Burnout often comes with entrepreneurship. They key is to not let yourself get to this point. These tips can help you take control of your life:
Create daily rituals. Maybe you like to go for a morning run, sip a cup of tea over breakfast or stretch before bedtime. Allow yourself to have a a diversion, which can free up your brain’s bandwidth to sort out problems and be more creative.
Regain control of your schedule. Email can be a time-suck, but often a necessary evil. Consider turning off notifications on your devices and only checking email or social accounts every few hours. If something is really urgent, the person will call you. Email can wait.
Delegate. You don’t have to do it all. If you have employees, can you divide the workload among them? If you’re flying solo, you might consider outsourcing time-consuming tasks, through websites like TaskRabbit.
Be good to you. Eat well, exercise and be sure to get enough sleep. Get a massage. Take a nap. The mind-body connection is real. Honor your limitations and don’t be afraid to set boundaries.
Say “no” more. You don’t have to take every job you’re offered. It’s OK to be selective about clientele and projects, especially when there are better uses of your time and skills. You can’t be everything to everyone. Sometimes you have to think long-term gains versus short-term rewards.
Running a business isn’t for everyone, but neither is working for someone else. The perks often outweigh the frustrations.