It’s not uncommon to work extra hours when you first launch your business. Your passion, excitement and eagerness removes all sense of time. Over time, the extended workday turns into extended workweeks and, before long, what fueled your start-up passion, has turned into a deadly habit that’s killing you and your business.
However, small business owners can take charge and implement these strategies to put a stop to business burnout.
1. Don’t work extra hours
If you realise that you’re always taking work home with you, you’re unable to ever switch off or down-time is simply non-existent, you might be on the road to running out of steam, and that, in turn, can easily lead to burnout.
When the clock strikes closing time, turn off all your devices. Your body and mind need time to renew after a day of decision-making.
2. Take breaks
As an entrepreneur, it’s vital that you schedule breaks during your day so that you can continually reset and recharge. You can set a reminder on your phone to get up and away from your desk at regular intervals? Stretching your legs, getting some fresh air or taking the time to chat with colleagues are all great ways to revive yourself and come back to your to-do list feeling more energized.
3. Set goals
Rather than focus on your to-do list, prioritize your day based on the actions needed to achieve your business goals. By being goal-oriented rather than time-oriented, you’ll eliminate unnecessary tasks and achieve much more.
Entrepreneurs like to do it all by themselves. Hand over suitable tasks to skilled employees or vendors that support your business objectives. It frees your vision and creativity.
5. Stay healthy
Maintain a healthy lifestyle. You are the captain of your business; therefore, your ability to stay healthy is crucial. Although many small business owners don’t feel they have the time to exercise, or watch their diet, but studies show that healthy and fit entrepreneurs have higher sales than even those who aren’t!
As an entrepreneur, you can completely avoid burnout. You’re going to be in business for a long time so learn to keep business burnout away.