If you’re a prospective boomer entrepreneur and you’re wondering about how to
run your business without exhausting yourself, I think that you’ll find this
question and my answer, interesting.
Question: “I am in my late
fifties, and although I am in pretty good physical shape, I know that I don’t
have all the energy I used to have in my thirties. I seriously want to start my
own business but I am concerned about how to successfully manage my business
without wearing myself out. Can you suggest some ways to maintain a healthy
Let me offer you some thoughts from my own business management regimen.
I’m in my sixties, so I have a few years on Brian.
I know a bit about managing one’s available energy.
I have developed the following routine through years of trial and error.
1. I try not sit at my desk for more than an hour at a time. Getting up and
getting your blood flowing energizes your brain and makes doing creative work
2. I do my best to get some physical exercise six days a week. Fortunately
for me I live in a great neighborhood for walking. My wife and I catch up with
the neighborhood gossip while we walk!
3. Each week I reserve one day with few calls scheduled so that I can take my
time going back and forth with new ideas, without feeling rushed.
4. I delegate as much of the day to day detail as I can. Since I work largely
virtually from a home office I use freelancers, online service providers, and
local startup experts to help me turn my plans into action.
5. I don’t fly for business, unless there is absolutely no other way to
conduct business with that individual (ever been stuck for hours at O’Hare –
Well, I live in the Chicago suburbs so it’s my home airport!).
6. I sometimes take an afternoon nap!