Whether you are a veteran wellness advocate or just getting started, everybody is subject to burnout with their business. If you’re reading this and thinking, “No way, I never get tired of what I do!” we are speaking to you. It’s no secret that entrepreneurs are passionate about what they do and have a tendency to overwork themselves. While having a strong work ethic and drive is exceptionally admirable and necessary to be successfully self-employed, if it becomes detrimental to your wellness, you are likely to face a burnout. So how do you avoid burnout in your own business? Here’s where to start:
Take Care of Yourself
Have you ever tried to run a business when you are overworked or ill? Working when you aren’t feeling well or when you’re catching yourself nodding off at your desk makes the simplest 5-minute tasks take 30. Making sure that your mind and body are in the right place is fundamental to ensure you have the most productive and beneficial workday. Your environment, diet, exercise, and sleep routines are all part of the equation. Take some time to figure out where your wellness needs a little assistance. Schedule out time to focus on that area so that your well being (and your business) can thrive.
Thoughts and goals can look less intimidating and more achievable when written down. Make it a regular practice to write down your schedule, to-do lists, and business ideas as this can help relieve some anxiety as you head into and go about your day. Utilizing scheduling tools and task lists are great ways to stay on top of your business and conquer the clock. Some of our personal favorite apps that help us stay organized are Evernote, Asana, and Trello.
Know Your Strengths
Do you know your strengths and weaknesses? Take a moment to reflect on which tasks give you the most energy and results as well as to those that don’t. On the things you dread more than love, start to build systems and resources around them that make tackling them easier. If you strongly dislike a specific task, consider the option of outsourcing it. Outsourcing one task to be done daily, weekly, or monthly may sound like a luxurious business expense, but it doesn’t have to be pricey! Check local Facebook job pages for possible candidates or ask your friends if they have any recommendations. Wouldn’t it be nice to focus on the stuff you are great at anyway?
Master Your Time
We all have 24 hours in a day, and it is crucial that we are maximizing our productivity with that time. Setting up work schedules and routines can help relieve uncertainty and create personal accountability. On the other side of the coin, do you have time blocked out for yourself? Setting some hours aside in the evening or on the weekend can be a great way to unwind and reduce your chance of feeling overworked.
Have Some Fun
Slowing down to celebrate your victories (even the small ones) and create some fun in your day can make a world of a difference. Take short breaks throughout the day to break up long intervals of work time and rejuvenate your mind. You should be building your businesses because it is something that you love to do. If you don’t get a chance to sit back and look at how far you’ve come and dream of how much further you want to go, where’s the fun in that?
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