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How to minimize your stress as a manager

Life as a manager can be extremely stressful, and a lot of different things can factor into this. Sometimes it can be really difficult to leave business at work and be able to relax. Often times managers with a lot of responsibilities find work consuming their lives and interactions with other people. Feeling like his all the time can really affect your family life, sense of calm, and even your health. If you find yourself constantly thinking about work, loosing sleep trying to remember what you have to do the next day, and being irritable with those around you because of your work related anxiety, here are some tips on how to minimize your stress level.

The best way to make sure that you never become too stressed is to leave work at work. People say this all the time, but it's a lot more difficult than it sounds. Everyone tries to do this, and a few succeed but many fail. As a business owner or a manager, it is very natural to be concerned with making sure that things run smoothly when you are present, but in order to maintain your health, your sanity, and your family relationships, it is crucially important that you learn to leave things behind and trust that all will run according to plan. If things go wrong and you have to pick up the pieces when you come back, so be it, but that's something you have to sacrifice in order to minimize your stress level as a manager. The entire point is that you have to prioritize well. Obviously keeping a solid business running is important, but if you truly believe that your personal life needs to take precedence outside of business hours, than you will make this so.
One of the best ways to be able to ensure this peace of mind while you are away from your business is to have great employees who you can trust to handle things when you are gone. It can be extremely helpful to designate someone to be in charge when you're away from the office. If you have chosen one trusted employee to take care of things in your absence, than you will have incredible peace of mind, and it will reduce stress immensely.
Another thing that often causes stress for managers is having to deal with employees who need disciplinary action, and employees who do not perform according to expectations or meet their deadlines. There are ways to handle these situations when faced with them in a professional manner, but the best way to reduce this kind of stress is to make sure that you pick your employees well in the first place. Sometimes it is difficult to know how things will turn out in advance, but there are some key things you can do before hand to help make the right decisions about your team. Don't rush into hiring any employees. Just as you wouldn't pick a best friend, or person to date after just one meeting, don't rush in to business relationships. Make sure that you have at least two very thorough interviews before you offer someone a job. Plan out your questions carefully, and ask ask plenty. Spend some time with prospective employees, request a complete list of references, and actually call them. Speaking to previous employers about a prospective employee's job performance is one of the most helpful things you can do.
One more way to help minimize stress is to keep a very organized schedule and write important things down. If you make lists and prioritize your time well you won't have to constantly be worrying that you are forgetting things and missing deadlines. It will help incredibly to reduce your stress and you will have a greater peace of mind when you are away from work if you can be sure that you aren't missing anything.
Being a manager comes with all sorts of difficulty. If you can learn to use these tips, it can reduce that stress immensely. Remember to separate work and your personal life. Doing so will help you to relax and when you are at work, you will have more of a capacity to be productive in your place of work.


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