5 Atypical Ways to Keep Burnout at Bay
Burnout is high for women business owners.
We are juggling many responsibilities at best and if you’re a solopreneur or seriously bootstrapping, you’re often juggling every role within your business as well.
Add to your work responsibilities, managing your home, caring for your kids and caring for yourself, it’s not surprising you’re feeling on the verge of massive burnout.
Or alternatively, you want to throw up your hands and take a job as a barista.
If you’re feeling like your work is getting the best of you, give this a read.
Here are 5 tips to prevent you from taking a dive into Burnout Bay.
1 | Find Your 3
A close friend of mine suggested this years ago and whenever I find that I’m overwhelmed with my to-do list I return to this trick.
Select only three items – that’s right, just 3 things- that you will accomplish that day. Preferably pick items that will significantly move your business forward rather that just easy, mindless tasks.
After that you can do all your other to-do items but knowing you’ve done the significant work (first) will create success while preventing burn out.
2 | Go and Play
As busy mompreneurs we can often sit on the playground sidelines sometimes begrudging the fact that we have so much work to do. We just sit there monitoring our kids while they’re enjoying themselves. Why can’t we have some play time too?
Instead of incessantly checking your email or pissed that you could be spending your valuable time working, why not jump up and play with your kids? Coach a team, play tag, kick around a soccer ball.
You can make up your own games or just jump on the swing next to them and swing to your hearts content. Play can be a healthy balance to the heady work of creating a business. If you don’t have kids find other ways to incorporate play into your day.
3 | Find Your Uniform
I went to Catholic school for 13 years and one of the best aspects is that you never had to think about what you will wear because it was already decided for you – a uniform!
Boy, do I miss those days! Although if you look at my closet, a stylist might say I pretty much have regressed my fashion sense back to my school days. Leggins and tunics in winter. Linen pants and tee’s in the summer.
Creating routines or habits truly takes the edge off. They give you one less thing to think or ruminate about; one less decision to make. You don’t have to wear the same thing everyday but create some habits and routines (around clothes or other areas of your life) that keep burnout at bay.
For example, dedicate 10 minutes each morning to meditating or 30 minutes of exercise right before you sign off for the day. One of my favorites: schedule your social media “check ins” for the same block of time each day then close it down and forget about it! These tiny habits and rituals take so much less energy. And don’t we ALL want more energy.
4 | Pause
Remember that running a business is a long game… a very long game.
If you are pushing hard and have been for some time now, perhaps it’s time to take a break. Most people will say, push through, stay the course, keep going, but sometimes you just need to pause.
Even sprinters don’t keep on running. They sprint then stop. They sprint then stop. Take an afternoon completely off, take a weekend or better yet a whole week and refresh, recharge and reset. We often refuse to take the necessary time off (yes that means holidays too!) to fully refresh. Make it a point.
5 | Get a Hobby
And it’s not your business!
First off please remind yourself daily that your business is not your hobby.
I know you’re strapped for time and the idea of adding one more item to your list sounds unimaginable. Often we get burned out because we’re 110% focused on our business and a handful of other significant responsibilities in our life. It’s not surprising we’re feeling burned out. We wake up to find we have disconnected from other areas of our lives and other interests that stimulate and refresh us. Take a pottery class, dedicate a set time each week to reading a (non-business related) book, cook a new recipe every Thursday, schedule 1 hour every week where you visit a new museum, book store, or art gallery. Learn how to finally use your camera. Most entrepreneurs are creatives at heart. Explore other sides of your creativity.
Do you have other great tips that have worked to keep burnout at bay? Share you tips below!
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