It’s not easy being a small business owner. We need to wear many hats. We need to manage individuals and daily tasks while working on getting our business to the next level. We also need to look at the big picture and make sure tasks are running smoothly while dealing with the smaller important administrative tasks. It can be quite stressful, don’t you think?
Here are small business stress management tips I have found that helped me with my stress level:
Tip 1: Write down your tasks and how long it takes. I wrote a post about creating a project time estimation worksheet to help you improve how long it takes you to do tasks. Click on the image below to take to the post.
Tip 2: Sort tasks in priority order: When writing to delegate tasks for others, I create sticky notes. You can create them on VistaPrint.com and get them printed out and mailed to you easily. I included the link to the part of VistaPrint so you can get started right away. (not an affiliate) Here’s a post I wrote about the process: Customized Priority Sticky Notes helped an Office Manager.
Tip 3: Make your desk a clean area that only holds the task for that day. Paper can be overwhelming so minimize your clutter by taking off anything that you are not using. Here’s a post I wrote about 5 Ways to Keep You Focused During The Work Day.
Here are reminders on what you can do to make your day less stressful:
- Remember to take time to do breathing exercises throughout the day. I like to do these from Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. Feel free to check out this post about Breathing Techniques: A Guide to the Science and Methods.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Get an ergonomic chair and desk. If you sit for long hours, you need to have a chair and desk that works for you. Check out this post about the importance of ergonomics from the University of California Riverside.
I hope this helps make your day less stressful and more enjoyable. After all, isn’t that why we became self-employed. =)
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