Feeling overwhelmed with all you have to juggle?
When you are running your own business, the risk of burnout is real. And unfortunately it can creep up on you. Often you don’t realise the extent of the pressure you are under until you’ve pushed ourselves too far. Remember, you are the boss! And even though you can’t control what issues pop up, you can control your work hours and how you spend them. So let’s consider some ways to beat business owner burnout.
You can’t work any harder so it’s time to work smarter. Firstly, you need to step back and reflect. What was the vision for your business originally? What are your business goals? And is your current focus still directed towards them? Ignore your daily to-do list and fixing problems for a moment. Instead make a list of priorities based on achieving those business goals, allowing you to identify any unnecessary tasks taking up your valuable time and hand less important tasks over to someone else.
You can’t keep doing it all! Share the load, especially those routine tasks such as admin, accounts and customer service. Don’t limit yourself to delegating in-house as there are many external resources you could utilise, starting with employment agencies if you’re after a new staff member or a temp. More business owners are turning to the convenience of virtual assistants or skilled freelancers online via outsourcing sites such as Upwork.com. Some tasks may not even need a person to do them, if you can find the right online tools or apps to help. Don’t be afraid to turn to the experts for those professional services that you need handled including legal, marketing and financial matters. The additional costs will be offset by the valuable time and peace of mind you gain.
3. Switch off
In an age where we can be accessed 24-7 through our mobiles, it can be difficult to switch off from work completely. But to save your sanity, you need to pause and have dedicated time where you aren’t able to interact with work. Go offline completely for a period of time, even if it’s only at the end of your working day. Also ensure you take time away from work to maintain your connections with your partner, family and friends. In times of stress it’s our personal connections that can help alleviate your anxiety, offer support and put work into perspective.
4. Healthy routine
You want to be in business for a long time, so you need to look after yourself. Starting with nutritious food to fuel your body. Avoid skipping meals and eating lunch at your desk or in the car. Regular exercise has been proven to reduce stress and you are spoilt for choice with gyms open all hours, personal trainers that come to you, online workouts or even a brisk walk. A healthy mind is critical to good decision-making so consider meditation and mindfulness techniques for a calmer, clearer mind and sharper focus. There are plenty of meditation apps out there if you need help getting centered. Whether its food, exercise or mindfulness the key is to ensure these health essentials are built into your daily and weekly calendar. Physically schedule time for yourself and your needs.
5. Regular sleep
Rest is essential to allow your body and mind to recharge and tackle another day of decision-making. But before you head to bed, take time to wind-down. Sure we all have times where we need to work at night but you can help induce better sleep by avoiding screen time and work tasks right before bed. Also stay off the caffeine after dark and keep the phone out of the bedroom or put it on airplane mode if you need the alarm. Achieving a deeper, more restful sleep is yet another reason to have a healthy routine.
Even if you love what you do, ‘over doing it’ can be dangerous to your health and your business. So put the phone down, step away from the desk and take some time to reassess and replenish. Your business and family will thank you for it!