Entrepreneurs who are in the process of getting a company launched, or in the growth phase of an enterprise, may find themselves living and breathing company business, day and night. And while this can be exhilarating for a while, prolonging this kind of workload can start to feel tiring, even burdensome. You may even feel like you’re getting burnt out on business ownership when you’d barely even begun.
Don’t let a period of intensive work take the joy away from running your business. Instead, strategize for ways to decompress, practice self-care, and protect both yourself and your business from a burnout scenario by following these tips from Cait Hess Design.
Decide on priorities
You can’t do everything all at once. And sometimes, pursuing one goal means setting another aside. If you are trying to do much, and it is harming your business, ask yourself what your priorities are. Are there some projects, such as planning a home remodel, or learning a new skill, that you can put off for a time? Which are the goals that matter most to you right now, and what do you need to do to achieve them without sacrificing your well-being or harming your business success?
Manage your time intelligently
Good time management can make such a world of difference for anyone, especially a busy entrepreneur. This means creating healthy schedules and sticking to them. It’s important that the schedules be realistic because if you keep telling yourself you can accomplish lots of projects in an unreasonably short period of time, you will consistently find yourself cutting corners, failing to meet deadlines, and disappointing clients.
Like it or not, you also need to plan for the unfortunate eventuality of customers not providing payment on time. There are several approaches you can try, from assigning late fees to helping to set up payment plans. You should also take advantage of an invoicing system link Honeybook or Quickbooks to help you maintain precise and orderly records, saving you lots of headaches down the road, helping your business thrive!
Seek Professional Help
When the stress of running a business mounts, having someone to talk to about your life in a professional business coach! You may wonder of you can afford the investment, either the cost or the time commitment. Fortunately, seeing a life coach or a business coach online means that you can meet practically wherever you are, and whether you use your insurance or have to pay out-of-pocket, you can find affordable rates. Choosing an online therapist also means that you get to determine whether a therapist looks like a good match based on your personal needs.
Set healthy boundaries
You need to protect yourself from anything that could suck away your energy during this time. There are some obligations to friends, loved ones, and work that you simply can not shirk, and shouldn’t even try to. Protecting these relationships is, in fact, part of what you are aiming for when you set healthy boundaries. Setting boundaries may mean learning to say no, taking a distance from unhealthy relationships, and setting clear stipulations when people ask you to spend time with them. Even within close relationships, having healthy boundaries is part of what keeps those relationships healthy themselves.
Delegate when you can
If you’re the kind of person who gravitates towards business management, it’s likely that you are motivated, detail-oriented, and feel a strong sense of obligation. This can make for great leadership and managerial qualities but unfortunately, it can also incline you towards micromanaging or feeling like you have to oversee every project. This ends up being stressful for you and exasperating for team members. Employees don’t like to be micromanaged. They do like to be trusted. If you hire people you believe in, you should be able to trust them to do their work, so make it a habit to delegate. This will make for happier workers, a better run business, and less stress for you.
If you are launching or growing your company, there may be some work that you need to do only for a short time, or only occasionally. Though it makes no sense to hire a full-time employee for a project that is temporary or occasional, that doesn’t mean you need to do it yourself, nor that you should ask already busy or overtaxed team members to take on more. Instead, look at hiring freelance professionals, whether you’re working on website design for your new business, or need some guidance in accounting.
Keep your living and workspaces tidy
Disorganized, cluttered, and messy spaces make everything harder. It’s harder to find what you’re looking for. Harder to get around. Harder to find a space to put things in. Also, living in clutter and surrounded by mess tends to make people feel more anxious and depressed, over time. Clear away the clutter and negative energies in your living space and aim for open, clear spaces with plenty of room for storage, as well as lots of light and fresh air. This is something you should aim for both in the workplace and in your personal space. Having a clear and positive space for working and living is an essential part of self-care.
You may be tempted to tell yourself you need to push yourself as hard as possible during this
time. Resist that temptation. Yes, sometimes you need to go the extra mile, and you definitely
don’t want to lose drive and motivation. But overall, you will have better business success if you
protect yourself from stress during this time.
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Article written by: Chelsea Lamb of businesspop.net
How To Protect Your Well-Being While Running Your Business
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Hi, I'm Cait, Owner and Lead Designer at Cait Hess Design! I went to school for Business, but later I realized that I had a passion for design, and helping small businesses and other creatives succeed and giving them the tools needed to chase their dreams.