Having a business is hard work, especially if you’re doing it all on your own. You have to keep track of every project, every client, every task & every detail. There are so many challenges with running your own business, it’s quite a rollercoaster. When business is going smooth, it’s seriously wonderful. You feel on top of the world.
When business isn’t so great, it becomes overwhelming and worrisome. You are spending most of your time worrying, than actually creating. It feels like you’ve just totally lost interest in your own business, and that can really be scary.
Burnout is when you’re in a state of emotional, mental and physical breakdown that is caused by excessive and prolonged stress. You become unable to meet constant demands, you begin to lose interest and motivation that let you to take on a certain role in the first place as the stress continues.
So what is business burnout?
This is when one becomes unproductive & totally unmotivated to do ANYTHING related to his/her business. Even if you love your clients, your industry & your business, too much of a good thing, can still be overwhelming.
Doing your own business & having to deal with all the ups and downs and stress, can lead to some unhealthy emotional & mental exhaustion. It’s like, even though you have things you have to do (which normally you love doing) you’d rather take up a social lifestyle like visiting friends, watch movies for that moment.
I think you become bussiness burnout when there’s lack of balance, Focusing too much on business & not enough on ourselves,putting clients & projects always in front of our own priorities, Having to do all or so many things, by yourself.
All of these, causes stress and the burnout is a direct reflection of that.
To some extent, I’m sure we’ve all felt this way in one way or another.
Most of the times we totally know we’re in a burnout stag and than we start to feel guilty about it, which just adds to the exhaustion and in the end it only just amplifies the burnout.
So how do we avoid being burnout?
Here’s 5 strategies to help you out
1. Learn to say No, set boundaries.
When you run your own business, you make the rules. Most of the time this feels good but when it comes to making decisions, you have no one to fall back on. The hardest thing to figure out becomes who to say no to.
Its can be very tempting to always say yes to opportunities that come, especially when you’re first starting out. But one good thing to do is to take a second and evaluate each opportunity.
Yes, a big part of business is stepping out of your comfort zone; exploring new ideas and testing out new waters. But all of that doesn’t mean you have to say yes to every opportunity that comes your way.
Setting boundaries, especially with clients is something you have to get used to. If you don’t give them boundaries regardless of how lovely they are, they may start to take advantage of your time (even if it’s not on purpose) then you start to feel guilty for saying no and ultimately interfering with your time.
Just because you’re the sole proprietor doesn’t mean you have to do it 24/7
Make a schedule, Set up an auto responder in your email letting clients know that it could take up to 24 hours for you to get back to them. (This total helps with the “Omg, I have an email from a client and I need to answer right now before they think I’m ignoring them….type of feeling)
2. Yourself first.
Do you know why? Because the most important part of your business You and Without you, your business wouldn’t function.
Take a step back.
Not making time for yourself is a one-way ticket to burnout highway.
Don’t feel like there isn’t enough time in the day, to take a little break for yourself! No one said you have to do everything, all the time, for everyone.
Give your brain a break. No human is wired to move at the speed of light all the time.
Don’t feel guilty about it, just go relax.
Sometimes, thinking about taking a little break actually creates MORE stress because you’re not actively tackling your to-do list BUT once you take the step away, you’ll realize it’s actually quite the opposite. Self-care is just as important as all of your business tasks. So, instead of mindlessly working like a robot to finish tasks you actually end up being more productive because you’re reenergized & refocused.
You need to make time for your mind to stay balanced and healthy.
go hang out with your friends & family. Plan a weekend getaway, go get a pedicure or a massage, drink lots of water and eat more vegetables.
Taking a break (big or small) helps you clear your head so when you come back to your work you might just see things with a whole new perspective.
3. Be Organised.
You know one of those things that we alllll have to focus on is organisation. Disorganization starts to erupt until it becomes a mess and the mess starts to give you a trimedious headache to even think about.
If you feel a burnout coming up check mate strategy 2 and then come back with a clear mind and take a look at your work flow. Sometimes we get stuck in such a cycle that we don’t realize how totally ineffective & messy it has become.
Take note of your daily tasks & your business flow. Could you benefit from a new process?
Implementing new business systems sound like a cramp at first, but they can help smooth out some of those time-draining processes
It’s not just about your online business system, but what about the way you organize your files on your table or computer, could those be better organized?
Ideas and Businesses evolve and so do processes, so it’s important to take note and analyse them to make sure that whats worked in the past still makes sense now.
Take a look at your workspace.
Is it a mess? Organize that too.
It’ll make you feel more productive, being surrounded by a nicely organized, clean work space.
Have too many little tasks that you’re not a fan of doing? Outsource them.
Hire a virtual assistant to give you a hand! your sanity is totally worth the investment.
Take some time to organize every aspect of your business, one step at a time.
I promise, you’ll be thanking yourself later!
4. Re-evaluate your goals and priorities.
Most times, the best way to figure things out in business is to learn as you go. It helps you gain experience & improve your problem solving skills.
When you’re the boss, you get to decide when something is no longer important or if you’d like to change up the direction of your business. You have the opportunity to test out new tactics, services, & products. You have the freedom to shift your entire strategy if you really want to, but having too many choices, too many options & too many things to focus on becomes overwhelming and exhausting.
Sometimes we’re too close to the business to realize that it’s changing, little by little.
Sometimes we’re too focused on the little things, that we forget to look at the big picture.
Sit down and focus on what your business goal is, right now.
Maybe it’s different from when you first started, but that’s okay!
Write down your big business goal.
Write down & explain your ideal client.
Write down the motivation behind running your own business.
Write down the things that are most important to you; your priorities.
Visualizing your business can help you define little goals & priorities to help you get to where you want to be.
When you start to figure out what’s important to you and your business, you then stop worrying about the other things that aren’t in your best interest. You stop wasting energy & time on tasks that won’t benefit your business goal which makes more space for the things that are actually important.
5. Identify your inspiration.
Remember your pre-burnout days? When the thoughts of giving up and watching your bussiness go down the rail were overwhelming?
What inspired you to get back on track :
To work with your clients?
To work on your projects?
To work on your business?
How do you get your inspiration back?
Everyone is different, but typically if you’re a creative entrepreneur you’d literally get joy out of the whole being-creative aspect of it.
I hope you find this Article insightful. Kindly help to share