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Tips for a Stress Free Summer
By Victoria Munro
brings its own stresses for entrepreneurs. For
example, running a business while entertaining a string
of out-of-town guests can be a challenge. For those
with school age children, summer vacations have their
own joys and pressures. Add to this the lure of good
weather and multiple opportunities to play, the dilemma
of whether or not to leave the business and take a vacation
and for some a seasonal cash flow crunch.
Ahead is Key
With prior planning, you’ll be better prepared
and enjoy a productive and stress-free summer. The tips
below will help you keep a right balance between work
and play so that you’ll be recharged, renewed
and ready for fall.
1. Be ready
for out-of-town company. Let them know when you
will need to work. Gather tour books, materials on local
attractions and maps. Make a list of sightseeing suggestions.
Plan to spend some quality time with your guests when
you won’t be distracted by thoughts of business.
2. If you
have children at home for summer vacation, involve
the whole family in the summer planning process. Ask
for everyone’s input and suggestions. Decide together
on some fun family activities and put them on the calendar.
If your children are old enough, work out projects and
goals for each one, and sweeten the deal with suitable
rewards. Maybe hire them and let them learn about business.
If your business is slower in the summer, it’s
a good time to take that much-needed vacation.
Decide who will be in charge of the business and make
decisions while you’re gone. Think ahead about
how you’ll handle email while you’re away
and how much you want or need to be in touch. Be sure
to pay important bills before you leave town.
4. Set realistic
goals for your summer. Since the pace is often
slower and there are more distractions, don’t
set too many ambitious goals. Use these months to develop
relationships by inviting clients to play golf or tennis,
or enjoy lunch.
the slow season cash flow challenge
by offering a special sale. Take advantage of
the slow time to negotiate better deals with suppliers.
6. Be flexible
with your work hours. You may want to wake up
early and get in a few hours' work before everyone gets
up. This gives you time later to goof off, and enjoy
family and friends. When my children were small, I tucked
them in bed at night and headed to my office. Working
early or late can give you quiet, productive work time.
when you are working. To be more efficient, avoid
multitasking, concentrate on one task at a time
until it’s finished. Wherever you are and whatever
you’re doing, develop a habit of being very present.
Relish the moment and resist the temptation to let your
8. Make the
most of social events. Take advantage of those
backyard barbeques, poolside get-togethers and ball
games with friends—they can be relaxing and are
often excellent networking opportunities. Remember too
that it’s okay to decline invitations to events
you really don’t enjoy.
9. Take care
of yourself. Get sufficient rest, eat healthy
food and exercise regularly. Build in ‘alone time’
to relax, reflect and re-energize.
to do something fun every day. Maybe go somewhere
you’ve never been or do something you’ve
never done before. Don’t take life too seriously—lighten
up and laugh. Remember, stress
is a choice you make when you respond to a situation.
© 2005-2008 Victoria Munro.
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