Entrepreneurs work long hours. That’s normal when you create a new business or start on an important project. Although this is normal these long hours lead to entrepreneur burnout. When that happens the individual’s mental and physical health deteriorates. In addition, their productivity falls which could lead to problems within their business. How can you avoid this? The best way is to focus on self-care. Yet, how can you do that when you have to work? Here’s a couple of tips.
Create a Work Schedule To Avoid Entrepreneur Burnout
The first tip on how to focus on self-care and avoid entrepreneur burnout is to create a work schedule. Since you are working for yourself you have the power to create your own schedule…usually. There will be times where you have to meet a customer’s deadline but hopefully that will be the exception and not the rule.
I wrote an article about how to create a work schedule that you can read here. That article focuses more about how to get your daily tasks done so you don’t stress out. To add onto those ideas you can schedule in time for you to relax.
Yes, I want you to create a block of time where you will take a break. And I want you to actually take a break. Go outside and get fresh air. Take a trip to the gym and work out. Lay on the couch and read a book. Do something that isn’t work-related. This way your brain takes a break and your body gets to recharge.
I like to play video games and read books. No, I don’t do both at the same time. However, I enjoy reading a book during the middle of the afternoon and right before I go to bed. The same goes with video games. When I take my lunch break I like to get in about 30 minutes of gaming. It’s just so nice to take the time to relax and enjoy a hobby.
Realize The Realities Of Focusing On Money That Leads To Entrepreneur Burnout
The second tip on how to focus on self-case and avoid entrepreneur burnout is to realize the realities of focusing solely on money: You will probably ruin your health in the process.
I know this personally. This September will mark two years since my aunt died of cancer. She was a woman who worked quite a bit. She was a teacher for an online college and sometimes she would work for two different colleges at a time teaching classes. On top of that she tried her hands at different businesses. One time she had a hair care line. Another time she wrote a play and hired people to perform it. She did all this and more while married with children. Why? Because her focus was on money. My aunt wanted to make money and lots of it. While she did accomplish her goal at one point she died at the age of 55. That’s quite young.
I’m not saying working solely for money is bad. We all have to work to survive. Yet, when the desire of money overtakes your need to relax that’s a problem. I remember being over-worked and needing multiple days of doing nothing to rebound. I was mentally and physically spent. Since I stopped over-working I feel so much better! I know it will be hard to reduce the number of your working hours but it’s worth it.
Finally, having a large bank account or net worth is great and all, but you won’t be able to enjoy it if your health is bad.