Gregory Guzman on How to Manage the Stress of Running a Business

What can you do to improve your day-to-day as a person who runs a business?

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Everyone can get stressed from their job every once in a while, but business owners tend to feel some stress daily. Running your own business is exciting yet stressful; every aspect of a business can be the thing that keeps you up at night. Managing a business is not just about ensuring that your customers or clients get what they need, but also what goes on in the background like financing or hiring employees. Although it’s a stressful job, here are some ways to help you manage the stress of running a business. 

Rank Your Tasks

When you are in charge of everything, you can tend to be bombarded with different tasks from every department, which can be overwhelming. If you try to tackle little bits of everything you have to do, most things won’t ever get done. Combat this issue by ranking or prioritizing your tasks and adjust your list as more items are shared with you. This strategy will let you focus on the most important or time-sensitive tasks first to prevent you from stressing out more. Make your own agenda and carve out time in your calendar when you are your most productive to do the things at the top of your list. 

Keep a Schedule

When you are in charge, it can be challenging to keep a normal or regular schedule. You probably get pulled in every direction throughout an entire day. Especially if you are just starting a business, it can be tricky to create and maintain a schedule that works for you. However, you must keep a schedule to reduce your stress and ensure that you build time for yourself in your day. Create an agenda for you that leaves time to meet with others and time to get your tasks done. If you are more productive completing tasks in the morning, block out that time to tackle the top things on your list.


The best thing any leader can do is delegate tasks. If you are stressed about the things that need to get done, then you need to learn how to delegate. Without delegating, tasks can be forgotten, which can lead to items falling through the cracks. Business leaders need to utilize their staff and delegate tasks to those who have the best skill set to complete it. Having help will let you stress less while still getting things done. 

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