Don’t Let Dust Settle: 5 Ways to Avoid Business BurnoutJun 02, 2021
written by Harrison Rich
When it comes down to owning or starting a new venture, it is undeniable that it takes a strong will and even stronger mindset to gain the successful patterns of a lucrative business owner. Though many new entrepreneurs think that to be successful, you need to constantly be working and never give in to fatigue, that couldn't be farther from the truth. We're here to say, 'It's all about balance.'
Business burnout is real, and it can be a main factor in why so many good ideas fail to get off the ground. We've assembled a few tips that successful entrepreneurs use two keep their work and themselves open to new ideas and new opportunities. So don't get discouraged, dust yourself off, and get ready to be the best you, you can be.
1. Get Your Vision Down
One of the main reasons why owners burnout and lose perspective on what they are working on is simply because they lose grip on the core focus of their business. With all the new duties and responsibilities of being your own boss, it is no surprise that getting distracted from the big picture is something that happens quite often.
To combat this, take some time before your workday to compartmentalize what steps you will be taking to get closer to your final goal. Creating a mental roadmap can help not only on focusing on day to day achievements but also can keep you focused on your overall vision and goals. This should help keep your priorities in check and help you realize why you became so passionate about your idea in the first place.
2. Prioritize and Organize
Though having a coordinated mind is one thing, having an organized workspace is another beast entirely. From dirty coffee mugs to half-read books, to misplaced AirPods, don't let your cluttered desk be a reflection of your actual work. Having an organized work environment is key to getting anything done and staying focused on the task at hand.
Though cleaning, labeling, and filing are the perfect first steps, organizational supplies should be a top priority investment as well. Stock up on ork-boards, filing cabinets, and binders, — all a great excuse to decompress and shop on Amazon when you’re day gets hectic. Investing in the organization of your work is key, not only because it's proven to improve productivity, but your organization and preparation will trickle down into all aspects of your work, making that investment more than valuable in the long run.
3. Invest in some help
It might be a sensitive subject but, it should be said that in fact nobody is perfect, and unfortunately this even includes you. On the bright side, for whatever your faults might happen to be, there is someone out there who has the strengths you're missing.
Whether it's making the jump to hiring a new employee, finding a temp to help you with a short-term problem, or taking the time to train an intern, there has never been a better time to look for someone who fits your needs. Online job sites and message boards have an enormous amount of reach, making it easy to access any skillset you're looking for. In addition, hiring someone is not only an opportunity to improve the efficiency of your business, but it takes some of the weight off your shoulders. It gives you an opportunity to learn how to delegate assignments and effectively build a healthy, robust team.
4. Avoid Frustration
To be frank, life can get frustrating, and as we know the more responsibilities the greater the frustration. It's also certain that frustration and business don't mix; it can cloud your judgment, affect your working relationships, and make you disinterested in the task at hand. So if we can't avoid frustration as we build our business, how do we cope?
You have to change your mindset and get comfortable with the gray areas. Change is inevitable therefore it’s important to learn how to be adapted in times of frustration. Know how to deal with what makes you tick, if you deal with it irrationally, you'll get an irrational outcome. Before you get red with anger, try talking your problem out with someone you trust. Not only will this help relieve your frustration but your friend might even have an answer to your trouble, problem solved! It's also important to know whatever problems may arise, they will soon pass, take a deep breath in and out, and keep on being you.
5. Take care of yourself
The saying, 'health is wealth' is one of the most factual statements in human history; nothing is more important or more valuable than how you treat your body. And just because you're trying to be the best boss you can be, this doesn’t give you an excuse to run your body down. If anything it means you should be in sync with your body and give it the attention it deserves.
Getting enough sleep, eating right, taking breaks to unplug, working out, drinking plenty of water, and cutting down on alcohol — all of these are solutions that can improve your body and business mindset. People value businesses when they can see the humanity within them. To reflect this, it is important that your work is not robotic, and that your mind and body are operating on the proper frequencies. Plus, what is all the anguish, the fighting, and the effort of being an entrepreneur worth if when you can't enjoy and appreciate your best, healthy self?