Three important itemsAs an entrepreneur, your work is never done. There’s always something to do and it never stops.

You need to update your website, return a call, write your ezine, keep up with your administration, etcetera.

Before you know it, you feel so overwhelmed that you don’t know what to do or where to start.

These 3 tips help me stay relaxed and productive at the same time.

Try them out, they might work for you too:

Tip 1: Start your day with inner work

Never, never, never, start your day with reading your emails.

Every time I do this (yes, I admit, I forget or ignore my own advice sometimes 😉 I end up feeling out of time and stressed out.

When you start your day with opening your mail, you automatically place yourself in a reactive mode: you start reacting and responding to the things other people ask of you.

Sure, you need to read and answer your emails, but it doesn’t have to be the very first thing you do.

When you open your emails, you are connected to the outer world and the demands and tasks this brings with it.

This can easily distract you from the things that matter to YOU most.

Before you make any kind of connection with the outer world, you need to connect to your inner world first.

One way to do this is to take some quiet time and reflect on these questions:

  • What do I need right now?
  • What does my business need right now?
  • Which actions bring me closer to my goals?
  • Which of these actions will I focus on today?
Tip 2: Take time to relax

The busier you are, the more important it is to take time to relax and recharge.

A Chinese proverb says:
If you’re busy: sit down.

I know, it sounds like sitting down is the very last thing you have time for when you have millions of things to do.

But it does work. Really!

Sit down. Take some deep breaths. Look at the sky, stare at the clouds, watch the birds fly. This will instantly calm you down. As a result, you’ll be more productive.

The last thing to do when you’re busy is to stop taking breaks.

Take time to relax. Especially when it feels like you don’t have the time for it.

Tip 3: (Re)connect with your purpose

It’s easy to be (or feel) busy al the time.

But being busy is not the same as being productive.

And being productive does not automatically lead to feeling happy and fulfilled.

To make sure your actions are effective and fulfilling at the same time, you need to (re)connect to your purpose:

Why are you doing what you’re doing? Why is this so important to you? Is this something that REALLY matters? Why?


This week’s transformational action:

Take a 5-minute break and reflect on these questions:

What am I doing? How important is it?

Does this activity make me happy? Is it connected to my purpose? Does it benefit me and my business?

Is this what REALLY deserves my attention right now?

If not, ask yourself what it is you SHOULD be doing (or not doing) right now.

Not only will this help you accomplish more, it will also make you feel happier and more fulfilled.

© 2014 Brigitte van Tuijl
P.S. Not sure what your purpose is? Or don’t know how to align your business with it? My program Soulful Business helps you find it, and teaches you how to build a thriving and meaningful business based on your soul purpose.

This is the very last time I’m teaching this topic, and THIS ONE TIME ONLY I offer this 3-month online program including coaching and support – at the insanely low investment of just 97 Euros*!

You can read all about and sign up for it here:

* Payment plan available. VAT not included for those in Europe

Do you want to use this article on your ezine/blog/site?

You are most welcome to share this article, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:

‘This is an article from Brigitte van Tuijl, mentor to heart-centered entrepreneurs making a BIG difference THEIR unique way. You can subscribe to her weekly ezine at

Enter your email to get FREE weekly (ish) updates on doing business & life YOUR way: