5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Stop Feeling Overwhelmed Every Day
BY: BRIAN HUGHES ON MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018
One of the worst and biggest problems small business owners face is overwhelm. There are always too many things to do and not enough hours in the day. This feeling of being out of control can lead to a lot of extra stress and lost sleep if you wake up with a thousand and one things running around in your head. According to the Small Business Administration, there are 28.8 million small business owners in the U.S. If you are one of those business owners who is feeling bogged down and overwhelmed, use these 5 strategies to efficiently manage the tasks you need to complete.
Always break things down.
Take the approach that it’s best to do things one at a time when it comes to large – or numerous – projects happening simultaneously. You’ll feel more overwhelmed when your brain is too full and it becomes a struggle to process the demands that accompany it. Avoid information overload by breaking projects down into smaller parts so you can focus on one thing at a time. This strategy will allow you to get a lot more done in a less stressful way.
Clear your plate
Hire people you trust and delegate! While it’s tempting for some business owners to micromanage, consider evaluating your list of tasks and see if it makes sense to delegate to others. Hire quality freelancers or other specialists who possess the skills to do an excellent job, and you will probably save both time and money in the long run.
Take advantage of the flexibility technology offers you when it comes to the way you choose to work. Working remotely already allows for additional productivity, as long as you invest in smart technology. Online tools can help your business succeed, so make sure you learn exactly how to use the technology so you can reap the benefits. It’s worth it to embrace technology instead of fighting it – it’ll make your life much easier.
Plan your day
If you want to combat overwhelm, rethink your day. If you change just a few bad habits, you can drastically improve your levels of productivity and slash your stress. Start your day by planning it out so you feel a sense of control. Attack the tasks that are at the top of your to do list before all of the crazy commences.
Learn how to identify your priorities
Learn how to determine which tasks are the most important and need completed first. The most demanding client or customer shouldn’t always take precedent. If they do, the real priorities can take a backseat. This leads to quickly approaching – or missed -- deadlines and added stress. Map out your priorities based on reality instead of on the demands from a client or customer.
So much to do, so little time. That saying has never held truer than it does for the small business owner. Use these steps to help rid that feeling of overwhelm and get a hold of your day-to-day life in the office.
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