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Take a Breather

Can't seem to cut that monstrous to-do list down to size? Maybe it's time to relax, step back and regroup.

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This story appears in the December 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When you run your own business, December is usually the month you close your books and promise to establish positive habits for the new year. Unfortunately, it's also the time of year when you're likely to join the ranks of the overwhelmed. You start the day with good intentions to grow your business and attend to your personal obligations, but at day's end, you may find you have accomplished very little.

To stop becoming overwhelmed, first congratulate yourself on your achievements. Then forgive yourself for what you haven't finished. Balance comes from not letting the magnitude of the work get the best of you.

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