My guest author today, Esther, is a business blogger and consumer finance expert. She writes regularly about all things financial, from business loans to mortgage to credit cards and contributes to a payday loans UK blog.
Most people who have been through the experience of starting their own business will tell you that the whole process can be extremely stressful and will almost certainly take up a massive amount of your time for the first few years at least. That’s because when they first start out, new business owners are brimming with positivity and excitement, only to inevitably find that running your own business isn’t all easy money and long holidays. Instead, people will almost always come across problems and pitfalls in their first few years and will find that it can be extremely taxing, both physically and mentally (not to mention financially.) These long and tiring hours can inevitably lead to stress and it is for this reason that it is essential for would-be entrepreneurs and start-up owners to find ways to beat the stress and in turn allow themselves to function better when they are at work and at home.
By keeping yourself stress-free and healthy your business will only gain from you being in better condition. This article will recommend a couple of ways you can do exactly that:
- Try Not to Work Yourself Into That Early Grave – This is going to go against every bit of advice you’ve ever heard about starting up a business but you should make sure you don’t work too hard. Yes, everyone says that starting a successful business involves a stupid amount of work and yes, it will almost certainly be more than you worked when you were an employee. But it should never be done in a way that puts your health at risk. You will need to work long hours for sure, but there is a limit. If your business is to succeed then you will also need to have a healthy home life and a bit of balance between the different areas of your life.
- Don’t Take It Home With You – With the above in mind, the first rule is to never take work home with you. Make sure there is a very clear demarcation between your home life and your business life and that you have a set time at which you stop. Once you do stop, don’t take your work home with you. This means both physically (don’t take any documents or work online from your laptop) and mentally, by clearing your head of any problems that you might be having at work. One way of doing this, if you find it difficult is by meditating or reading something for pleasure, or taking the family out somewhere nice. Do anything to block your work out, once you are home with the family.
- Learn the Art of time Management – Once you have set yourself up with a clear demarcation between home and the office, the next thing to do is learn to become a guru of managing your time. This means getting the maximum efficiency out of your working hours. There are all sorts of techniques out there for doing this (and rows of books in the bookshop dedicated to the subject) so find a technique that works for you. Most people feel comfortable with time management software such as Omnifocus or Things. Whatever you use, get into the habit of spending your time on the most essential and productive jobs.
- Keep Fit – Almost everyone who starts a new business will benefit from this last one. Exercise is the very best outlet for your stress and a good place to free your mind of problems from work. Anything that keeps you active is worth pursuing.