The holiday season is one that can be bittersweet for small business owners. While it represents one of the best times of year for sales, and can be the difference between make or break to a business owner’s bottom line, there is no debating whether or not all that pressure can add up to some major stress, not only on business owners themselves but on their staff as well. While it’s not a time to turn back the dial unless you are truly trying to do way too much, in which case hiring some temporary workers might be in order, that’s not to say that you should ignore the signs of stress you and your employees are feeling and push ahead without making an effort to manage it. Start the day with a reminder of your goals as a team. While every staff member is working on getting what needs to get done taken care of, people’s moods can start to rise and create the fuel for

No two workdays are the same while running a small business. Some can fly by while things almost seem to get themselves done, while other days it can be a struggle to remain engaged despite the fact that there is still no less to do than before. It is on these days that working in an environment that offers limited distractions becomes important. While there are general things that business owners can do to remove distractions from their environments, they should also be cognizant of what their particular weaknesses are. Some people may be able to concentrate while listening to music, for example, while other people may wind up getting distracted by a pair of headphones. It is important to know what type of setting allows you to work your best. Keep a to do list handy and go from task to task. Multitasking often leads to unnecessary distraction, and can drag out both of the processes being worked on to longer than it would have

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