Getting Things Done Without Stress
Usually, accomplishing your goals comes hand in hand with worrying about them. It makes sense that the things important to you occupy your mind. Part of being a creative person is that you can imagine everything going wrong, just as you can imagine everything going right.
Of course, you would want that latter, but it’s foolish to not consider the possibility of facing obstacles and setbacks on your way. How you approach these challenges can make a huge difference to your mental and physical health. Read on to learn some very simple and successful tips.
Preparation Prevents Perspiration
Your big goals – whether it’s starting up a small business or just trying to get into a daily workout routine – cannot just be blindly thrown together. Of course, being driven and full of energy is an important start, but taking some time to draw up an easy-to-understand plan is important as well.
Not many people like diving into a ton of research, but being able to do that can make the difference between success and failure. How will you manage your finances? What is your target audience? Is it worth it to hire an advertising firm? Should I buy this exercise equipment or just a few dumbbells and weights?
No matter what you are trying to do, consider the best way you can do research. Is it pouring over books and documents? Is it watching several online videos about the topic? Would you prefer to speak to experts in the industry one-on-one?
Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone or traveling can do wonders to clear your head as well as focus at the same time. Maybe while walking the streets of London you will imagine the way to escort ideas between companies that will get rave reviews. The key is to do this before deadlines, before success or failure comes down to one stressful moment.
A schedule should not be rushed, either. Rushing out an unfinished product will not only fail, but will give you and your company a bad reputation that will be hard to escape. It is certainly tempting to look at all things in terms of financial quarters and wanting to be profitable within a year, but unless you can fit all the necessary steps, you might be biting off more than you can chew.
Take Time For Yourself
It is very easy to get sucked into the mindset that you have to spend every waking moment trying to make your business or idea a success (or, going back to exercise, do it everyday, going 110% the whole time).
There are certainly many famous stories of CEOs and athletes who sleep on the floor of their office or work out at a ridiculous pace, but these are always the exceptions, never the rule. These stories are typically embellished just to make a point, not to be an accurate depiction of the person.
For your own health, taking a break or even (shock!) a day off is never a bad idea, especially if you’ve been burning the midnight oil for six days straight. Mental health experts say stepping aside to recharge your ‘batteries’ can help you come back more refreshed and focused. Even the most intense workout trainers say that taking a day off from exercise is essential, because it allows the muscles that you’ve put so much stress on to rebuild.
It might feel like you are suddenly becoming lazy if you spend an afternoon on the couch just watching a whole TV series, playing interactive sex games or kicking back with friends over drinks on a patio, but these aren’t distractions, they’re resets.
Letting your guard down in this way can really be helpful, because if you are chatting about your goals and aims to others who aren’t directly invested in its success, they might be a lot more open and honest with you than your business partners, employees, or clients. At the same time, shutting the heck up for an evening and just raising a glass and talking about sports, movies or anything else can make sure you are in good spirits the next day at work.
Turning Lemons Into Lemonade
It is rather sobering to acknowledge that most businesses end up not succeeding. Throwing in the towel after one attempt is definitely not the way to go. While it might sound like some empty pep talk to say that you learn more from failure than success, it is certainly true.
This is because while you are failing, you are typically changing plans on the fly, trying to turn the situation around. While doing this, you are gathering up plenty of examples that might help a bit or make the situation much worse. You will be seeking advice or assistance from others, expanding your social circle (and finding out who is helpful and trustworthy). You will also learn plenty about yourself and how you deal with stress, and realize that you have to dust yourself off and try again.
Meanwhile, success – while obviously preferred – can be a much more narrow path. Doing only one thing and having it work right from the start keeps you in one lane where you aren’t changing your business models, you aren’t meeting a lot of new and different people, and because you want to keep succeeding, you might be unwilling to make changes at any point.
In fact, this is why a lot of immediate successes crash and burn much more spectacularly and definitely. They hadn’t gotten used to any setbacks or failures early on, so when things ultimately start to turn downwards, they are clueless because they are so used to everything going right.
Gareth Willmot is a serial weird festival collector, coffee snob and a neurotic last-minute traveller who is passionate about marketing, ultramarathons and yoga.