Whether you're an entrepreneur or small business owner, you know there are days when all those hats you wear weigh a little heavier on your head.
Maybe you're just tired and unengaged. Or maybe you're not interested in the work anymore. Or maybe your entrepreneurial bang has turned into a bit of a whimper.
Getting a little tired every now and then is normal, especially if you're an entrepreneur who's brings the bacon and fries it up in the pan.
However, when you find yourself at the same level of exhaustion after year three or four of your start-up, it's time to take stock to see if that intermittent exhaustion is turning into a full-fledged burn out.
Here are four tips to help you manage stress and avoid burnout:
1. Adjust your expectations
Understanding that your business will likely not become an overnight success will allow for more realistic goals and expectations.
2. Focus on the big picture
Especially as founder of a start-up, you are likely the resident jack-of-all-trades. With that, it is probably difficult at times to keep your overall goal in mind when you have to do everything for the business.
3. Know when to turn off
Always give 100 percent at work, avoiding unnecessary personal emails, calls, etc.. But at the end of the, call it a day. Keeping a hard boundary between personal and work life helps to make you more productive at work. Scheduling time off – weekends, evenings, and vacations – is also an important component.
Coupled with scheduled breaks, regular exercise helps to rejuvenate both your mind and body to help you work more efficiently and effectively.
Content contributed by Meredith Soniat, Metro New Orleans Sourcelink
Metro New Orleans Sourcelink is a proud affiliate of U.S. Sourcelink, America's largest resource network for entrepreneurs.