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Scheduling a Healthy Lifestyle for Work at Home Business Owners

Aug 17, 2007
Becoming a work at home business owner means you will need to make priority choices about many things - especially when it comes to time management. One of the easiest things to do is to fall into a routine where you take care of your family, the business, your home and forget about yourself. Just because suddenly you feel you need every waking moment (and some sleeping ones) to keep your "to do" list under control, you can't ignore your body or you'll find that your energy levels will start to decrease and you won't be able to put as much effort into getting your work at home business off the ground as you thought you would be able to.

There are three main areas of a healthy living lifestyle that are easy to ignore when first getting started in the work at home business arena, namely nutrition, exercise and sleep. They are also the three main healthy living issues that need to be balanced in order to keep your body functioning properly, and ignoring any (or worse, all) of them will have a negative effect on your health. The problem is that they all take time out of what is going to be an already over-filled day so you need to find someway to incorporate them into what you're doing so that you eliminate the need to find extra time to fit them in.

The first thing you need to do is to learn what your body needs in order to function at its optimum. What does it need by way of nutrition, how much sleep does it need to keep you sharp, and what exercise is recommended for someone of your age and fitness ability? One way of helping with nutrition is to buy plenty of healthy snacks, such as fruit and raw vegetable sticks (such as celery and carrots). Plan your meals a week in advance so that you know each day what you need to do for preparation for the next day's menu - and stick to it. Schedule your day so that there are three things that are rigid - meal preparation time, 15-30 minutes of exercise (even if that's a power walk to the store for an errand or to the school to pick up children), and a fixed bed time that is set in stone - regardless what deadlines and TV specials appear on your horizon!

By scheduling these three things into your work at home business life from the very beginning, you won't get used to the fast food, 3 am bedtime and zero exercise - and consequently zero energy - circle that many work at home business people initially find themselves in. Once your new lifestyle of caring for family, home, business and self becomes second nature, you won't need to actually write these things in your day planner - but until that time, make sure that every week you conscientiously make the effort to write them down at set times, and that you make sure that you "turn up" for each of the appointments on the scheduled time.

As a work at home business owner, the last thing you need to be is sick. Ensure that you don't threaten your health by ignoring the basic essential components your body needs to function well. Remember that if you threaten your body's immunity and capacity to cope with daily living - you are also threatening your ability to build and run a successful work at home business!
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Martin Boyd is the owner of a Work At Home Income Directory dedicated to helping work at home income seekers to maximise there income and find work from home opportunities.
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