As a small business owner, what keeps you up at night? Is it the lack of sales? Not enough money? Issues with employees? Or something else?

Unfortunately, the stress will never go away, but learning how to manage it is vital to the success of your business.  

In an article, Mike Kappel, a serial entrepreneur, gives five tips on how to manage and combat your stress as a small business owner. 

Remember what’s going right.

“You can improve your stress management in business by reminding yourself of the things that are going right. List out all your accomplishments and any small business milestones you’ve achieved. There are probably more than you realize. Don’t neglect even the smallest accomplishments. Put your list somewhere you can easily see it, such as on your desk or the wall. Whenever you feel stressed about all the things that are going wrong, look at your list. Take a moment to remember all the things that have gone right.”

Prioritize your goals.

Write down everything that you need to complete. Then, rank your tasks from greatest to least. The things you need to do first should be at the top of your list. As you work, focus on the most important tasks. Once you finish those, you can move down the list. You’re essentially creating an agenda for yourself.”

Kappel discusses the anxiety that might come with seeing a long to-do list. He suggests trying to not get overwhelmed with the list and to focus on the next item on your list. 

Purge your brain.

It is critical for your well-being to separate work and home, but sometimes it’s impossible. When work will not leave your mind, Kappel suggests writing everything down. 

When my brain won’t shut down, I write everything down that my mind is trying to process. I’ll write down my problem, possible solutions and miscellaneous notes. Sometimes writing everything out can take a while, but it’s worth it. After I write everything down, I can relax and sleep. My brain doesn’t have anything to process because I put all my thoughts in a safe place. I don’t have to worry about my business for a time because I know everything is waiting for me later, and I don’t have to worry about forgetting anything.”

Take breaks.

Sometimes when the stress is beginning to overwhelm you, take a break — step away from the stressor! Kappel suggests that even a ten-minute break can do wonders for you. 

“When you take a break, do something that relaxes you. Go for a walk. Get some coffee. Call a friend. Watch a funny video. Don’t do anything business related. When you get back to your business, you will have a clearer mind. You will have fresh energy to tackle the task. And, stepping away might even open your eyes to a new and better way to complete the task.

Take care of yourself. 

“Good health is important when you’re an entrepreneur. Running a business takes a lot out of you. Your small business comes with long nights, early mornings, no weekends and no sick days. Your nonstop life puts strain on your body, and then you add stress on top of that.”

Kappel suggests drinking water, eating regularly, sleep, and exercise! Exercising can help release some of your anxieties and stresses, while contributing to your physical health. 

Published in Coworking Blog

Have you ever experienced burnout from work? Like, true burnout?

When you hate everything and everyone and every tiny task feels like it requires every cell in your body to wake up and do something in order for you to find a shred of motivation necessary to maintain productivity or success in your workplace?

It's more common than you think, and is often related to deadlines, pressure from bosses or colleagues, and long hours.

The problem with burnout, however, is the fact that it occurs because an individual did not speak up for their needs soon enough before they got disgruntled and began to blame other people / things instead of address the unhealthy fire raging inside of them.

For instance, if communication with your team is strained and you brush it off at the end of every day and say "It's fine, that's why it's called work", you will never actually address the issue. Instead you will suppress more and more anger with that erroneous excuse until you burn out and cannot function at work.

This scenario can be resolved much earlier by going to a supervisor and simply asking for advice.

The reason why burnout has remained a consistent event in a lot of offices is because companies are placing value on the wrong things. Certainly companies want their employees' work to get completed by whatever means necessary but, as Aytekin Tank, founder of JotForm, states:

"We’ve grown to subconsciously measure a person’s worth based off how many hours they work, how much is on their plate and put simply — whether or not they are running around like a chicken with their head cut off." 

A lot of companies are getting wise to the self-care trend of offering exercise, yoga, meditation, food, drink, and nap pods in their offices to help their employees, but Tank offers the simple and cost effective intervention of advocating for yourself.

If there is a way that you know you would be more productive (working at home, from a coffee shop, in the afternoons, etc.), all you have to do is ask.

What was the last thing for which you advocated from your boss?

What should you consider advocating for right now to prevent burnout?

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