stress-management-for-your-at-home-web-design-businessWe’ve all dreamed of being our own web design boss. No one to answer to, no time cards to punch. Living the entrepreneurial dream. Unfortunately this liberation from upper management also means more responsibility.  Much like being a first time homeowner after renting your entire life. There’s no landlord to call anymore when a pipe bursts. This newfound responsibility can make many web design business owners  crack under pressure. Keep your stress levels low by following these few tips.

Make a Schedule

Having a timeline of your day ensures a certain foundation that ensures maximum productivity. Without a basic list of to-do’s we risk getting overly caught up in individual tasks and can fall behind on design priorities. This leads to tasks piling and piling and making you feel totally overwhelmed and behind with clients.  The costs of outsourcing put you into a panic. The lack of time puts you into a panic. Skip all that extra hassle and simply make a checklist for your with loose time slots. A simple yet effective tool for task priority on your design projects.

Take Breaks

While efficiency is crucial for web design, particularly if you’re the only employee, everyone needs to take breaks. As humans our productivity interestingly decreases the less rests we take. Italians are known to take up to 10 breaks a day, and are some of the most productive employees on the planet!  No wonder their coffee is so good. They need something enjoyable during their downtime. Remember the age old story of the tortoise and the hare: slow and steady wins the race.

Technology is Your Friend

Use all the plug-ins, apps, programs, and help you can get. Why have a task take you 5 hours when with a few clicks of a mouse it can take 1 hour. Consider a cloud service that automatically backs up all your work as a background process instead of manually. Ensure your web design business’s accounting is tip top by using a program like Quickbooks. Make your life even easier by outsourcing assistance for any of these programs rather than tearing your hair out trying to read the Help section. Don’t be afraid to use technology and online assistance to your advantage.

Play Soothing Music While Designing

People are known to be 47% more productive when in a relaxed state of mind. One of the best ways to get to a relaxed state is through music. Often playing soothing music can calm our nerves, clear our minds, and improve the seamlessness of our work flow. Next time you start to stress over a design deadline or a seemingly monumental obstacle, put on some relaxing tunes. You never know. It could be the key to what makes you hit the Fortune 500.

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