Inevitably, no matter how much you love your job and your small business, you’re going to burn out.
You work exceptionally hard, after all, and even setting aside unforeseen pressures and angry customers and, I dunno,hurricanes, you’ve got plenty on your plate. Sometime in your career, you’ll go through a burnout phase or two, where nothing seems to go right and you can barely rouse yourself from bed in the morning to head to the office.
The first step is not to press on and wait for it to go away. In fact, that’s a terrible idea. If the job is the source of your stress, it stands to reason that it will continue to be a source of stress for you. Dealing with that stress is the only way to alleviate it.
In that vein, here’s a few ways to fight back against burnout.
4 Tips To Cooling Burnout
- Take a vacation. It’s a tried and true method, but it works because it gets you out of the office and allows you to re-focus and relax a little. Sometimes a fresh perspective and a week away is enough to get you through the tough times.
- Talk to your employees about ceding a little control. Maybe you really need to put your efforts into one area and get rid of some of the background noise. Your employees can certainly help you with that, at least for a short time.
- Shut off e-mail for a day. If you have an assistant, have them call your attention only to critically important items. Cancel meetings and just get down to work. You’d be surprised how much time that can free up by doing that.
- Take a hard look at what’s causing your stress. All three of the previous strategies will work in the short-term, and often that’s enough to lift the burnout. Not always, though, and that’s why you need to understand what stresses you out most profoundly. Can you get rid of it, limit your exposure to it or figure out a better way to manage it? That’s what you need to do.
Following these tips and tailoring them to your business will allow you to start to figure out why you’re burning out and hopefully lessen that burnout or eliminate it entirely. Really.
How do you deal with business burnout?
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