02/27/2014 03:08 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Minimize Morning Stress And Four More Great Small Business Tips

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Even for morning people, let alone night owls, it's difficult to start the day right. Many spend the mornings getting the kids off to school, rushing out the door and then battling traffic. Unfortunately, the stress you acquire before you even get to work spills over into the day.

Luckily there are some interventions you can apply to your routine to minimize that frustration. For example, plan the night before, says Inc. contributor Kevin Daum. "Taking 20 minutes to lay out everything can save you a 30-minute fashion crisis or search for the car keys," he writes. Then when you wake up the next day, try 15 minutes of meditation. True meditation stimulates the brain and purges negative energy. Read more.

The Best Way to Form a Connection

Every once and a while, it's important to turn your attention away from revenue and expense numbers and instead focus it on people. This includes your colleagues, your customers, your investors, etc. One of the best ways to do that is to flaunt your personality. Connecting with others is easy when they know the real you, not your 9 to 5 alter ego. Read more.

Don't Ruin Your Own Speech

Take a lesson from the recent speakers you've seen, and when it's your turn to give a speech, don't make their mistakes. For example, if someone asks you a question without a mic, don't answer the it right away. First, repeat their question, then answer. It allows everyone in the audience to hear it, plus it buys you a few more seconds to come up with your response. Read more.

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-- The 20 Minute Morning Routing Guaranteed to Make Your Day Better

A New Way to Meet Those New Goals

Most people start January with a few resolutions they hope to accomplish by the end of the year. The problem with that approach is it gives people too much time to procrastinate. So instead of aiming to accomplish your goals in 12 months, shoot for 12 weeks. "Twelve weeks is long enough to make significant progress, but near enough that you don't lose sight of the deadline," Brian Moran, author of "The 12 Week Year," says. Read more.

Show Some Love ... to Your Employees

Thank your employees often. They should always know how much you appreciate them. However, if in fact you are not genuinely happy with their work, maybe it's time to let them go. You shouldn't keep someone who doesn't contribute to the company, and maybe they'd be happier working for someone who does appreciate them. Read more.



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