All entrepreneurs experience burnout at some point as they are starting or growing their business. Burnout is easily to slip into thanks to our hyper connectivity through technology and being able to work from anywhere. Yet burnout is one of the biggest factors to failure because it leads to demotivation in the long run. Here are the top three ways that entrepreneurs can bounce back (and prevent) burnout.
Sometimes we burnout simply because we feel overwhelmed with what’s on our plate. The long list of tasks on our to-do lists can look intimidating day after day. One tactic to feel less overwhelmed and more productive is starting your day earlier than you normally do. This will help you feel like you’ve gotten a jump start to the day and less rushed through your tasks. This in itself helps to bounce back from burnout because we feel more accomplished by simply starting earlier.
Burnout can often occur when we don’t set boundaries in our work life. We end up working late or working on weekends, or missing important events with family and friends because the work bleeds into the personal life. Setting time boundaries ensures that your work doesn’t take up every second of your life which can lead to burnout. Try setting a deadline time everyday where you only work between a certain timeframe, or give yourself a set number of hours to work on weekends. Once you can get a better handle on the balance between your work and personal life, burnout can be healed and prevented.
To prevent burnout from happening in the future, or to work through your current burnout, hiring a coach can be invaluable. A coach gives you a different perspective to look at your current and future workload. A coach can also help you see the opportunity cost for each task on your plate. Adding a new project or responsibility requires that you take your attention off of something else that’s already there. Realizing the opportunity cost with the help of a coach can give you better prioritization for what’s important now or in the future. If you can’t afford a coach, try finding an accountability partner to help you keep from piling too much on yourself.