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Simple Step- Reduce Stress-Ensure Success

If you are a business owner or busy professional, you know the toll stress can take on your productivity. Stress can have emotional and physical effects, but it can also make it hard for your business to succeed. Keep reading for some effective tips for combatting stress while creating more success for your business:

Make Financial Planning Your First Priority  

 Do you know what is the No. 1 cause of stress in America? Money. It is the leading cause of stress in the lives of Americans, and finances can be a major source of worry for business owners and busy professionals as well. You can minimize financial stress for yourself and set your business up for success by dedicating some serious time to getting your finances in order. Start by taking a detailed look at your credit report and putting together a plan to improve your score and pay down debts. Repairing your creditand reducing debt will serve to make you more appealing to lenders when you need more capital down the road, and will boost the stability of your business. As you work to repair your credit, make sure you have a balanced budget in place for your business as well.

Create a Schedule That Allows for Self-Care

When you are the backbone of your business, it can be difficult to maintain a balanced schedule. You get used to working long hours and putting the needs of work first. But as important as it is to take care of your business, it is equally important to take care of yourself. Seemingly small steps, such as eating healthy foods and getting daily exercise, can make major improvements in your overall health. Healthy habits can also boost your mental health and help you take on stress, so make sure you are leaving room in your days for basic self-care. Get in a morning workout and prep some meals for work. Finally, turn off your emails at night so you can get enough sleep. Also be sure to build breaks into your daily schedule.

 Use Social Media to Connect With Clients

 Social media has become an essential part of our lives and it has also become a powerful marketing tool for businesses. Using a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account is the easiest way to gain exposure for your work and connect with potential clients. Social media also offers the unique advantage of creating an emotional connection between your business and your clients, making them feel like a part of your work. Best of all, social media is essentially free, so you are getting access to up to 70 percent of Americans for no monetary cost to your business. Try deciding which sites work the best for your business needs and then spend some time making posts and connecting with customers. If business is booming, you can even hire a social media coordinator to further boost exposure and allow you to focus on other aspects of your business.

 Get Your Office and Your Workday Organized 

Clutter can be another source of stress in your workflow and your environment. That’s why it is imperative to create a work process that maximizes productivity. In creating your process, try to stay away from multitasking and instead break your day into blocks that allow you to work on one task at a time. This will ensure that you are focused on the task at hand and are less likely to miss small, but costly, mistakes.

Some business owners and professionals have found productivity apps to be extremely beneficial in building their workflow. In addition to your workday, you should also make sure your work environments are stress-free and organized. Keep your desk clear of any excess papers or clutter. Think about embracing the cloud and going paperless to eliminate this clutter and cut paper costs as well.

 Stress doesn’t have to detract from your professional success. With proper planning and some simple changes to your work habits, you can keep stress from getting you down and set your business or career up for success.

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By:  Guest Blogger Julie Morris

Julie Morris is a life and career coach. She thrives on helping others live their best lives. It’s easy for her to relate to clients who feel run over by life because she’s been there. After years in a successful (but unfulfilling) career in finance, Julie busted out of the corner office that had become her prison. Today, she is fulfilled by helping busy professionals like her past self get the clarity they need in order to live inspired lives that fill more than just their bank accounts. When Julie isn’t working with clients, she enjoys writing and is currently working on her first book. She also loves spending time outdoors and getting lost in a good book.