you grow” however, we need to break that, and we need to build a community where we all help each other and then in that way we will all grow. Because Imagine how powerful it will be, working together, leveraging everybody’s networks and everybody’s strengths to bring out the best of us for our clients. So I want you to take that into consideration. then, let me know what industry are you in and what are the ways you think you can connect with other creatives or not only just creatives but also other professionals in Your industry and how you guys can work together or maybe a story that You already have, where You had an amazing collaboration come through by using each others strengths. Alright guys thanks again. This is Super Manny with Disrupt and Can’t wait to see you guys in the next video.
Sofia Stolberg – Piloto 151 – Startup Ecosystem in Puerto Rico
Sofia Stolberg – Coworking in Puerto Rico with Piloto 151
Sofia Stolberg is an Entrepreneur, Innovator, Community Builder and the CEO and Founder of Piloto 151, the first co-working space in Puerto Rico and essentially the “WeWork” of the island. Sofia talks about how they helped foster the startup and entrepreneur ecosystem in Puerto Rico, how they are teaching the residents of the island software development with Code Trotters and how they are getting more females into coding with Women Tech Over. We also discuss some of the effects that the hurricane had on the tech community. Piloto 151 was one of the first office spaces on the island with wifi up after the hurricane. Sofia shares with us the struggles of creating the tech ecosystem 5 years ago, how the island has progressed since then and what the future holds for tech in Puerto Rico. You are not going to want to miss this episode.
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