Entrepreneurship is not a walk in the park and that’s why many entrepreneurs overwork themselves until the point of burning out. I used to think I can manage my schedule very well and erroneously thought I was immune to being burned out until recently when I felt the pressure like never before. I simply had to put everything on hold to take care of myself. If you’ve never been burned out, this is for you so you can learn how to continue to prevent yourself from being burned out and if you frequently experience burnouts, this is for you as well.
Burning yourself out can have serious irreparable consequences and if you truly care about your passion, vision and results, you need to start paying more attention to taking care of your physical body and mental health.
5 Practical Tips to Prevent You From Burning Out as an Entrepreneur
Delegate: I am one of those people that used to find it hard to delegate but I had to learn the hard way because I simply could not keep up.
As an entrepreneur, I know you are a superstar and most times you feel like you were sent to save the world. But guess what? No one can save the world.
What then should you do when it seems like you have more than a million tasks to handle? The answer is “delegate.” Delegate tasks to people around you. You can divide your tasks into negotiable and non-negotiable. The negotiable tasks should be tasks that you are not naturally built for but are necessary to keep your business moving. The non-negotiable tasks should be tasks that you are naturally built for, can do with ease and can do it the best. Delegating will increase your sense of balance and accomplishment.
Take time off: Sometimes, as an entrepreneur, you may feel like the earth will stop rotating around the sun the moment you take a break. This makes you become scared of staying away from the day-to-day activities of your business. Truth is when you take time off, the earth will not stop rotating around the sun neither will the world come to an end. Things will go on normally and you’ll be better for it. Taking time off does not necessarily mean going to exotic places. It may mean taking a tour around your local vicinity.
Listen to less news: This may seem counter-intuitive because listening to the news is supposed to keep you informed of the latest things happening in the world around you. However, staying glued to the news will increase your burnout episodes. The world is going crazy and when you load yourself with negative information all day, it makes you more agitated, makes you feel like you are losing control and ultimately leads to burnout.
Learn to say “NO”: “No” is a two-letter word yet it’s one of the, if not the most difficult words to say. Our world is filled with people who constantly demand our attention, time, and even money to our own detriment. The pressure of having to say “yes” to everyone leads us to replace important things with things that are detrimental. I have found that, when you say “No” more often, people respect you more than when you say “yes” and you are not fully committed to what you said yes to. Do you find it difficult to say “No”? Now that you’ve read this, go ahead and say NO so you can feel less pressured and do you know the best thing? Saying “no” helps to keep burn out at bay!
Plan your day: Many times, it is the failure to plan one’s day that leads to burnout. Why? It is because the failure to plan your day lures you into working on unplanned tasks which leads you to bite more than you can chew. If you plan your day, it gives you the opportunity to recognize unplanned tasks when they come your way and that way you are more inclined to not focus on tasks that will add so much pressure on you.
At the end of the day, it is important to realize that if you frequently burn out, not only would it hurt you and your business, it would also hurt those who depend on you. You’ve got one body, do not overwork it just because you are an entrepreneur. Take care of yourself so you can continue to do what you love for as long as you can.
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