Job burn out is a very real thing, whether you work for a large company or you work for yourself.
Slowly, over time, you start hitting the snooze button; you procrastinate about starting projects; you suffer from writer’s block when it comes to creating products; and you don’t look forward to working with clients.
It may seem to come on suddenly, but these easy-to-miss signs start slowly and snowball until you question if you still want to continue with your business. So, if you've just started your own VA practice or freelance business, it's worth reading about what can happen, now, so you can watch out for any signs.
No one is immune to this dilemma but there are ways you can prevent it from happening.
1. Interview client prospects carefully. The interview process is crucial for weeding out high-maintenance clients and to eliminate those who don’t want to do the work. I like to call them vampire clients: they suck the energy right out of you...
Burnout happens for a reason. It can be your friend, if you don’t ignore it. People who have dealt with stress and burnout have stopped wasting time in jobs or relationships that made them unhappy.
Burnout can be a signal that it’s time … to take charge now and create the stress-free, happy life—and business—you’ve always wanted.
Here are my last 7 tips about how to recognise and heal from business burnout.
1. Get To-Dos Out of Your Head
Use easy To-Do apps like Asana.
2. Focus on Your Goal
When you complete a task, or finish a morning or stop for a break, check in with yourself. Ask yourself how much closer you are to finishing your goal.
Give yourself positive self-talk every time you take even one step closer.
3. Change Your Desk Photographs Regularly
Put photographs of people, places or pets on your desk—ones that remind you how lucky you are, or that you’re loved; or that remind you of a goal or dream.
I used to think writing a journal was a complete and utter waste of time.
Then I did it for a year.
One day early on in the following year when I was feeling a bit low and telling myself I had not achieved very much over the last twelve months, I picked up my journal and started dipping into it over the months.
Do you know what I found?
I found that I had actually achieved a lot. Personally and professionally.
It brought back memories of when I ran off the edge of a cliff and loved every minute of it (I was attached to a parachute at the time! I booked a tandem paragliding session and went for it. I don’t like heights but I did it anyway).
The cliff was 3000 metres up and I can remember feeling a sense of freedom like I have never felt before when we were soaring over the land below.
That memory made me smile and brought everything back into perspective.
Check out my Facebook page for that memory.
In my journal, I also learned to write down on a daily basis what I was grateful...