The stress from everyday life can really hinder goals. Sometimes, goals can be a source of stress, and not achieving them only fuels the cycle and can lead to burnout. Here are a few ways you can streamline your life and accomplish more while doing less.
Outsource Home Care
If you find yourself saddled with many household chores, why not hire help? Hiring a cleaning service can not only reduce your own stress, but it can also relieve the stress on your family and help everyone with organization. What’s more, you can hire gardeners and lawn mowers to maintain your yard (this will typically run you from $46 to $165 in Nashville). You can also hire a dog walker to give your pup the attention he needs (a half-hour walk usually costs $18 – $22).
Set Guilt-Free Boundaries
Learning to say no or set boundaries is a difficult skill to learn. It’s especially difficult in a business world that often encourages saying “yes” to any possible opportunity, which is one reason that the Harvard Business Review recommends working on slowing down. It’s a good way to learn to compartmentalize and manage different parts of life.
Sometimes, that means saying “no” to people, but other times, it means not taking on any more work than you can currently handle. It also means not beating yourself up and feeling bad when you take time off to relax, especially since you need to recharge.
Hire a Virtual Assistant
Hiring a virtual assistant can make business travel much more efficient, improve your writing by supplying you with an editor, and organize your business development pipeline. A virtual assistant can handle emails, order food for you, and handle difficult tasks that consume a lot of your time and energy. You can screen your assistants and have trial periods to help you find someone who is a good fit for your needs.
Use Social Media Correctly
Building a strong online presence for your business is a process that can take some time, but social media is just one easy tool you can use for marketing. Having a solid brand can help you gain more opportunities and potential clients and help you accomplish your professional goals. As you reach out to companies, focus on the four C’s of social communication: be current, compelling, consistent, and critical. Note: You can use a virtual assistant or hire a freelancer to help you with your social media presence if need be.
Make Use of Freelancers
Speaking of which, freelancers have specialized skills and abilities that might take a long time to train someone on your team to learn. Additionally, they fill a short-term contracted need that can save you money and time. A freelancer can help take a load off your mind as you work to accomplish goals and grow your career or business.
Get Enough Sleep
Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience at UC Berkeley, has spent considerable time looking into ways businesses can improve their productivity. His research has highlighted one important variable: getting enough sleep. Not only do profits and creativity rise, but a well-rested leader also impacts his or her employees as well. Sleep will help you be more productive and overall happier in your everyday life.
Give Yourself a Day of Rest
Studies and research indicate that setting aside some time for mental rest can be as important for your productivity and creativity as working hard all day. Give your brain a break. That break can come in the form of doing literally nothing, or it can be in reading a book or taking a hike. Do something you enjoy and enjoy the mental benefits.
Outsourcing help, setting boundaries, getting enough sleep, and taking a break are just a few ways to help yourself achieve goals. You don’t have to do it all yourself. Hiring other people to help you is just as effective and can take stress off your mind and get you on track again.