Four Foolproof ways to manage Business Stress

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Remember your passion

The reason many of us embark on self-employment is that we have passion for our profession. That can get lost in the rush to meet deadlines, pitch for new projects and file tax statements.

Four Foolproof ways to manage Business Stress

‘It’s part of me,’ says Terry Bahat, a certified personal trainer and health coach. It’s hard to fake enthusiasm meeting clients several times a week for months or years at a time. ‘It’s important to do what I like, it keeps me going,’ she says. ‘You can’t fake that.’

Phone a friend

Despite training others, Terry sees her own personal trainer every week and will also consult with a health coach every month or so to discuss her coaching methods and get feedback. ‘You have to be accountable to someone.’

And despite years in the fashion industry, Jody Kahlon isn’t immune to the creative self-doubt that can plague designers. She admits there are days when she questions herself, but she keeps it in check with weekly catch-ups with a friend who has been in fashion for decades. ‘I call her my muse,’ says Jody. ‘She knows me really well, she knows my style. She tells me I’m not crazy and to keep going!’

Work it out

Jody walks her dog once or twice a day, and rides her bike to run errands.

‘I see a personal trainer twice a week at a local park, regardless of the weather. There are times when I stress about finding the time, but I feel mentally sharper after a workout. I also have the Time Out app that fades my screen at set times to prompt me to step away from the computer for a few minutes.’

Take a catnap

‘When there’s work to do but the mind isn’t willing, the siren’s call of the television can be strong,’ says Terry. ‘But I’ve made a pact with myself to never turn it on during the work day.’

But breaks are essential. ‘If I’m really struggling I’ll do the one thing I could never do in an office – take a 30-minute power nap. I always feel supercharged afterwards and even smug that there’s no one to lecture me on being indulgent.’

Similrly, Lean 6 Sigma is about striving for excellence while helping you find peace and manage business stress, not necessarily reaching 99.9997 per cent accuracy but by automating and problem solving. So, don’t procrastinate about deploying Lean + 6 Sigma in your business because if you don’t have all the pieces in place or have not been trained in all the tools then you can’t see the hidden waste and values.

Speak to us on 1300 SIX SIGMA or 0455 6SIGMA and start your journey of continuous improvement and relieve business stress with us.

Four Foolproof ways to manage Business Stress
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