Regardless of who you are or where you are from, running a business is stressful. Business and challenges are like siamese. Anyone who decides to toe the entrepreneurship path must be ready to take on the complete package. However, it is essential always to remember that you can’t do all the work alone as a business owner. It is a prerequisite for failure whether you are competent or not.
For some, the problem is not necessarily overworking; it’s disorderliness, a lack of direction, or some unforeseen business challenges. No matter what’s eating you up, the following tips will give you clarity and help you back on your feet if you apply them to your work life.
Take a breath
The first thing to do when overwhelmed in your business is to take a deep breath. Stop thinking, take a break, take a moment to reflect on what happened and not why it happened. As Russell Eric Dobda says: “Taking a break can lead to breakthroughs.”
Have a to-do list
When you plan your day, invariably, you plan to succeed. Having a to-do list helps you prioritize your work from the most essential task to the least important. This will help organize your daily tasks, and as a result, you will be stress-free. Planning brings about organization and orderliness. Also, ensure you have a break in your to-do list. According to Patti Digh, “Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.”
Avoid multitasking when not needed. Instead, delegate some of the responsibilities and just supervise. Jessica Jackley said: “Deciding when not to do is as important as deciding what to do.” Hence, always know when to drop the rein for someone else to do.
Deadlines are there to keep a tap on your pace, not to kill you. Hence, always set a realistic timeline for every work or task. As Amit kalantri said, “a professional who does not deliver as committed is not just lazy, he is a liar.” To avoid being called lazy and a liar, always set realistic deadlines.
Physical & Mental Health
Your physical and mental health is needed for your business to succeed. Where this is missing, being overwhelmed is inevitable. William Londen said: “To ensure good health; eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life”. In relaxing mentally, there are different relaxation techniques you can use depending on what works for you. We have tai chi, breath timing, yoga, meditation, and the likes.
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