The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Staying Sick-Free This Winter

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Staying Sick-Free This Winter

When important business beckons, it’s hard for the top dog to take a day off.


For many entrepreneurs, running a business requires long hours of hard work, being on call, and – most importantly – being able to handle problems and important duties as soon as they arise, no matter what situation they’re in.


That’s why getting sick can wreak havoc for entrepreneurs – especially those who are heavily involved in their business’s day-to-day operations.


By effectively planning ahead for the cold- and flu-prone months of October to May, you can avoid burning out, weakening your immune system, and becoming more susceptible to colds and flus.


 Step 1: Focus on getting one extra hour of sleep. While many entrepreneurs like to rise before dawn to get a jump-start on the day, getting one more hour of sleep could significantly help boost your body’s ability to fend off colds and flus. If you’re unable to get away from the habit of five o’clock early rises, try splitting it up: get to bed thirty minutes sooner in the night, while taking a short thirty-minute nap either in your office (if you’re lucky enough to work from home or have a comfortable chair) or right after work. Your body will thank you for it.


Step 2: Delegate more tasks, hire more staff during these months. If you’re going to work as efficiently as possible, it’s important not to burn yourself out. To ensure this doesn’t happen, it could be a smart idea to hire on more staff in the October-May stretch to help get more done, while delegating more tasks to your management. Needless to say, you don’t want to burn your staff out either – make sure you compensate them for their effort, while making sure tasks get divvied up efficiently.


Step 3: Eat healthy. Especially when travelling. For many people, their New Year’s resolutions involve losing weight and eating healthier. This can be a huge boost to health and fitness franchises, which make many entrepreneurs breathe easy when they see a bump in business right after the Christmas holidays. Needless to say, though, it’s imperative that entrepreneurs themselves focus on their own health, too – and the easiest way to do it is by adjusting their diets.


While busy, jam-packed schedules don’t allow for much choice, make sure you cook ahead of time: make meals, pack them, and then store them in the fridge or freezer to preserve freshness. For entrepreneurs travelling by air, they can help by eating healthy the days leading up to flying (fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats), and then ensuring they pack a small snack to take on their flight.

Step 4: After the all-important handshake, wash your hands. You’ll thank yourself later – and so will the business associates, customers, friends, and families you’ll be around after coming across a bug. Bring an anti-bacterial hand wash with you, as well, in case you’re not near a washroom.