Running a small business is no picnic. When the chips are down, there’s only one person who’s going to step up to save the day – and that’s you, the boss.

You’ve put your heart and soul into this project, so it’s understandable that you’re prepared to put your mind and body on the line too – by working ridiculously long hours when it’s called for, long after your crew has gone home to their families. But you’re no martyr. You choose to work this way because you believe in your business. So there’s no sense in letting this overwork destroy you – and indeed, the more tired and stressed you get, the worse your productivity will become.

This is why it’s important to apply some proper strategies to your working day when you know it’s going to be tougher than usual.

For a start, don’t forget to apply the same basic human rights to your own schedule as you would to an employee’s! That means drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated. Neglect to look after your hydration levels, and you will feel fatigue sooner rather than later. It’s good for you and your business to drink water regularly.

And give yourself a break, too. Without taking five minutes every hour to stretch your legs and look at something other than your computer screen, you are sure to wind up making mistakes or slowing to a halt. Regular rests can, in fact, make you more productive.

These are just the basics. There is a whole range of stuff you can do to increase your productivity even when you’re exhausted – and you can check a few of them out in this excellent new infographic.

So remember to look after yourself, through the quiet times and the busy ones – your business depends on it!

About the Author:

G. John Cole is a digital nomad and freelance writer. Specialising in leadership, digital media and personal growth, his passions include world cinema and biscuits. A native Englishman, he is always on the move, but can most commonly be spotted in Norway, the UK, and the Balkans.

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