How To Recognise And Heal From Business Burnout – Part 1 of 5

Dealing with business burnout involves facing hidden habits we may not even be aware we have … and getting to the cause of them. Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Stop the Hurry Before You Start

Many entrepreneurs rush into the day’s business activities without pausing for breath. This doesn’t just mean eating a healthy breakfast and meditating. It also applies when you sit down at your desk and begin to work.

Take the first 15-30 minutes to plan your day. Clean up your desktop, close unnecessary browser tabs, if you have left them open. Check your To-Do list.  Determine your priorities. Turn on any productivity apps you are using… then go.

2. Remove Clutter and Distractions

Clutter can be confusing and distracting. Clean off your desk; either at night or first thing before you start work (whichever feels better to you).

Donate or toss any item on your desktop and in your home office that doesn’t give you pleasure or inspiration, or is not useful. Consider also donating or tossing any items, books or office supplies that you haven’t used for the last six months.

3. De-Clutter Your Browser

Time to take a look at all those bookmarks! Delete any that no longer serve a purpose and create more appropriate folders, if you need to.

Remove apps and extensions you aren’t using. They are only slowing your computer down.

4. Prepare for Unforeseen Interruptions

Don’t schedule every last minute of the day: Leave a block of time for the unexpected—that project that’s taking a little longer; the webinar that runs overtime (but it’s really valuable!); picking your sick child up at school; chatting to a business client or contact that you really need to speak to.

If you don’t use up your “spillover” time, use it to finish work early, or take an unscheduled Yoga break!

5. Leave Room for Your Social Life

Make sure you have a healthy, active social life—even if you have to structure it. Join that weekly book club. Arrange to meet your BFF for coffee every Friday at 10 a.m.

Volunteer one night a week at your PTA or a cause that’s dear to your heart—and be prepared to say “No” when they want more time!

6. Remove Time Drains

Track your time for a week. Where do you lose productivity? Is there any pay-off to the activity where you’re not “productive”? Is there a fix you can apply? (For example, dropping a task, outsourcing it, using different software or apps, changing the time of day when you tackle it?)

7. Find What Energises You

Burnout and stress both melt away when you find what it is about your business that truly energises you. Once you’ve identified these areas or activities, get rid of the rest—automate, delegate or outsource—and spend more time on the parts of your business that you love.


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