Job burnout is a special type of work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. “Burnout” isn’t a medical diagnosis. Some experts think that other conditions, such as depression, are behind burnout.
Running your business is often more than a full-timejob. As a result, it is common for small business owners’ lives to become unbalanced, where work takes over every other thing. The urgent takes over the important. If you find yourself stressed out, burned out, or worn out, take
a moment to assess your total health picture – the physical, spiritual, social and psychological aspects of who you are. There is a cost associated with overwork.
The trouble is, we usually don’t realize how much it will cost until the cost is too much.
Given that the stress of running a small business will always exist, it’s important that you recognize your limits and be proactive about preventing burnout.
What would happen if you crashed physically or emotionally and weren’t there to run your business for six months? To avoid that scenario, watch for the
physical and emotional signs that things are getting
out of control – an inability to keep your emotions
in check, sleepless nights, episodes of panic,
irritability, depression, or an inability to cope with
daily stress. Beating burnout requires preventative
action. Here are some things to think about.
Decide What’s Important to You – if meeting your
sales quotas each month is more important than
spending time with your family, you may choose
to delegate your time accordingly. Unfortunately,
most of us say our families and our health are
more important than the bottom line, but we don’t
make the necessary changes to incorporate that
belief into our actions.
Deciding what’s important
to you will assist you in adjusting your work
schedule to make sure the things you value are
receiving your attention.
Learn to Say No – people who are successful
usually say yes a lot, but the people who are
successful and wise, learn when to say no. Adding
other activities to your life may get you further
ahead faster, but in the big picture of what’s
important to you, does it matter if it takes a little
longer to get there if it means allowing yourself to
also spend time on what you value?
Ask for Help – small business owners are notorious
for feeling as if they need to do it all, or that they’re
the only ones who can do it. Asking for help is not a
sign of weakness, but rather a sign of wisdom and
strength. Realize when you’ve reached your limit
and then give things away. Delegate. Ask others to
assist you with difficult tasks. You are capable, but
letting others help means you can choose to focus
on what’s important to you.
Simplify Your Life – the more you have, the more
you have to worry about, to store, clean or fix.
Routinely get rid of things you don’t use and/
or don’t need. Reduce the clutter both at home
and at work. Reduce the clutter in terms of your
commitments. Do you really need to be involved in