Written by: Eva Benoit
Running a business is hard work, whether you're the owner, the second in command, or a rising manager. This is particularly true when finances become tight. Thankfully, there are strategies you can employ to make things easier and boost your energy to keep your career accelerating.
Ease Money Worries
Unfortunately, the state of our finances can lead to a buildup of stress and anxiety. To help reduce this burden, see where you can lower the overhead costs of running your business. One way to do so is to put together a home office, rather than leasing one separately. Just ensure that your workspace is distinct from the living areas and has a comfortable chair and desk. You can further prune back expenses by going paperless and seeing what labor you can cut back on or outsource. However, you could make surprising savings by investing in an accountant to find out the areas upon which you can improve.
Know Your Budget and Goals
Another tactic to keep yourself from being overwhelmed is to develop a fool-proof budget and outline your goals. Without a budget, you can't know precisely where your money is going and if your return is as high as you think. To start, add up your fixed and variable expenses to know what you're spending each month. From there, you can establish what your profits are and which goals can help you grow them. You need tangible goals as well as those for financial growth. Decide what percentage you want to increase by, and when, to fuel your motivation.
Up Your Energy
When you lose sleep, live in a state of stress, and eat a poor diet, your energy and productivity suffer. Your work and your personal life cannot flourish if you don't take care of your physical needs, so invest in your health by getting eight hours of sleep and eating nutritious meals. You can sleep better by creating a nighttime ritual away from work. That means no tech in the bedroom, and going to bed at the same time every night. Furthermore, stock your kitchen full of healthy choices to prevent yourself from eating junk when you've had a hard day; these should include fresh fruit and vegetables high in antioxidants and omega-3s. Fortunately, you can buy things already prepared so you don't need to worry about that hassle yourself.
Take Needed Breaks
Working, even if you are sitting the entire day, is taxing on the mind and body. It drains our energies and exhausts us, especially when things are tense. To counter this, we need to take frequent breaks. It doesn't need to be much, but aim for a break every hour or so. That could involve standing up and stretching for a few minutes, or going to get a fresh glass of water — but do something to take your mind off of work. This way, you can come back to any tricky issues you need to resolve with a fresh burst of energy.
Having clutter where we work does not lead to us being productive. It negatively impacts our moods and work morale by creating a chaotic environment. Yet, by having a home office that is well-thought out and organized, you can not only have pleasant surroundings but encourage your own productivity. Whenever things get chaotic, look at what you can get rid of, and which storage systems can prevent piles from building up again.
Plan out your business and see what adjustments you can make. You may need to set new goals, create a better budget, and be sure you're properly looking after yourself. Being an entrepreneur can be stressful, but you don't need to feel bogged down every day.
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Dr. Liz Matheis
Dr Liz Matheis and her team specialize in assisting children and their families with Anxiety, Autism, AD/HD, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Struggles