Every solopreneur needs to achieve a little zen in their work and personal lives. We’ve compiled some useful tips to help you regain perspective and a positive attitude toward doing the work you love.
Hire the help you need
Whether you need to hire a permanent employee or just a temp to get you through an unusually busy time, get help. Your mind will be clearer and you’ll be more productive if you’re not spread too thin.
Don’t micromanage your employees
You may feel you do the job best, but if you’ve hired folks to increase productivity and relieve some of your burden, allow them do just that.
Let technology streamline your work
Don’t work longer days than necessary
There will be days that require more man-hours, so save your energy for those times.
Make a plan and stick to it
A little time management goes a long way. Having a fairly firm idea of how your day will be spent can relieve a tremendous burden. Employ organization techniques and your efficiency – and peace of mind – will improve.
Give yourself time off from work
Everyone needs a vacation. If a week in the Caribbean isn’t in your budget, plan a stay-cation. Aside from an emergency contact, don’t let anyone know you’ll be home. Stream movies, order take-out and relax.
Determine where you do your best work
A home office can save money in rent, commute time and other expenses. On the other hand, if you have a home office that’s constantly invaded by family and friends, you should investigate leasing office space away from home. The price you pay for an office rental may be well worth the time you gain in getting your work done. Business coaches can help you with time management and in determining what office location will best suit your needs.
Employ on-the-job relaxation techniques
Set a subtle alarm to go off every hour reminding you to roll your shoulders, take deep breaths and stretch. Get up and walk around for 5 minutes. Cell phones allow a lot of latitude for talking and moving at the same time.
Figure out your prime working time
If you’re a night owl and your business permits flexibility, sleep in and work late. For early birds, going to bed at a decent hour and rising with the sun may be the way to go. Either way, sticking to a regular sleeping schedule will enhance both your productivity and mental health.
Busy solopreneurs often attempt to have it all while losing a few priorities along the way. If you fall into this category, let one of the many life coaches throughout the country help you learn how to work and live comfortably. Remember why you started your business in the first place and how great you can feel doing what you love.