The key to balancing a successful entrepreneurial business and your mental health is firm, clear boundaries. Saying no is a pivotal part of establishing and maintaining those boundaries. Here are 5 tips for getting your boundaries set and becoming the queen of no:
- Say no to distractions.
- Say no to disorder.
- Say no to others’ demands.
- Say no to scope creep.
- Say no to overwork.
Section your workday into chunks of time and stick to them. Set yourself up with whatever beverage you need and just focus on work for whatever time period works best for you: 30, 60, 120 minutes. Restrict email and voicemail responses to their own time slots, and the same goes for social media. Don’t get sucked into the bottomless pit of Pinterest even if you must post for your business!
Prioritization is the name of the game. Determine what work is both important AND urgent, and do that first. Next, do any urgent (but non-important) work. This could be something like refreshing auto payments for your web hosting. It’s not super important but if you let it lapse, you’ll be in for a hassle getting everything back online. Then move to the work that’s important but not urgent, such as long-term planning.
Don’t let other people derail your concentration and break your focus. Message well in advance when you will and won’t be available. Turn off ringers and electronic alerts whenever appropriate.
It’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs to let projects morph from something easily managed in one week by one person into multi-week behemoths that require additional workers to help you. Prevent this from happening by making a clear plan and sticking to it.
You’ll work more efficiently when you’re getting rest and exercise regularly. And don’t forget to get up from your computer and stretch periodically to prevent repetitive stress injuries.
Finally, if you are already the Queen of No and just have too much on your plate, you can always get help. An online business manager can manage your staff and oversee other projects while you’re head’s-down. She can oversee finances for you, and track marketing campaign performance. She can even act as a project manager to ensure it all comes together.
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