Starting and running a small business takes a lot of dedication. It can also take a toll and be very discouraging.
To help you stay in the zone and not lose heart here are some things you can do
Count Your Blessings
In as much as a lot may have gone wrong and or not panned out the way you planned. Something did go right. Take stock of what was successful. What the result your hard work has so far produced. And celebrate those.
When you count your blessings, you will get the impetus to continue. When you look at where you are and where you came from, this will show the potential you and your business have.
Root Out the Stressful
When you run a business there is so much to do. You will never be able to just have one thing at a time on your plate. However, there are some things that you may not like at all that cause stress. Root these out.
If something that needs done stresses you, it will lead to you not doing it and other things. You will begin to procrastinate jeopardizing the things that need your attention. The best thing to do in this situation is to find someone who can tackle those areas that you do not like or stress you.
If you are in the position to ask a family member to take over some areas in your business, do it. If not, pay an outsider to do it. This way you can free up your time and deal with other areas without stressing.
Handing over some areas to someone else will ensure that you are able to put your time and energy into areas that matter.
Sometimes, the environment can be stressful especially if it is full of stuff and people milling in and out. That frenzy on the desk and in the room can also be stressful.
Try to have a system that allows you to have an overview of the room. What is on the tables and who is coming and going. If you work at home, you will still need to clean up your messages and group chats. Don’t be everywhere all the time.
Organize your files, clean your tables and leave some of the group chatting for another time. You will find that with clearing up physical and virtual spaces you will work more efficiently and be less stressed.
Not everything needs to be done immediately. And if you do try to do everything at once, you will get discouraged and feel as though you are not succeeding. Also, take a look at some areas and products and see if they really contribute financially. If not, move them down the priority list. For allocating time and money and for execution.
Anything that is not going to impact your business and produce the outcome you want, is something you can remove from your to-do list. So you can work on things that matter. This also means that you do not have to buy every new thing on the market or take up new business venture. Simply saying no.
Most important, give yourself some down time to recharge.