Good on you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to hear my talk today. I feel honoured to be able to share my story with you. I hope that you gained some new found knowledge that can assist you on your business journey and ride those crazy waves.
I thought I’d recap my tips for you:
1. Define your goals
Create a 90 Day Plan so you’re not overwhelming yourself with too bigger goals that will fill up your head too much leaving little room for much else. As business owners, we can be impatient if we don’t see results quickly. Pat yourself on the back even for achieving little things. As you accomplish the smaller goals, they boost your morale and drive you to accomplish the bigger goals. The little things will soon add up to something amazing that you can really celebrate!
2. Invest in some help
Most business owners leave it far too late to hire a business consultant to guide them through the storm. It’s like a breath of fresh air when you do it so don’t wait until you are close to hitting a wall, it’s a lot more work to get out of a stressful situation.
3. Know your kryptonite.
Be assertive, know who the energy suckers in your team and your client base are and draw a line in the sand as to when it becomes not worth the drama. Empower yourself when you need a refill of love! I cannot tell you how many mini meltdowns had over lengthy phone calls with telecommunication or utility companies. I could have easily delegated this by adding an authorised contact of my receptionist or business manager to deal with these issues and saved my stress energy resources.
4. Set boundaries for yourself and others.
Pre plan your week ahead and have contingency time so you’re not placing too much pressure on yourself. Use your productive hours to tackle challenging tasks that require more energy and brainpower. Tackle smaller tasks when you feel less motivated. And don’t forget about the fun factor in your schedule too – something for you and your team and something for yourself.
I like to surprise a team member by taking them out to lunch and connecting with them on a one-on-one level. Getting to know your team grows morale and loyalty which in turn creates more efficiency and less stress! Stepping away from your business completely and engage in other family and social activities is important for your overall well being and energy resource tank.
5. Slow down the URGENCY
A pandemic is the perfect recipe for business owners heading towards burnout by playing the catchup over the past two years of loss. Slow down the urgency, it will not serve you for the long term. A new survey from Capital One Business found that many of the owners are exhausted. And for good reason.
According to the company, the survey found that “small business owners are acutely feeling the impact on their mental wellbeing and their ability to maintain work-life balance as a result of navigating pandemic-related disruptions and fluctuating mandates across the country for nearly two years”.
Work on your brain training mindfulness and Progressive Muscle Relation (PMR). You need these superpowers to stay on the course.
Go get em tiger x
Want expert guidance? Talk to me, Jeanette Farren at Lighthouse for Business.