Burnout is real and a big issue, and it can happen to anyone, and mostly entrepreneurs.
Working as an entrepreneur is not a bed of roses, and the journey can be bumpy and challenging. You can quickly find yourself feeling overwhelmed and burnt out.
In this blog post, let’s explore five simple strategies that entrepreneurs can use to avoid burnout and stay motivated.
Strategy 1: Prioritise Self-Care
I remember when I first started my journey as an entrepreneur, and I told myself that I needed to have that boundless energy to continue to function and make my business a success. And after a year and a few months, I felt I was burning out.
As an entrepreneur, you are constantly working long hours when you first start. You are skipping meals and, at times, neglecting your personal life. Self-care takes a backseat.
Self-care can take many forms, from taking breaks throughout the day to practising mindfulness or meditation.
Strategy 2: Set Realistic Goals
Entrepreneurs are known for their ambition and drive, but setting unrealistic goals can lead to burnout and a lack of motivation.
Set realistic goals that you can achieve within a reasonable time period.
Setting achievable SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goals can help you stay motivated.
Completing a goal, no matter how small the goal is, gives you that sense of accomplishment. You will feel motivated – able to tackle the next challenge and ready to take on the world.
Strategy 3: Take Breaks
We need to take breaks (even if they are small) throughout the day is essential for avoiding burnout.
Taking these breaks can help you recharge and refocus.
Here are some of the breaks I tend to do:
1. Make myself a cup of coffee. Thank goodness for the Nespresso machine.
Or if I want to take my time, I will grab a coffee in Starbucks or Caffe Nero nearby.
These precious few minutes when I make a cup of coffee, allow me to step away from my work and take a mental break. My business is in Technology, and I do a lot of thinking and problem-solving. It is a constant part of my work.
So, this quick coffee break helps me a lot.
2. I go for a quick walk outside the office. I normally do about 10-15 minutes around the block. Going for a walk outside the office can boost your mood and energy levels because you get some exercise during the day and you get to enjoy the fresh air.
3. Do some indoor gardening. I have some plants in my office. I water them or clean the dead leaves.
Sometimes, if you need some inspiration or you feel stressed or overwhelmed, taking a break can make you think clearly and return to your work with a fresh perspective.
Some people prefer to take short breaks (about 10-20 minutes) throughout the day, while others find it helpful to take longer breaks (20minutes+) at specific intervals.
Strategy 4: Delegate Tasks
I keep falling into the trap of wanting to do everything myself because, first and foremost, I want to save costs. This is a common thing that entrepreneurs do when starting their business.
I did learn the hard way that trying to do everything can lead to burnout and a lack of motivation.
That’s why it’s essential to delegate tasks to others.
Delegating tasks is excellent as it can help you maintain that healthy work-life balance you so crave and avoid burnout.
It can also help you focus on the critical task of your business and let others handle the rest.
In my case, I delegate a lot of tasks gladly. I delegated most of my administrative tasks to my PA (personal assistant). Often entrepreneurs like myself delegate tasks to their VAs (Virtual Assistants) or EAs (Executive Assistants). Some of the financial stuff to my bookkeeper and also my accountant. And when it comes to legals, I do run things by my solicitors. Having these delegated tasks completed allows me to dedicate more time towards fulfilling other items on my agenda that still require attention.
Strategy 5: Stay Connected
Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey.
Build relationships with other entrepreneurs and like-minded individuals who can offer support and guidance. You can attend networking events or join a mentorship program.
As you attend these, you can build a support system that can help you navigate the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.
Burnout is a real problem for entrepreneurs, but it’s not inevitable.
When we prioritise self-care, set realistic goals, take breaks, delegate tasks, and stay connected, we entrepreneurs can avoid burnout and stay motivated.
So, take a deep breath, prioritise your well-being, and keep hustling.
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