How to Overcome Work Burnout Now
Let’s face facts. Some days, you are just burned out. You are not quite sure how you got here, but lately you don’t start the day with the same energy as before. It’s not only affecting your performance, but the entire company culture. The good news is that it’s not too late to reignite that spark again.
Here are ways to prevent burnout:
- Don’t try to accomplish it all in one day (or one month or year). Don’t try to create the “all-singing and dancing” company that wants to do it all for customers. Like so many things in life, business is a marathon not a sprint. Success is about small steps. Set small goals that follow a larger strategy. Learn what you can from failure, let go of it and move on to take the next action.
- Don’t do everything yourself. Entrepreneurs burn out because they think they have to know it all and then do it all themselves. While this may be essential at the start, the only way to achieve long term success is to move away from a “hub and spoke” organization to one where you delegate responsibility to other team members.
- Don’t take everything personally. No matter what other people say, building a business is personal. It hurts when prospects and customers do not call back. It is disappointing when a key employee leaves. Make a personal connection, but don’t take every result personally. Mostly, their actions have nothing to do with you.
- Don’t live beyond the company’s financial means. Having high overhead at work with big bills that you struggle to pay every month will result in increased stress and ultimately burnout. Keep all fixed expenses low so you have flexibility when business fluctuates.
- Don’t separate business and personal lives. In a world where 24/7 technology pushes every entrepreneur to work all the time, separating out your business from your personal life is futile. Strangely enough, merging them together is the key. Accept that both personal and business will intrude on each other. Focus on each one as they happen.
- Don’t forget a support structure. When things inevitably get rough, use friends and family members to pick you up when thing are down. Find a business mentor that will provide encouragement after failure and help foster the next successful action.
- Find time to recharge. Every entrepreneur needs a daily oasis where they can escape and be shielded from work. This will boost your creativity and energy by allowing your mind to wander and come up with the next great ideas. An oasis could be the commute to work, the workout at the gym or leaving your phone outside your bedroom at night.
When you feel burned out, what do you do?
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