Feeling like sleeping more, and doing (a lot) less? Are even your favorite clients starting to grate on your nerves a little? And are casual Fridays getting embarrassingly more casual?
You, my entrepreneurially-minded friend, might be suffering from burnout.
Burnout has become a buzzword over the past few years, partly because more and more people are becoming their own bossâ€”and then working themselves into the ground. All too often, youâ€™re placing demands on yourselves that suck your batteries dry, without taking the time to recharge the core elements that really drive your business: your spirit, focus, and smarts.
That ends today. Itâ€™s time to redefine your time.
You need to decide what your time looks like, what it means to you, and how you want to run your business. If that trifecta doesnâ€™t exist, itâ€™s time to take another pass at the way time management is set up in your biz.
Remember, you canâ€™t pour from an empty cup: You canâ€™t give your customers what they need if your source is running dry.
Hereâ€™s what you need to know about waving buh-bye to burnout.
1 | Self care isnâ€™t selfishâ€”itâ€™s an investment.
When you run a business, itâ€™s easy to put yourself at the very bottom of your priority list. Itâ€™s time to flip that hierarchy around, because without you? None of that shiny stuff youâ€™ve been working on is going to happen.
If you take good care of yourself, that directly pays off for your clients. The better you feel, the better you do, and the more value you bring.
If youâ€™re scheduled up the wazoo leaving yourself no time to think, you wonâ€™t do your best work. Think about those days when you jump from one call to the next with minimal downtimeâ€”do you finish work that day feeling like youâ€™ve done your best work, or just that youâ€™ve rattled through the items on your to-do list?
In order to approach your tasks with a clear head you need to schedule in some time to relax, let your thoughts marinate, and refocus before diving into the next project.
That doesnâ€™t mean ditching the laptop for the massage tableâ€”unless that works for you. (In which case, get that tension out of your shoulders, and remember to tip your masseuse.) Just make sure youâ€™re taking a real step awayâ€”plus, a proper lunch break. We see you eating al desko for the fourth time this week.
You can get a fresh perspective just by changing up your environment. Get your best ideas in the shower? Consider a standing appointment with your water pressure on the days when you need to brainstorm.
We guarantee youâ€™ll be running back to your desk having cracked that tricky problem thatâ€™s been plaguing you all week.
Making time for the things that revitalize you will make you more relaxed, nimble at dealing with whatever gets thrown your way, and your clients will see a brighter, more focused (and possibly cleaner) you. Thatâ€™s a you theyâ€™ll want to hire again and again.
You can only make your clients feel as good as you feel. So, if you pass on that fresh vision and rejuvenated energy, then theyâ€™ll do betterâ€”and so will your business. Pretty soon, youâ€™re in a positive feedback loop where you and your clients are consistently lifting each other up. All it took was one shower, massage, or well-made sandwich to help everyone succeed a little more.
2 | You can say no to things, even when you â€śhaveâ€ť the time.
Just because you can do something, it doesnâ€™t mean you should. That blank section in your perfectly color-coordinated planner? Itâ€™s not blank just so you can fill it at a momentâ€™s notice. Actually, if weâ€™re sticking with this analogy, you should have a color thatâ€™s exclusively for blocking in time thatâ€™s just for you, not your work.
Just because youâ€™re not focusing on a particular thing, or producing work every minute of the day, it doesnâ€™t mean that time is wasted. In fact, itâ€™s the most important part of your day, and you need to safeguard it like a Rottweiler with a bone (only hopefully less drooly).
Why? Because youâ€™re not your business.
Youâ€™ll forget that from time to timeâ€”we always do, because we love our work. So, make sure that , and fiercely protect that time for yourself.
If you want to really shift into a you-centric headspace, keep a candle you light whenever youâ€™re taking that quiet time, or a playlist that you only listen to while youâ€™re enjoying your downtime. Some sort of ritual like that will help your brain and body realize that itâ€™s time to finally relax.
And donâ€™t, under any circumstance, check your dang email until itâ€™s time to get back to work.
3 | Do what works for you, not for someone else.
The one thing everyone says when they start working for themselves is that they want to be in charge of their own time. So why do we always end up mimicking the way other people plan their days?
The world doesnâ€™t run 9-to-5 anymore, and weâ€™ve got the 3am pad thai order to prove it.
There are so many articles that talk about the five things business heroes do before the sun ever comes up. But there should also be articles about the woman whoâ€™s crushing it by getting up at 10, because thatâ€™s what works for her.
Now, think about how you want your day to look.
Do you feel sharpest from 6amâ€”11am? If so, concentrate your strategy and coaching calls in that window. Same goes if youâ€™re sharpest for 3pmâ€”6pm. If youâ€™re a serious night owl, think about what fit your peak energy and focus times, and start hustling up some global business.
Or think about what you want to do to stay refreshed. If you want to swim or surf or just gaze moodily at the waves, check out when high tide is and block that time out. (FYI: It changes constantly, so itâ€™s a fun way of reminding yourself that thereâ€™s a whole universe that doesnâ€™t care about traditional business hours.)
There are no wrong answers here! You became an entrepreneur to make the rules. So make them.
4 | Implement your new boundaries.
Itâ€™s one thing to set your boundariesâ€”itâ€™s another thing to actually keep them. Luckily, thatâ€™s where Acuity comes in.
By , people simply canâ€™t book you then. (It feels like magic. Itâ€™s actually just technology.) Once in the bluest moon, someone will reach out requesting availability during your off hours. When that happens, youâ€™re in the happy circumstance of getting to choose to take that appointment, or prioritize your time away from the computer.
Whenever youâ€™re out of office, whether mentally or emotionally, set up an autoresponder letting clients know. If Wednesdays are blocked off for pottery painting, set that expectation with your clients, and create a quick little responder with your email client that clues your clients in. Before you know it, theyâ€™ll automatically adapt around your boundaries so everyone has the best experience possible.
And while tech is useful for the mechanics of prioritizing your own time, nothing quite beats holding yourself accountable to another personâ€”something thatâ€™s tricky when you work for yourself. Whether itâ€™s your partner (business or romantic), your coach, or your therapist, you need someone to help you put yourself first.
Like raising kiddos, or renovating the bathroom that was supposed to be a weekend project, sometimes it takes a village.
Work/life balance doesnâ€™t have to be a myth anymore.
After all, hobbies arenâ€™t just for lockdownâ€”theyâ€™re for life. If you build great non-work activities into your schedule, youâ€™ll be more motivated to keep that time free, whether itâ€™s windsurfing at sunset, or walking your dog during lunch.
So many of us live to work, but itâ€™s crucial we donâ€™t run headlong into burnout. Instead of feeling exhausted, fuzzy, cranky, and stressed, set aside the time to treat yourself as well as youâ€™d treat your clients
So when youâ€™re away from your desk? Youâ€™re giving your biz the best gift it could getâ€”a refreshed you, excited and ready to tackle the next challenge.
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