Fortunately, being an entrepreneur has now become much easier thanks to new technologies and the internet, which have reduced the risk of setting up in business significantly. Lack of job opportunities has also driven entrepreneurial change and so made starting up your own business a much more attractive alternative.
Instead of constantly working, moving from one task to the next, let's explore ways to manage stress and burnout, be more appreciative of our lives, value our opportunities and challenges, whilst enjoying a positive perspective on life.
When you look at some organisations you see core principles cascading through everything they do. This tends to be more likely in a small or an entrepreneurial company but it doesn't have to be limited to here. It is undesirable from a brain perspective to have conflicting messages coming you from every direction.
This week there was a report about the rising costs of childcare in the UK, which is indeed a big problem for parents. Yet I kept reading how this was an issue for working mothers or mothers returning to the workplace, never about fathers.
Stop every ninety minutes or so, take a break, eat something nourishing, drink something replenishing, move, look at a picture of someone you love, breathe mindfully, pray, nap, get out of your head and back into your body, remind yourself that you're a human being and not a human doing.
In the light of Chinese New Year and The Year of The Goat upon us, it seems the perfect time to demonstrate how bringing out your inner goat like tendencies can actually help you achieve the results you want.
Taking the time for yourself can be seriously one of the most difficult tasks we all undertake each week. Some people love to be always engaged be it on line or with people 24/7, others are happy enough on their own and of course there are many who like the balance between both.
We all need food and rest, so why do we often completely ignore one of the most important meals of the day - yes lunch? When our concentration is waning and our bodies are calling out for movement, why do we continue to sit chained to our desks, figuratively banging our heads against the brick wall that is our work?
Two years ago, I flounced out of my office in a flurry of frustration and raged my way home and out of the rat race. It was terrifying, wonderful, exhilarating, seriously stupid and the best thing I have ever done.
If you are feeling constantly and completely exhausted, running on empty, stretched to snapping point, and maybe even lying awake at night wondering if you can do it all again tomorrow, that's not " just stress", that is burnout.
Unfortunately, poor mental health and an office environment are about as diametrically opposed as you can get; one relies on infallible structure, rigorous regime and confidence, while the other is unpredictable, volatile and strips you of identity.
We live in a world where working long hours with enthusiasm is particularly celebrated and if on top of that we are lucky enough to be doing what we love, we cannot go wrong, can we? Well, in fact, we can!
We can look at some of the poorest poverty-stricken families in the world, yet they seem to find joy and happiness in their daily lives. Happiness doesn't come from outside of ourselves it comes from within. It's a mindset shift. It's a decision that no matter what is going on around us, you choose to look for happiness.
For both men and women to truly 'have it all' we need flexibility in the way we work so that we can take better care of our own needs and those of our children. This is vital not only to help prevent burnout of the workforce but also to prevent the burnout of our children.
While I refuse to advocate running away to the beach, Goa, Thailand, or other places filled with long-term backpackers trying to delay growing up, I have seen that when you're trying to build a strategy for your life, it can be helpful to step out of your typical daily routine for a bit, without necessarily going all Eat Pray Love about it.
Where does being human, having your physical, mental and emotional needs met rank in your infinite to-do list? How do we create a structure where these are prioritised? Who should come first?