1. Make time to make new friends.
Remembering to stay active in meeting other professionals in your industry is essential to keeping you fresh, alert, and inspired by what’s going on outside your daily grind.
Interacting through informal networking channels is essential to entrepreneurial success for more than three-quarters of startups around the world, opening up access to finance, talent and fresh ideas. This can be as simple as putting a happy hour on your calendar once a month to encourage you to get out with other people who spend much of their time thinking about the same things you do.
2. Bring in outside eyes.
One of the most effective and simplest ways to get a different perspective of your business is to bring in a trusted outsider to help you.
A perfect example: Working with a professional advisor or banker to help get your finances in order so you don’t have to do it all on your own. Someone whose sole focus is cash flow management can help you identify problems and opportunities you probably would not have seen otherwise. Seeking help from an advisor can be the difference between making it and throwing in the towel.
3. Schedule unscheduled time for yourself.
Busy business owners often feel overwhelmed by even the thought of taking a step back and looking at the big picture of their business. But setting aside time to think creatively shouldn’t be a daunting task if you do it right.
Rather than penciling in “think about long-term strategies” on your calendar, set aside time to get out of the office and get some fresh air, wander your neighborhood on the weekend, go for a long jog or cook an inspired meal to take your brain away from the endless laundry list of to-dos.
Making time for brief diversions from your work actually stimulates your mind, making you more focused and productive in the long run. Carving out time when you aren’t working is one of the best ways for you to reenergize and reach your full potential once you get back to the grind.