Serene Living

How entrepreneurs can increase productivity with relaxation and recovery

How does relaxation increase productivity? Entrepreneurs can increase productivity by adopting the same principles of rest and recovery that are used to train aging elite athletes. If you do a quick Google search, you’ll see running a business compared to running a marathon. But is that really accurate? Most entrepreneurs are in business for the […]

Feeling overwhelmed with your solo business?

This weekend we celebrated Memorial Day in the United States. This holiday honors all military members who have died in while serving in our military. Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of summer with all of its joys and stressors. Summer can feel particularly overwhelming if you’ve got school-age children who are on summer […]

Why Entrepreneurs Should Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day reminds entrepreneurs that we’re connected to nature. This week we celebrate Earth Day and it made me ponder how disconnected entrepreneurs can be from our environment. In my home on Long Island, New York, early Spring is beautiful. Tulip stems are fully formed. Shrubs are coming back to life and sprouting leaves. And […]

19 Ways to Conquer the February Blahs

Diagnosis: Winter Blues A few years ago at this time of year, I noticed that I was uncharacteristically feeling … well … blah. I wasn’t exactly depressed. I was just unenthusiastic about everything. I’m usually very self-motivated and I could barely drag my body across the hall to my home office. How did I become […]

How to Cope with Anxiety as an Entrepreneur

If you have anxiety, you are not alone. Several years ago, I attended a family reunion and reconnected with cousins that I hadn’t seen for thirty years. I was shocked to learn that anxiety – something that I’ve struggled with throughout my life – was rampant throughout my family tree. According to the Anxiety and […]

Consider the Opportunity Costs

In mid-August, I fell down some stairs and badly sprained my ankle. Thankfully I didn’t need surgery, however the doctors were adamant that I shouldn’t put weight on my foot for three weeks. Truthfully those three unexpected weeks on the couch were pretty miserable. I was angry (like most accidents, this could have been prevented) […]

19 Ways to Cope with Anxiety as an Entrepreneur

If you have anxiety, you are not alone. Several years ago, I attended a family reunion and reconnected with cousins that I hadn’t seen for thirty years. I was shocked to learn that anxiety – something that I’ve struggled with throughout my life – was rampant throughout my family tree. According to the Anxiety and […]

How solo business owners can stay motivated over the summer

Welcome to the Summer Slump Don’t feel like working in the summer? You’re not alone. Research shows decreased productivity during the summer, including a 2012 study by Captivate Network that followed 600 white collar North American workers in 14 major metro areas. This study reported that summer productivity goes down (20 percent), attendance dips (19 […]

Dealing with change in your business

Accept that change is going to happen Change, however difficult, is a part of life. I have children in their 20s. I watched their journey from helpless to walking, starting school, driving, graduating, dating, starting businesses, and more. Each new step — even when it felt like a loss to me — was a move […]

How to keep your business running when you are sick

Surgery on a small business owner This blog post shares lessons I’ve learned during the last 10 weeks as a small business owner recovering from knee replacement surgery. It surprised me to learn that recovering from surgery is much like being an entrepreneur. For instance: You can’t be totally prepared. I don’t know any entrepreneur […]

How do you deal with stress as an entrepreneur

10 ways entrepreneurs can deal with stress It’s been another horrendous week in the United States. There have been many discussions among my fellow entrepreneurs about how we can run our businesses — and deal with the stress of mass shootings, domestic terrorism, hatred toward minorities, and nasty political advertisements. While these events aren’t not […]

Home office organization using Feng Shui

My home office organization project I am a home-based entrepreneur and keeping my home office organized is a constant challenge. I’ll be honest. My home office becomes cluttered. Then disorganized. And then office organization feels like such a big project that I choose to do nothing. Why does my home office become so disorganized? Much […]

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