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...
Are you a creature of habit? Depending on those habits, your behavioural patterns may be contributing to your burnout. Maintaining behavioural patterns that set you up for overwhelm and failure will lead to burnout - if you don't get a handle on them and learn to correct their impact.
Some typical burnout-inducing behaviours:
Procrastination - Putting things off is the biggest contributing factor to burnout. All due dates come eventually. Procrastinating leads to last-minute chaos and frenzy trying to make up for lost time. What once could have been an easy task with plenty of time to complete becomes a looming disaster with no time to spare.
Passive-aggression - Avoiding necessary conflict and refusing to address important issues leads to burnout. Resentments and anger flare up even when suppressed, and while we may not intentionally take harmful action, oftentimes some passive-aggressive behaviours start to emerge.
Not saying "no" - Saying "yes" to everything really means saying...
Here are 5 more of my top tips to cracking self-discipline.
1. Watch Out for Downtime Anxiety
The sad fact about entrepreneurs is that the more we do, the more we feel compelled to do. We start to feel anxious or guilty if we find ourselves with downtime … so we fill it in.
Stop. That’s just another way of punishing yourself for success.
2. Procrastinator is an Indicator, Not a Sin
If you find yourself always procrastinating before starting a specific task or activity, treat it as a friend. Don’t beat yourself up with a bunch of ‘should’ self-reproaches. Procrastination is a clue that something isn’t working for you. Either it needs to be dropped, delegated, automated or outsourced, or you are feeling intimidated and need to give yourself a pep talk and Just Do It.
In either case, take the time to identify what’s causing you to procrastinate, and you’ll be able to apply the right solution without shame or blame … or further...
While there are common causes and reasons for procrastination, there are even more “cures”. Here are 7 ideas to find strategies that work for you.
1. Banish Guilt
If you’ve been a procrastinator since childhood, it may have been made worse by overly-authoritarian parents or teachers. Procrastination can also be a type of avoidance behavior, where those who feel habitually feel powerless take back personal power in the only way known to them—procrastination on tasks they are ordered to do.
Along with avoidance-based procrastination unfortunately goes its offshoots—guilt and shame. We hear the voices of those authority figures telling us that we “blew it again”, “can’t be depended on”; even all-or-nothing statements like “you’re a complete failure” (usually accompanied by comparisons to a perfect sibling or neighborhood example)—long after we’ve grown up and...