Burnout can cause prolonged and excessive stress. For a business owner, this may lead to laziness and a lack of focus. If you become burned out, you may be ready to quit, which could affect many more than just you.
Understanding how to avoid burnout is very important for business owners. When you’re working long hours to help grow your business, burnout may become your danger zone. Here are a few ways to keep from becoming burned out within your business.
Learn to say “No”
This may be the hardest thing for a business owner to do, but it is one of the most important. When you say “yes” to everything or nearly everything, you end up with more on your plate than you can handle. This may lead to a lower quality service and you may end up burned out fast.
Saying “no” may be difficult, but it can certainly allow you to protect yourself from burning out. You don’t need to take on new clients and projects if they will be cutting into your downtime. It can also help to turn off your phone, answer emails at set times and even spend time away from your phone.
Create a Downtime Ritual
Whether you love to play golf or you prefer a nap, downtime is vital to the success of a business owner. Without it, burnout is inevitable.
Make daily downtime a ritual, even if it’s just an hour. Turn off all your devices, take a walk, meditate, nap or go hit a bucket of balls at the range. Anything you can do to get away from work and enjoy an hour of something just for you will work.
Change your Location, If Possible
Freelancers and entrepreneurs are especially prone to burnout, but changing the place you work can help. Of course, this isn’t always possible, but if you can even find a few hours a week to go to a coffee shop, work from home or something else, you may be able to rejuvenate your creative spirit. Some entrepreneurs have made it a practice to go somewhere outside of the office to work on their to-do list for the next week.
Keep Your Downtime Light
Sometimes, especially for those struggling to say “no,” your downtime can become overloaded and can cause burnout. Vacations can even be higher for your stress than work. Instead of overloading your downtime, keep it light and make your itinerary flexible. Avoid structured vacation plans and give yourself options. This will help you to do what is necessary based on your budget and your energy level.
Exercise is a great stress relief and very necessary for those sitting in an office all day long. When you spend most of your day at a low level of intensity, you really need to get up and move. If you don’t, it’s possible you will find yourself eating your stress away and gaining weight.
Instead, spend time exercising and you will be very happy with the results. Exercise has been proven to relieve stress and allows your brain to take a break. It may be the one major thing you can do to help avoid burnout.
It’s no secret, business owners and freelancers are susceptible to burnout. It’s hard to clock out when there isn’t a boss telling you to or you don’t have to. However, with these tips, you can avoid burnout and keep growing your business at a pace you can handle.