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Sure, opening your new business is exciting. You’ve created it yourself; your ideas, money and drive. But that doesn’t mean things will be going smoothly from now on. This rewarding sense of fulfilment only comes because you’ve grafted in many hectic and turbulent hours.

When it’s time to actually set up your company you may struggle to stay positive – especially as there will be times when plenty of things won’t go as expected.

If you’ve found yourself being down about your business before it’s even begun, here’s some tips on how to stay positive.

Set time aside for yourself each day

It might sound clichéd, but setting time aside for yourself is something many entrepreneurs forget to do in the hustle and bustle of each working day.

Something as simple as breathing exercises can make a huge difference to the rest of your day and stop you from snapping at a colleague or getting angry at a late order.

Many entrepreneurs find meditation and yoga exercises also help them to find some peace before a hectic day begins.

Collect your thoughts

When it comes to the end of the day you might be tempted to simply fall into bed and wait for the morning to roll around again so you can get in a good eight hours. Unfortunately, that may not be the best way to ease you out of thinking of work and into an undisturbed sleep.

Keeping a diary and writing in it before you go to sleep can be the perfect winding down exercise – even if you only write a couple of sentences.

It will help you collect your thoughts and put things out of your mind, giving you space for a restful sleep.

List your day

Most entrepreneurs will recognise the value of a good list. They can help you effectively prioritise your time and get everything done efficiently, which is important when you have a business to run.

Knowing exactly what you have coming up in the week can help you figure out when you’ll be spending time alone or with family (see below), which can give you a greater overlook of how your time is spent, and help you embrace your time away from work by spending it on things that really matter.

Make time for family

Granted, there will be an awful lot of working when you start up a new business. However, that doesn’t mean you should block out time for your family.

They’ll understand that your new business venture is important and that you have to take extra time on it, so coming home early once in a while as a surprise will go a long way – even if you can’t do it that often!

Go back to the goal

Refocusing on what your goals are, whether just for the day, next five years or the rest of your life, can help you consider what is important and remember why you’re stressing yourself out so much.

As a new entrepreneur there will be plenty of opportunities to question why you’ve done this to yourself, which can ultimately lead to a negative outlook and even anxiety and depression.

Taking time to refocus is not only accepted within entrepreneurial circles, it’s expected and celebrated.

Are you struggling to stay positive as a fresh-faced entrepreneur? Leave your comments in the section below and tell us how you’ll use these tips to help stay positive in the future.



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Stephanie Whalley

Serial snacker, compulsive cocktail sipper and full time wordsmith with a penchant for alliteration, all things marketing and pineapple on pizza.

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