Fatigue and burnout are seldom discussed among women business owners. Nevertheless, it is a prominent issue that needs to be addressed. Several signs could indicate that you are experiencing burnout. These include:
If any of these sounds like you, it’s time to hit the reset button. You cannot work with others when you are fatigued and burned out. It is very easy for clients and customers to sense your burnout, which could result in loss of business.
Here are six ways by which you can avoid burnout as a woman business owner:
As a business owner, you have a zillion things to take care of and it can be easy to get overwhelmed. It is important to remember that you don’t need to do everything at once. Visit your task list and prioritize all the activities. It is also helpful to break the tasks into small manageable segments. Once you have prioritized your list, focus on completing only the top 3 items of the list.
Unless you have complete control of your day-to-day business administration activities, data, and mundane tasks, you might find yourself getting easily stressed out. Lack of organization can lead to a lot of distractions, causing you to lose focus. Take time to organize your computer, desk, as well as processes in your business so that you can avoid stress-induced burnout.
Another aspect of organization is setting a working schedule. Many of us work better if we have specific work hours. Set standard working hours, whether it is 9-5 or different shifts, whichever works best for you. But once you have set your work time, stick to it. No checking emails or replying to an SMS after work hours.
The next most important thing to avoid burnout is to take regular breaks. If you have a packed schedule, this might be next to impossible for you. One of the best ways to achieve this is by scheduling time-off in your day as if it were another meeting. So, aim at keeping at least 30 minutes in the day for a leisure activity that you like. This could be taking a walk, reading a book, or just taking time to reflect and meditate.
Everyone has activities that need to be done, but they don’t love doing them. You might tend to procrastinate on these tasks by putting them off for later. This can make the process painful and long-drawn, creating unnecessary stress. It is best to create a plan to handle them and get them off your list at the earliest.
To maximize the use of your time and make the best of your skill sets, it is vital to delegate. Identify your weaknesses and tasks that take you longer to complete. Once you have done that, find people in your team who have the required skills and delegate effectively.
Review your past successes from time to time. A glimpse into the past, where you started, and how you’ve managed to come so far can provide you with the drive and motivation you need at the moment. Take time to acknowledge yourself, and celebrate your accomplishments.
Avoiding burnout protects your time and helps you focus on your priorities. Don’t forget to include a short vacation every once in a while, so that you return refreshed and rejuvenated to achieve higher productivity.
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