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By Cindy Aldridge <[email protected]>
3 Tips for Staying Sane When Starting a New Business and Welcoming a New Pet
Life tends to be stressful for most adults, but it can become even more intense during big changes. Starting a business is one of those times, and so is adopting a new pet. If you’re doing both simultaneously, there is a new level of craziness that is sure to ensue. Instead of losing your cool, here are a few tips to help you do both things successfully and stay sane while doing it, brought to you by Canine Mobility.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
Being your own boss is one of the perks of starting your own business, but it comes with a lot of challenges. Instead of having one task that you have to work on every day, you’ll likely have a long list of must-do items you can’t ignore. When you throw a new pet into the mix, the list just gets longer. Instead of taking on all of these necessities on your own, make sure to delegate some of them to other people who can do a better job than you.
You don’t have to hire a bunch of employees to take on your business and pet tasks. Instead, consider using freelancers. Check out a job posting site where you can search based on your exact needs and find someone willing to help you out, either temporarily or on a regular basis. Whether you’re looking for someone to take on marketing (you can even find experienced freelancers to create mobile apps for your business these days), web design, or even dog walking, you’ll free yourself up to focus on your new pet and your new business.
Most people function at their best when they have a schedule in place to keep them on task. Organizing your day helps you stay on track and ensure that your pet feels safe and secure in his new home. One of the benefits of owning your own business is the ability to set your own schedule, which gives you the freedom to create a routine that is good for you and your new dog or cat.
If you tend to get sucked into your work and need reminders to move on to the next step, consider using a time management app. You can organize your day based on what you need to get done as well as what your pet needs. Be sure to set aside time for both you and your animal to get up and moving.
Make Time for Fun
Entrepreneur.com explains that too much stress can take a toll on both humans and animals. It is essential that while you spend your energy building a business, you also take time to enjoy life. Take breaks regularly to avoid burnout. Your new pet can certainly benefit from time spent with you away from your office. This doesn’t have to mean hours-long walks. If you’ve adopted an older or mobility-limited dog, you can encourage bonding by playing with your pet in your home or yard for half an hour, and you’ll both get stress-relief together.
Welcoming a new animal into your life can be a challenge, and so is building a company from scratch. However, they can both be fulfilling if you put forth the effort to simplify and focus on what is truly important. If you’re in the thick of it now, try these tips to improve your daily work life and have time to enjoy your newest furry companion.