A 30-minute exercise that will make any entrepreneur less stressed, tired and crazy

Entrepreneurs are crazy.

And I mean that in a good way. We’re the hustlers of the world. We wake up early to work on our passions. We lay awake at night thinking about our goals.

While the rest of the world is sleeping, we’re busy planning our “overnight success.”

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We think big.

Sometimes, if we’re not careful, all of our big thinking and overachieving can come with a hefty price.

Most entrepreneurs are exhausted, frazzled, and stressed about their business. And today I wanted to share with you one 30-minute exercise that will help you overcome the stress that accompanies running your own business.

It’s a task we’re all familiar with, but none of us do often enough: disconnecting.

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Disconnecting from work

I know, it seems obvious. But when I say disconnecting, I don’t mean turning off your cell phone or closing your laptop to catchup on your latest Netflix obsession.

I mean really getting completely away from your business for 30 minutes each day.

Even mentally.

The power of 30 minutes

Here’s what I recommend doing 30 minutes each day to relieve stress and keep my business running smoothly:

1. Find relaxing music. I’m not talking about your favorite classic rock or contemporary music. Find something you wouldn’t listen to normally. Something calming. New age music, Zen music, relaxation music, etc. Any of these will work fine.

2. Find a place you can be alone. It’s important that during your 30 minutes, you remain undisturbed. You can be amazing-freelancer, wonder-mom, or super-student again in 30 minutes. Right now is your time.

3. Write down all your cluttered thoughts. Before you start your 30 minutes of solitude, write down everything you’re preoccupied about. Need to send an email to your client? Write down the details. Forgot to get milk at the store? Write it down. Then put the sheet of paper in the drawer and forget about it for 30 minutes.

4. Find your space. First, get out of your office. Your body is trained to think about work in your office. Find somewhere new that you can sit and listen to practically nothing. Go outside, go in your basement, or even go to the public library.

5. Spend 30 minutes detoxing. Once you’re all set and ready to go, take 30 minutes and detox your body and mind. I know it sounds cheesy, but just give it a try and trust me on this one. It’s going to feel like an eternity. You’re going to be tempted to start thinking about work again.


This 30 minutes is for you and your sanity.

And I guarantee, if you’ve done it right, when your 30 minutes is up, you’ll be at the top of your game, ready to tackle the world and anything your entrepreneurial lifestyle will throw your way!

Give it a try today and let me know how it goes by leaving a comment on this post.

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  1. I disconnect from work by doing a completely irrelevant activity to what I do as a career. Go play a random sport, explore new places. I change my mindset by reading a random book. It keeps me fresh.

  2. Once again another great read. I am personally running+marketing a Record Label, working on freelance projects, and working a full time design job. I think i find my solace in separating the things and not letting them intermingle as much as possible. Alongside with unplugging to play games or go to dinner with the GF, i think unplugging is probably the most essential part to success, even if i feel like there is always more work to be done.

  3. Taking the time to disconnect is one of the most important things anyone can do for themselves and their business. And it’s easy to get absorbed in work and forget. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Not everyone enjoys working out, but I try to go on a run in the middle of the day to clear my head from the craziness of running my own shop. Getting out there with my playlist and doing something physical does wonders for my productivity. Great tips!

  5. This is very true and everyone should try it. I’m an ex Sports and Remedial therapist and was involved in the holistic side of the treatments too. Learn to switch off is not that easy, but keep trying so you learn to listen to yourself. Very important.

  6. I can totally vouch for the importance of disconnecting, even though I don’t do it that often (though after reading your article I’m reminded that I should!). Like most people, my mind races around at a million miles per hour, so the most important step for me is Tip Number 3 in your article, which is ‘Write down your cluttered thoughts’. Once I do this, I feel much ‘lighter’ and clearer, and it makes it much easier to mentally disconnect. Thanks again for another great article. 🙂

    1. Lucinda,

      I have a friend who keeps a white board next to her bed so she can get things off her mind when she’s trying to sleep.

      It’s worked wonders for her!

  7. Excellent advice, Preston, and something I use a lot in one form or another.

    Sometimes the best boost to my stress level and productivity is taking time off of work. I come back refreshed, less worried about whatever it was I wanted to do, and excited to check off projects on my to-do list.

  8. Love it, Preston, I really do. I think a lot of us get addicted to planning to the point where it can be counterproductive. Lots of good points about how disconnecting physically from the office helps the mental state.

  9. Preston, this could not have come at a better time!

    I have been working so hard lately because I am in the very beginning stages of starting my freelance business. Like many people here, I have a full-time job other than freelancing, so doing both at the same time is a lot of stress. My wife notices that I am stressed pretty much every night because I work so hard all day and then have great ambitions for my business, so I spend my nights working on that.

    I have been so busy lately that I have forgotten that relaxing is crucial to my sanity.

    Like I said, this could not have come at a better time! I will have to be sure to never forget to take a break.

    Thank Preston!

  10. I’m sure someone already pointed out your typo on item #2.
    “Find a place you can be along”. I’m guessing you meant, “Find a place you can be alone”

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