If there were one thing about the holiday season you could change, what would it be? For me, it would be the increased stress. This may be a fun and festive time of year, but it’s also stressful, especially for small business owners. There’s so much to do, and it seems like the clock speeds up as we approach the end of the year.
If you know what I’m talking about, then today’s Buzz should be exactly what you need. Here is a collection of articles to help you manage stress and get in the right frame of mind for 2012.
Make a Stress-Free Promise
Resolutions are like mantras, and although they can’t compete with goal setting, they have their place. This article captures nine very powerful resolutions you can start working into your life now to support your goals for 2012.
Read more on Entrepreneur.com: Nine New Year’s Resolutions for Stressed-Out Entrepreneurs
Plan Your “Do Not’s”
What you DON’T do can often be as important as what you DO do. Check out this list of things to stop doing in 2012, and you might be inspired to add a few more resolutions/mantras to your list.
Read more on Harvard Business Review: Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012
Sometimes, the worst stress comes from the vicious cycle of putting things off. Once you push something away, it becomes harder and harder to pick it back up again. If you take a small pocket of time each morning to focus on your biggest priorities, you won’t fall victim to procrastination. Start this now and you could be all caught up for the start of January.
Read more on About.com: How to Beat Procrastination Right Now
If the stress of running your business is making you crazy, then you need a plan to take control. Here are some actionable tips that aren’t too difficult to implement and will help you get a handle on your workload (and information overload).
Read more on Small Business Bonfire: Four Simple Ways to Reduce Small Business Stress
Make Time for You
In the midst of the holiday craziness and year-end wrap-up in your business, you could probably use some time to relax. Easier said than done, right? Maybe. But this post is packed with tips to help you take care of yourself. There is sure to be something in here you can start doing now as we ease into 2012.
Read more on About.com: ‘Tis The Season For Some Self-Care