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Success: Tip 4 – Get Your Priorities Straight

tip_no4“Get your priorities straight!” is typically a comment or barb that is hurled at you when you’ve done something wrong. But at YSN we’ve come to think of them as a source of clarity that empowers you, makes you happier…and of course, makes you more successful. In fact, we created an entire assessment to help people figure this out, but here’s one of its juiciest secrets. Having a clear sense of YOUR priorities is critical to making the right choices and keeping you on the right path.

Think of your priorities as a personal decision-making filter. Any time you have a decision to make that involves allocating your time, money or energy, from where to spend the weekend to how to spend the next few years of your life, run the idea through this PRIORITY FILTER.

Take the next 3 minutes and a pick out your top 5 priorities from the list below. more…


Life Balance: How to Avoid Business Owner Burnout

Woman practicing yoga at sunriseWhen you have your own business and it is successful it takes over your life. As the business grows it takes more and more time. When you are in business a commitment to work long hours is a given. As you struggle to continuously build and grow your business, be aware of feeling overwhelmed and consumed by the business. It’s critical to take time off even a personal day to rejuvenate yourself. It gives you time to think about things without the stress of the day to day business. New ideas will come to you when you are away and have an opportunity to look at other businesses similar to yours in other cities and countries. Consider taking courses or seminars to enhance your skills and expertise that can be implemented to make the business more manageable and efficient. Send employees to courses and seminars to enhance their skills which will empower them. It is a perk that will be well worth the investment.

A problem many business owners face is the fear that something will go wrong when they are away and that their employees will not manage the business as well. With so much to take care of, how can an entrepreneur ever relax?

According to a survey conducted by American Express, 40 percent of the smallest business owners—those with less than $200,000 in annual revenues—plan no vacation time whatsoever in any given year. And even those who do get away regularly check in with their office and worry about the business and all the things that can go wrong.

In many cases business trips end up being the vacation. It is never relaxing and when the entrepreneur comes back to the office the work is piled up and catching up takes days. more…

Julie Brander - Business Mentor, SCORE New Haven
Julie has been a SCORE volunteer since 1997. She has 20 years of experience in business, starting a manufacturing, wholesale and retail jewelry company. After selling her business, she dedicated herself to helping other entrepreneurs start and expand their business. | @juliebrander | More from Julie


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