Is running your business making you feel stressed , disillusioned and completely worn out? Is every day a bad day and you feel exhausted all the time ? Then its time to take some time off. Or you will be heading straight towards a burnout. Devoting every waking hour to your work may be zapping your strength. If this is the case, it’s important to deal with it right away.
Apply the Approach of the ‘Three Rs”
Recognize the warning signs of burnout. Reverse or undo the damage by managing stress and seeking support. Build Your Resilience by taking care of your physical and emotional health. You can get back your balance by evaluating priorities, taking me-time for yourself and finding support. The following tips will keep you from going over the edge
Give every job only the due attention
When on a job, make sure that the focus you are putting in does not outweigh the payoff. The work should properly align with the business goal. Ordinary every day jobs can take a back seat when there is a customer proposal or presentation to be completed. Weigh the outcome and get on with the job that may brings you tangible returns.
Stop being a ‘Do it All’
Take that load off your shoulder. You don’t have to do everything by yourself. Yes, you can do it better than others, but you can’t control everything. Lighten the work burden by learning to delegate. Allocate jobs to your trusted subordinates and employees. Its leaves you some breathing space.
Don’t take work home
Set some very strict rules for yourself. Never carry the work burden home. Make it a rule to not even answer business emails or text messages after office hours. Keep the weekend exclusively for yourself. Respond if inevitable on Sunday night. This gives you precious family time and pure hours of peace.
If a Vacation is Due- Just Take it
If it seems ages since you took a vacation- do it now. Its absolutely necessary that you reserve a part of your weekend time off for yourself. To unwind , to de -stress. Make this time non- negotiable . Bar all calls, messages or emails.
Keeping stress at bay is important for your health and the management of your small business. Recognize the warning symptoms and balance personal life, work and time off in a way that keeps you up and about and not heading for a burnout.