It’s fair to say that at some stage, every entrepreneur has woken up at three o’clock on some bleak morning thinking about something that happened the previous day or about some upcoming meeting later that day. It’s probably a situation that they encountered hundreds of times before, so why is it stressing them out on this particular night? And it happens more often than it should.
Stress management is part and parcel of the entrepreneur’s job description, regardless of whether or not they are naturally a stressed individual. Entrepreneurs need to adopt strategies to enable them to cope with stress so that the success of their business is not compromised.
Most entrepreneurs work long hours, but there needs to be a boundary between work time and sleep time. Make a conscious decision to stop working at least one hour before sleep time. Turn off all devices, or at least put them to sleep, and don’t fall into the temptation to have one last peek at them to see if there is an e-mail to answer. It really can wait until the morning.
Make a list of all the things you do – then analyse it to see who else can do it besides you. You may find that you are caught up doing things you can easily off-load to competent people in your team. Be utterly ruthless about protecting your time and solving productivity problems for the long run.
If you can delegate it, then delegate it. No one can do everything themselves. If you try to micromanage every detail of your business you will burn out, sooner or later. Sometimes you need help and getting time-consuming tasks off your plate will allow you to target things you really need to focus on. The other advantage is that you are developing and empowering your bench as you never know when you may need someone to steer the ship if something unforeseen happens to you.
Make sure that you pace yourself and set realistic boundaries. No one is a machine, and everyone will either break themselves, their families or their friends if they push themselves too hard. Know when to take a break, when to turn off the computer and when to switch off the phone.