Building a business from the ground up is really hard work and often we forget to take care of ourselves, suffer from burnout and throw in the towel on our fledgling business all too soon. By changing a few things in your routine, you can avoid burnout while building your business.
“Burnout is one of those road hazards in life that high-achievers really should be keeping a close eye out for, but sadly—often because of their “I can do everything” personalities—they rarely see it coming. Because high-achievers are often so passionate about what they do, they tend to ignore the fact that they’re working exceptionally long hours, taking on exceedingly heavy workloads, and putting enormous pressure on themselves to excel—all of which make them ripe for burnout.”
These are my 7 top tips that you can implement to avoid burnout while building your business.
1. Learn to say NO
It’s not necessary to say yes to every single thing. Give yourself permission to say NO. Be polite but firm in your response.
If you have a hard time saying no, let the person asking for your help know that you’d like to think about it.
2. Focus on one task at a time
Multitasking is a myth. It keeps you busy & destroys your productivity.
If you don’t schedule time off, chances are you don’t really give yourself that much time to relax. Knowing you only have 2 hours of free time a day and the rest is dedicated to work-related tasks & others makes it easier to enjoy the time you’ve scheduled. As business owners, we often get sucked into the trap of thinking. I could be doing this, instead of being here, etc. Give yourself a few free hours a day and at least one day a week that is work free to recharge.
Turn off the tech and enjoy a digital detox.
Turn off your phone. Put the laptop away. Hide the iPad. Just enjoy where you are and who you’re with. Read a book. Go to the beach. Take a nap. Just make sure it’s without a device that’s flashing notifications at you, competing for your attention.
Even if it’s 30 minutes a day. They say sitting is the new smoking. We weren’t made to sit for hours and hours at a time. You could go for a walk after lunch or start your day with a gym session. What’s important is that you schedule this into your day.
6. Change up your routine
Break the monotony! Go and do spend some time in a coffee shop if you’re always at home. Try the library if you need some distraction-free time. If there are co-working spaces in your area, try one.
7. Build relationships with REAL people
Online entrepreneurship can be isolating and lonely. It’s important to keep in contact with people you can meet for coffee or invite over for dinner.
Humans need more interaction than we get from email & Zoom calls.
You need to be healthy & focused to grow your business and not feel like you are treading water.
Don’t neglect your health or your relationships with friends and family while building your business.
Finding a good balance that works for you is key while building a business you love!