What do you do to stay sane when running a small business?
Hi there, I am putting together some advice for people running a small business, making suggestions on what they can do to 'stay sane'. I'd be interested in your viewpoints. I've thought of a few things myself, namely:
* Create clear boundaries (Family / Business, Pleasure/Work, Yr own office etc)
* Create a weekly and daily routine (Days of week to do stuff)
* Don’t obsess about stats, analytics, hit counts etc.
* Don’t get lost in all of the advice available, trust your instincts
* Get away from the computer and the business, exercise and look after yourself
* Write things down so you don't forget them
* Cultivate other interests outside the business, nourish your mind
* Remember why you are doing this in the first place (freedom, wealth etc.)
* Do one thing every day to move your business forward in a small way
Does anyone have any other good ones to add please?
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Relative to "Cultivate other interests outside the business, nourish your mind," I would recommend the development of a personal growth plan. Growth doesn't just happen. We have to become intentional. I say, "Our input determines our output." As a leader, "Our input determines the output of others too!"
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Hi Paul - great initiative.
Here's one relevant strategy that I didn't see in the excellent responses already here:
While 'sanity' is a Conscious, unproductive label of something else, it has zero significance on its own, once we are guided by our inner truth (UNconscious). That's right.
On that basis, ask your inner truth/UNconscious about the single and only thing that matters ... the answer to this yes/no question:
"Does this serve me best now?"
(where 'this' refers to your list above, the other answers here and all other things)
If your Conscious and UNconscious conflict (isn't that the very source of your 'sanity' question ;-) then go with your gut (UNconscious). Do that 100% of the time.
For 36+ years I empower my clients to achieve that daily. You can too, give me a shout or apply the resources in my book, Ready Aim Soar!
Have a personal day off where you completely disconnect and are not available.
Remember to sleep and eat. You may love your business and doing the work, but you have to remember to take care of yourself.
Plan your day the night before
Dont take things personally
Go for a swim
Remind yourself of the reason you decided to start the business. If you are no longer happy or feel as the passion has died, perhaps it's time to do something else for a while and then revisit at a later date. Starting out is very stressful...ITS okay to take breaks. You aren't doing anything wrong! Remember you are great at what you do. Give it time and give yourself time.
I find that meditation & visualization really help me stay "sane" and focused when running my business (amongst other things of course).
Keeping organized, and staying on top of the things that need to get done helps. Making use of the tools available to you, that can help you run your business, is also important to do. Taking time for yourself is important as well. It helps you and your business.