We accept that every now and again we’ll need to give up our evenings or work at the weekend to grow our business. But before long we can find ourselves making too many compromises and working harder than we can sustain.
Left unchecked, the company we worked hard to build can quickly become a pressure cooker trapping us inside and cooking us slowly – so slowly that sometimes we don’t even realise it…until it’s too late.
Are you feeling the heat?
Every once in a while a week from hell will knock you off kilter and every now again the responsibilities of running a your own small business might feel overwhelming. But, if you regularly feel stressed and you recognise any of these traits, then it might be time to take action:
Release the pressure
Trust me - You need to find a way to dial this pressure down, before you reach burnout. All too often business owners ignore these signs and find out to their cost the effect stress can have both personally and professionally.
Your best strategy here is to focus on efficiency, and time management, so you can regain control. There are several techniques you can use to organise your operations and get back on track:
If you’re feeling strained, take things slowly you don’t want to increase the pressure you are already under. Try tackling one area at a time and break down any action you need to take into smaller steps you can easily accomplish.
However hard it may be at first; it’s best to persevere so you can enjoy being a business owner again. Plus, if you’re planning to scale further down the line, it’s better to address any problems and inefficiencies now to avoid limiting your growth in the future.
Sooner or later you will reach a glass ceiling, it’s inevitable. As your business grows, it will become harder for you to maintain all the activities and responsibilities you have taken on since starting without reintroducing the pressure you’d managed to relieve. So, it’s important you recognise when it’s time to take the next step and start expanding the core capacity of your business (rather than just the efficiency of what you have)…
How do you manage the stress and pressures of running your business? Let me know in the comments below.
Next up: Part 2: ‘Lighten the load’.
This is the first article in the 3-part ‘Escape The Pressure Cooker’ series. To ensure you don’t miss the next installment sign up to Boardroom Blog mailing list here!.
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