starting and running your own business can be exciting and rewarding, but it can also be very stressful. For most of the nearly 40 years of our marriage my husband has been a pioneer and I have sometimes worked with him. Having built my own business as a Stress Reduction Coach I’ve been reflecting on the load to be an entrepreneur.
Signs and sources of stress
Some symptoms of stress overload include irritability, anxiety about the sustainability of the business and / or high debt companies. Relationships within the family can suffer if they do not understand the entrepreneurial drive or the time and effort it takes to start and run a business. For women entrepreneurs, the job of running the home and balancing work and home can create enormous stress. When you work at home, any home project that needs to be done can pull you away from your business. People who are drawn to be entrepreneurs are sometimes idea people who do not have the details and repetitive tasks. The need to work on those things can create stress as well. And when you are stressed it is difficult to focus and concentrate.
One of the solutions is to reduce stress and create an environment that reduces stress. Have a place where you can keep everything together and organized. A written plan of action for the company supplies where you can see it with every plan can help you focus on when you have available.
system that works for me
I’m not a person who comes to the organization easily and I have struggled to find a way that works. Daytimers and the arts help in the short term, but I’ve never been able to keep up with them. One thing I’ve found that works is to have a “big picture overview” of what needs to be done where I can see it. I have a poster board size piece of “static cling” presentation sheet attached to my door. It can be easily rolled up and removed if necessary. I have a few classes I have posted the top of the sheet, such as “additional”, “promotion”, etc. These are written on standard size post-it tickets so they can be easily removed and changed. I brainstorm all I need to do on a small post-it tickets. After I brainstorm, I organize the notes in the appropriate columns. I also have a category that says today that urgent and important issues. I can look at the poster while I’m working and see what I might have to do when I finish what I have to do, I can throw it away after. If something comes up that is not posted, I can put it on a post-it note and put it where it needs to be.
This “system” helped me to write many articles in graduate and I used it when I planned and wrote my thesis. Now it helps me as I’m working and my business. This is just one technique that helps me reduce the stress of being an entrepreneur.