Several business owners have opened up about the ways they cope with stress during their busy working week, which may provide inspiration for others struggling with the burdens on their time and energy.
During a panel discussion at a small business networking event by Microsoft, a panel of four business owners were posed the question: “How do you stay strong when you’re losing or feeling overwhelmed?”
One suggested that swimming is a great method for achieving this, because as well as the benefits of exercise, being in the pool physically removes you from technology and other people chasing you for things.
However, she did qualify that by recalling one experience where someone desperate to speak with her immediately jumped in to grab her mid-stroke!
Another business owner said she spends time with her kids, claiming that: “There’s nothing better than a 4-year-old to bring you back to reality”.
Yet it was being the master of your technology use, rather than letting the technology control you, that was the primary means of consensus for getting ahead and staying there.
One entrepreneur said he had a strict ‘no emails before 11am’ policy, which he said allowed him to dictate the agenda for his day, rather than falling hostage to the onslaught of emails.
Another said he refuses to touch his mobile phone for the first hour on arrival at work, claiming that: “If you do, you lose your power”.
Last month, six couples shared the ups and downs they experience running a business with their loved one.
My Business also has these tips for establishing a more manageable routine – again something that many business owners feel is important in maintaining their healthy and sanity.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.