At some point, every small business owner has experienced symptoms of burnout. Whether that shows up as stress, exhaustion, procrastination, and/or lack of sleep, stress is a normal part of business-building but extreme cases can stagnate your businesses growth.
We’ve come up with 3 ways you can prevent burnout from ruining your business progress.
A lot of our consultants are extremely passionate about their personal business, it's what makes them great consultants. However, when they reach a point where it becomes all they live and breathe for, it becomes a problem. This makes it hard to set boundaries for yourself and your employees, to learn to say no is powerful.
Some practical ways to set boundaries are to set a firm work schedule and STICK to it, when you’re off you’re off. Schedule breaks into your calendar, if you are anything like Jim Neighbors, you might have trouble taking breaks in your day. By scheduling them into your calendar, it reminds you to take a break (and can give you something to check off your list!).
Disorganization is the root of all business failures. It can take up so much of your time if you let yourself get disorganized. To combat this, schedule time daily or weekly to get your office, files, and even processes organized. Slow down, take a step back, and ask yourself, “is there a better way to do this?”
Ahh, the dreaded word. A lot of business owners have trouble with this, they want to be the one to tackle every task. But no person can handle all of that on their own, each and every one of us received help to get us where we are now. Your business is no different. Identify and acknowledge the areas you have weaknesses in, and delegate those tasks to more capable people.
Keeping burnout in check will require you to change, and sometimes it is just uncomfortable. But taking these steps to recover your sanity and prevent unneeded stress on you or your business will be a well-made investment.