We live in a world where people are stressed and always busy trying to build businesses or grow their careers. It’s become a social epidemic to be a workaholic and take no time to recharge. When you don’t recharge, your growth gets stifled, which is counterproductive to success. If you’re a business owner or a busy professional, here are some ways to reduce stress and hit the ground running to achieve new goals:

Take a break from work

Taking a break could mean taking a vacation or closing shop every once in a while. Let your clients and customers know about the planned break, and use an autoresponder while you’re away. Perhaps let someone else at the office take over temporarily while you’re gone. Being committed to your career means knowing when it’s time to take a step back. Doing so will allow you return with a fresh perspective and new motivations.


Set boundaries for work, and schedule time off

It’s important to set working hours and stick to them. Stop working and answering emails after a certain time each night. Turn off notifications on your phone every Friday evening and wait to look at work emails until Monday morning. Whether it’s alone time, date night, an outing with friends, or family day, you deserve time off from thinking about work. If you’re always available and ready to take calls, people will think they can contact you whenever they want because you haven’t set boundaries.


Hire help

As a busy professional, you may be overextended when it comes to running your business. Instead of taking on every responsibility and task yourself, hire freelancers to help. These freelancers can include anyone from a logo designer to a web developer. To find the best candidates for the job, check out some online job boards. For example, if you need your website revamped, you can hire a WordPress developer. These freelancers should have a mastery of back-end web development (e.g., PHP, MySQL), understand the WordPress ecosystem, and be proficient in web fundamentals (e.g., JavaScript, HTML).


Set up your office

If you’ve been working from your bedroom or the kitchen counter, it can be maddening when trying to handle work emails while your family entertains themselves around you. A proper home office allows you not only to shut out the noise when you’re at work, it lets you shut off work when it’s time to play. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to create a dedicated workspace. First, pick a room or corner of your home away from your living area. Then, add a desk or table that you can use just for work purposes. Finally, implement office hours. Making sure the whole family knows when you’re on (and off) the clock will help you stress less and achieve more.


Get your finances in order

You might be doing something you love and are passionate about, but at the end of the day, you need to make money. Since money is the greatest stressor in life, keeping your personal finances in order will help reduce financial stress and make the rest of your busy life more manageable. Budgeting, prioritizing your expenses and staying organized can help set you up for success. If you need a loan for your business, your personal credit score will help you get a better loan with lower rates. It’s important to repair your credit and pay off debt to keep your credit score appealing for when you need more capital down the road. You can hire a credit repair company to help; these companies generally charge between $50 and $130 a month.


Save on expenses by working from home

When figuring out your finances, consider working from home to save on the overhead costs of your business. Telecommuting is not just a more convenient way to work; it’s a way to reduce stress by cutting down on expenses like gas and dry cleaning. Create a home office that includes everything you need, including a desk with a cord organizer and enough shelves and cabinets to house your documents and supplies.


Write down your goals for each year

Your goals might change each year, and what you thought would happen when you first started this career might look different on your current trajectory. What do you want to achieve next? What will you do to achieve it? When are your expected milestone dates? If you need to attend a professional development workshop to help you uncover your goals, then consider it an investment toward your future. At the end of each year, reflect back on your previous goals and results. Your job might already have an annual employee evaluation, but if you’re a business owner, you can reflect on these things with a self-evaluation. You could also survey your clients to see how you can improve.


Meet other professionals in your field or join organizations

To get ideas, inspire each other and collaborate. Rather than seeing them as your competition, look at them as your allies. You don’t have to interact with people that offer the exact same service as you, but you could match up with someone who is in the same field providing a different role or service so you can find ways to work together.


Sleep more

This might seem like the most obvious thing, but busy people tend to not make time for sleep. If you’re rested, you’ll improve your performance and feel less stress. If you can turn off your brain at night, you can wake up with fresh ideas and treat each day like it’s a brand-new start.


Work should be a part of your life, not all of it. You should be working to live, not living to work. Unless your work is your only passion and calling in life, allowing yourself to be consumed by it means you’re not spending time with loved ones, having fun, or taking care of yourself. A work-life balance is not only good for your soul, but not burning yourself out can also bring your career to greater heights.


Written by guest author: Life and Career Coach; Julie Morris.

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