If you’ve got work up to your eyeballs and are operating in high-stress mode, you may have trouble remembering why you started a business in the first place. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now you’re inundated with bills, complaining employees, and nonstop work.
Sound familiar? If so, these tips should get you back on track.
1. Remember the Beginning
It can help you to go back and remember why you started your business. Probably you were passionate about helping other people or providing a solution you thought would fit a need in your industry. While it may not be roses and kittens now, it can help to keep that original perspective in mind as you wade through your day to day stress.
2. Take a Vacation
“But I can’t leave my company with so much going on,” you cry. Trust me. You can. Taking as little as half a day off can help you refresh, rejuvenate, and get a new perspective on your company. It may feel like your company can’t go on without you, even for a day, but if you’ve set it up properly, there are people you can rely on, who can take over your duties while you’re out. As you gain confidence in them, you can work up to taking — gasp — an entire week off!
3. Shut It Down
When you leave the office, leave it fully. Turn off your phone. Don’t check your email after hours. Do your best to not think about work. After all, it will be there when you get back. Instead, focus on the things that make you happy, like your family.
4. Break Down Insurmountable Goals
When you have a goal you can’t possibly figure out how you’ll achieve, take baby steps, otherwise, it’ll look like an impossible mountain you have to climb. Write down the action steps you need to take to get there and enlist the help of your staff. Break down the big hairy audacious goal into smaller ones.
For example, if your goal is to hit $1 million in sales in 3 years, start with smaller objectives:
- Increase number of clients by 15% in the first year
- Raise prices by 20% in year two
- Increase sales 25% in year three
This way, you’re focusing on smaller, measurable goals and setting up steps to get there. Then you’ll achieve the big one!
5. Talk to Other Entrepreneurs
Believe me: I know that entrepreneurship can often feel lonely. None of my friends run businesses. I’m not even sure they know what I do. So it’s easy to internalize frustration and stress. Instead, find other business owners to talk to. They can likely relate to the pains you’re experiencing, and maybe even provide advice on how to improve your situation. If your spouse has a willing ear, talk to him about what’s upsetting you (just don’t make it the topic of every discussion).
With more focus on the good side of running a business, you’ll get out of your sad slump and start being a happier entrepreneur.