Running your own business is a full-time job – who am I kidding, it’s like two full-time jobs and that’s on a good day! The day takes over and you end up running from putting one fire out after another; at the end of the day you still haven’t achieved half the things you planned.
Steven Covey in his book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People summed it up well, “… the urgent takes over the important.”
When life gets like that, stress becomes a dangerous companion. It can also become a costly one for your business.
Here are a few ways to reduce the stress and get back a little balance in your life.
- Ask yourself – what’s important? Work – family? I’m sure you’re saying family but when important deadlines call what do you do? Try delegating your time, so family or personal time is scheduled just as if it was an important meeting. Because it is!
- Say no – if you’re successful and a go-getter, you’re just the sort of person everyone wants to help them. Prioritize giving back.
- Get some help – entrepreneurs have a tendency to want to do everything themselves. Learning to delegate and trust other people will help you regain balance.
- De-clutter – your office, your home, your commitments. Consider how you can simplify your life and watch how much more you’ll get done.
- Remember the importance of relationships – no one on their deathbed ever said they wish they’d spent more time at the office!
Is being stressed out and frantic helping you or hindering you in reaching your goals? No? There’s your answer right there!