Small Business Tips: 5 Tips to Boost Your Energy During a Long Day

By David Crary  

 

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Whether you are in the lawn care, snow removal or irrigation bussines, the field service industry comes with slow times and likewise extremely busy times. When you’re working long days, especially during the busiest time of the year, you start to feel groggy and tired. This not only puts you in a bad mood but can also affect your work. If you find yourself going through a slump, try these tips to help you get through your day and thus benefit your small business. 

1. Take Breaks

Taking even a 5-minute break between tasks or appointments can help your mind and body relax, reducing the amount of  stress and strain you put on yourself. If you have multiple tasks, try switching to a different one to break things up. Not to mention that sitting at a desk for multiple hours at a time can be harmful to your spine and neck.  Get up and move around every couple hours to keep blood flowing and stay alert. Taking frequent breaks can also do wonders for your productivity which in turn benefits your work.  If you work in the field, be sure to take small breaks to not wear yourself down.  As a small business owner, getting a little time to just relax is essential. 

2. Eat Right

Working in the the field service industry can be especially tiring. If you're feeling sluggish throughout the day, it's probably due in part to your eating habits.  Eating greasy and unhealthy foods can make you feel lethargic and literally weigh you down for the rest of the day. Try eating something light that will give you long lasting energy throughout the day. Foods high in B and E vitamins; such as nuts and fruits, are proven to have an energy-boosting effect. Dark leafy greens are a great source of energy that will last throughout the day. 

3. Get Enough Sleep

This may seem obvious, but the importance of getting enough sleep has been proven time and time again. Studies show that those who clock in at least 7 hours of sleep each night are notably more productive. If you have trouble catching your Z's, be sure to avoid caffeine late in the day and don't take your phone or laptop to bed with you.  When you work in the field service business, you're likely on your feet for the majority of the day, logging good sleep will help your energy levels and moods tremendously. 

4. Keep a Positive Attitude

It's true that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. But, I'd say that when the going gets tough, the tough stay positive.  Long days can lead to constantly thinking about how much you still need to do. Instead of reminding yourself of how much work you still have to do, focus on how much you have already done. Staying positive is especially important when trying to motivate employees, set a good example and don't let yourself get overwhelmed.   

5. Take a minute to declutter

If the moment you sit down you have 100 emails to sort through, a pile of work orders and some random garbage that needs tossing, do all of that first.  The moment you walk into work, make sure that your work space; whether that be at a desk or in a car, is clean and clear.  This will help your focus and productivity as well as boosting your energy level. 

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