Every human being encounters a level of stress on a daily basis but the magnitude of stress and how you handle it is what separates the successes from the burnouts. And stress is not exclusive to any one group of people. Business owners, high school and college students, new mothers all experience different levels of stress. Here are some thoughts on how to handle your stress and regain balance in your life.
- Maximize Your Work Time
If you wish you had more time in the day to finish your to-do list, then it may be time to brush up on your time management skills. We all have the same 24-hours in a day, and it’s up to you to manage that time wisely. One simple solution: go unplugged for an hour and focus on one task. No phone calls, no checking weather, no social media, no emails. Choose the most challenging task first and get that off your to-do list. You might be surprised at how little time it took to complete that task and feel motivated to do more! At the end of the hour, reward yourself with a short break, and then get right back into uninterrupted work mode.
- Don’t Over-Extend Yourself with Promises
Do you wake up ready to face the day? Are you excited to get back to work or would you rather ditch work and play hooky? Feelings of dread often occur when you keep saying, “Yes” to everyone without taking into account your physical abilities. Of course, we want our clients to be happy but it’s impossible to please everyone, and by saying, “yes” all the time, we risk our own happiness. Set boundaries with clients, set a refund policy for customers, and schedule some much-needed you time on your calendar.
- Create a Marketing Plan to Gain More Clients
Another area of business stress centers on finances and worrying if you’ll have enough paying clients to cover your bills. It’s a legitimate concern, but if you strategize how to attract prospects on a continual basis, you’ll always have people in your sales funnel.
What forms of marketing do you want to use? Which social media platforms? Where can your ideal prospects be found online? Utilize your free or inexpensive marketing avenues first before jumping into costly advertising campaigns. And, if you’re inexperienced with social media or running a Facebook Ad campaign, outsource it or at least hire someone who can train you in the best practices.
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