As an entrepreneur, I (Kyle) try to follow other successful achievers and pick up their habits and traits. However, the one thing I always found bizarre was the idea that as a small business owner, I am supposed to sacrifice sleep to be successful. I cannot tell you how many social media posts I have seen promoting this train of thought.
Yes, I have had several nights where I have stayed up late to finish a project and then woken up early the next day. Those nights are inevitable. However, most days, I am asleep by 10:30 or 11 pm. This is because I know myself and understand what I need to succeed. If I am going to deliver quality content and coaching to my clients, I need to have the proper amount of energy and rest.
Sleeping is the time your body takes to recharge and repair from the previous day. It is vital to your overall health and well-being. You cannot run your business or produce your services if you are sick. Being an entrepreneur is not like being a college student where you can get 3 hours of sleep and then drag yourself into class. When you wake up, it’s go-time, and you must be ready.
If you are trying to find more hours in your day, examine the time you wake up and see if you can push it back by 30 or 60 minutes. Before sacrificing more sleep, consider how much time you spend on social media or watching Netflix. You might get as many as two or three hours back and still be able to get 7-8 hours of sleep.
Early morning and late nights are unavoidable. However, if you want to achieve long term success, stay healthy, and avoid burnout, then you must prioritize and good’ nights rest right up there with everything else on your to-do list.