Being a business owner can be overwhelming at times. If you are a salon or spa owner that is still seeing clients, that is just that much more potential to experience overwhelm. We are wearing the hats of so many positions that it can be hard to prioritize what you should and need to be doing.
Having owned a couple different businesses myself for a couple decades now, I have learned some tips and tools that have made a tremendous difference. I am excited to share them with you in hopes it helps you. While I have mentioned this being for business owners, these tips and tools can certainly be utilized to any busy or overwhelmed person.
Tip 1: First, I want to discuss listening to our bodies. Some of us are morning people, others are night owls and of course there are people that function best midday. While there can be a degree of training and adapting your body, there are times that our bodies will be functioning best at our natural body’s clock. Going against the grain of that may work or may prove to be an uphill battle.
For example: I am an early riser and morning person. I have tried to have a “slow” morning with reading, meditation and just taking everything in. However, my attention span and energy level are ready to have my daily workout. I would literally read the same few sentences repeatedly because I simply couldn’t focus. On the other side, you can physically watch me shut down like a computer in the late evening. So, trying to work out in the evening would not be ideal either.
If that resonates with you, I recommend you trying to work with your body. If you can create your schedule of work, tasks, and rest to when your body is best naturally in sync, you will likely get the most out of that time by following your body’s cues.
Tip 2: Putting systems in place can really change your life and career. Many times, it can be a bit time consuming to get systems in place. Once in place, systems may just need occasional adjusting, while saving you a lot of time. For the workplace, there can be systems on how you work with a client from introduction through checking them out when leaving, how you work with your inventory and supplies, how you can clean your space, how you onboard a new team member, etc.… Being organized and consistent in your system can help you be prepared and thorough in your tasks.
Tip 3: Every industry will experience slower times. When you have a slower time, it is a gift of time to evaluate what is working and what isn’t, to deep clean your workspace, work on projects, blog, take educational classes and take time for yourself to rest.
Tip 4: I am a to do list person. My to do list can get quite long. I have literally paralyzed myself from getting into action with overwhelm of my list at times. However, I discovered a planner that provides space in a different section for the extremely long to do list. This planner encourages you to plan and focus on just 3 tasks a day. If you complete your three tasks and have time and desire for more, you can tackle more. By prioritizing just three tasks a day I have been amazed on my decline in feelings of overwhelm and my extreme increase of productivity. This technique may help you get focused on prioritizing what needs to be completed timely and help you accomplish more.
These tips can be utilized and help you in both your personal and professional life. By implementing these tips, you likely will find yourself more productive and less overwhelmed. Before you know it, you will be tackling your goals, projects, and dreams.