There are some times when being a business owner and a parent collide!
When you are faced with loads of work and stress and yet you have had barely any sleep. And because you’re the boss, it’s just not possible to call in sick.
So, how can you make it through the work day without snoring in front of your laptop or going insane?
Coping on minimal sleep isn’t easy. Because you are a business owner and calling in sick is not an option, here are some survival guides to make it through the day!
Caffeine might just be your best friend
First – make sure it is NOT decaf, because let’s face it, decaf is pretty much useless (for the purposes of this article). We all know that
caffeine is a stimulant and will get you going. Try having small doses of caffeine instead of one big mug of it! It works better.
Also, did you know that caffeine is diuretic which means it will make you pee loads and loads! And there is no better way to keep you awake than having to get up to go to the toilet a lot!
Energy boosting foods!
If you are not into caffeine – munching on nuts like almonds can boost your energy. Or keep oranges, blueberries or healthy snacks beside you.. or even chewing gum! (Okay, so the last part ain’t that healthy but that will keep you awake too! Tried and tested)
Get some sunlight.
Yup, you heard that right. Get up for a few minutes away from your laptop and go outside. Even just for a few minutes. That time you have spent walking towards Mr. Sun will bring some energy back, boosting your blood to pump and get you energized and feel less fatigued. And also, make sure to avoid dim places (such as your bedroom!!) Work where it is bright and properly lighted.
Don’t do it again – be gentle!
Whatever kept you awake the previous night? Unless it was the kids that kept you up, don’t do it again. Puhlease. Of course, if the kids are sick or teething or feeding in the middle of the night, there’s not much you can do about that. So be gentle with yourself. Have a nanna nap if you are able to during the day. Ask your client for an extension on a project. Get some help if there’s someone around that can help you out!
When you are tired, you can get cranky and irritable, so remember to love yourself and look after you first, so that you can look after everyone else. Be gentle and understand that you may be a little less productive – it’s going to be OK!
You may find one of my favourite sayings to be helpful “Is it really going to matter in five years?” If it’s not, let it go… the deadline may go over, but if it doesn’t affect anyone long term, then it’s OK to let it slide just this once.