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6 Ways to Avoid Working Yourself Into An Early Grave

Did you know that 60-90% of all doctor visits are for stress-related illnesses? Stress is costly in terms of your health, relationships and performance. When you’re affected by too much stress your body wears down and you get sick.

Highly disorganized people seem to be more susceptible to sickness as they are always under extreme pressure, running from one disaster to another. They fail to realise  they constantly repeat the same mistakes by not addressing the fundamental issues that are the cause of their problems and guess what that is? Their own personal disorganisation.

Gary has a business, employs 7 staff. When he contacted me he was at a point where the stress from his business was so bad, that he would constantly wake up 3 or 4 times a nightstress worried about everything …his cash flow, staff, lack of clients and the affect all this was having on his personal well-being and family life. The stress was so bad his hair was falling out!

He didn’t use a diary, had no way of planning and kept everything ‘in his head.’ Often his staff were idle because he hadn’t spent time training them. That ensured the work didn’t get done therefore causing Gary to lose clients. He was also a perfectionist and felt it was easier to do things himself so they would be done ‘right.’

Being overweight didn’t help either. Gary was constantly tired and uptight causing him to be moody and also very negative. His family and his staff would avoid him. He was spiralling downhill quickly, but luckily he realized before it was too late, that it was time to get help otherwise he could lose his business, his family and even his life!

Step by step and week by week Gary  got a grip on the stress by using simple ways to reduce the pressure in his life. He works less hours, business is more profitable and he enjoys more time with his family (and they like spending the time with him too.).

Here’s what you can do dramatically decrease the stress in your business and your life.

1. Get Organised
Learn how to manage yourself and your time. This includes how to plan and     prioritise. You can do it yourself (good luck, because if you knew what to do, then why aren’t you doing it?) or you can accelerate your results by getting coached attending seminars or reading or listening to material to learn how to improve your effectiveness.

2. Exercise Regularly Exercise daily.
Try swimming, running or walking. Your body needs regular activity. “Use it or lose it”.

3. Eat Healthily
Feed yourself healthy food and drink 6-8 glasses of water a day and you’ll triple your output..

4. Learn to say ‘No’
Become more discerning about what activities you are prepared to do or participate in. If you’re already overloaded, let people know.

5. Delegate or Outsource
Do what you do best and get rid of the rest. Get help. This applies to work and home.

6. Avoid Procrastination

Stop worrying about what may or may not happen if you make a decision, just take action.

I bet you probably knew all this, didn’t you? Well my question is, if you’re continually running from one crisis to another, disgruntled with the results you’re getting in your business and your life then what actions are you going to take to rectify your situation?

Are you like the old man and his dog? There was an old man sitting on his porch in his rocking chair.  Next to him was his dog.  A stranger walks past and says “Why is your dog whining and howling?”  The old man says “he’s sitting on a nail”.  The stranger replies “then why doesn’t he get off it?”

The old man responds “He isn’t in enough pain yet!”

You may be so snowed under and overwhelmed running your business that you don’t even realise that you could be working yourself into an early grave. In fact you probably don’t even know exactly what you need to do to improve your situation.

Lorraine Pirihi, The Productivity Queen, is Australia’s leading Productivity Specialist and creator of “The Productivity and Profit System TM” the complete one-on-one training program for solopreneurs and small businesses that shows business owners exactly how to work less and earn more! To receive your F.R.E.E. CD & Report “3 Steps to Dramatically Reducing Your Workload and Stress While Maximising Your Profit$! ($77 value) go to

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