Are you letting your personal life hurt your business? 

You may believe that when you set out for your office every morning you leave your personal life behind. However, each aspect of our lives tends to affect everything we do. The following are some personal habits that will hurt your business. 

1. Burning the candle at both ends. 

A fuzzy mind will take three times as long to accomplish a project as a clear one. Get a good night's sleep and make time for rest and recuperation. Go out on weekends with the guys for a drink. Go to your kids' ball games. Designate a friend to pull you away a few times a month if you can't do it yourself. 

2. Being an office-chair potato. 

As well as sleep, you need exercise. Do you tie yourself to your desk 14 hours a day? Take some time out to jog, run, or spend an hour at the gym. Also make sure you get out of the office and talk to your employees. Spend a day on the production line or making deliveries to customers. Your team will appreciate it. 

3. Stressing over personal finances. 

If your mind is preoccupied with how you are going to pay your mortgage or afford to send your child to college, it's difficult to concentrate on growing your business. Hire a financial adviser and take control -- your business will thank you.

4. Not getting along with your family. 

Your last row with your wife leaves you feeling mentally drained and likely to behave unreasonably toward your employees. Take steps to repair poor personal relationships. You will be happier and so will your associates.

5. Trying to do everything yourself. 

The whole world does not need to sit on your shoulders -- it will keep revolving without your help. Delegate tasks that are not your forte to your employees.

6. Engaging in irritating behavior. 

This might include the following: turning up late for a conference; wearing a T-shirt when meeting a potential clients (most of us aren't Mark Zuckerberg and and can't get away with this); chewing gum; failing to make eye contact; using too much business jargon; always going for the hard sell; tapping away on a keyboard or eating while on the phone. All these things can be turn-offs to potential business partners, customers, or clients. It never ceases to amaze me how many times I'm in a meeting with clients and someone checks their email or gets up to answer a call. Getting and keeping customers is hard enough -- don't blow it because of your actions. 

Recognizing your personal habits and how they affect your work is a major step toward creating a successful business. Change won't happen overnight, but focusing on small but consistent improvements over time will work wonders.

Know yourself -- change your habits, change your life, and change your business.

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