The life of a small business owner, especially in competitive markets like Orange County and Southern California, is stressful. You don’t just have to worry about keeping your boss happy and paying your bills, you are the boss and have to keep your employees motivated and pay them as well as your own expenses. Throw in plans for expansion and exceeding client expectations, and your plate is already overflowing.

Check out these 5 easy tips for reducing your stress so you can stay focused on running a successful business.

Get organized
Set aside time every day to identify your tasks. You can do this at any time but consider starting your day with this exercise. Not only will it help you focus on what needs to be done, but will help you plan your day, week, and month.

Prioritize
Most of your projects will have multiple tasks that need to be completed at different times, so identify what needs to be done urgently, what can wait until later, and what you can delegate to someone else — keep reading for more information on this critical tip. Once you prioritize your workload, you can get started and enjoy the satisfaction of checking things off your list.

Find a mentor
As a business leader, you spend a lot of time supporting and celebrating the success of your team, which is great for morale, but who’s your cheerleader? Finding a mentor who can offer you support and celebrate your successes as well as help you find your way through challenges can improve your motivation and give you positive reinforcement.

Take care of your health
It’s also critical that you take care of your physical and emotional health. For example, leave yourself time for lunch and make sure to eat nutritious meals, at least most of the time. You should also make time for 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. It might sound like a lot, but a quick walk after dinner can help you maintain a healthy body weight and protect your cardiovascular health.

Delegate
And finally, learn to delegate. Whether it’s a task for a member of your team or outsourcing business administration responsibilities like payroll and accounting, find the person with the expertise to make your life easier.

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