10 warning signs of burnout

Matches on a row with one burnedAs an entrepreneur, chances are you’re a high achiever. Let’s face it, you have to be if your business is to succeed.

You’re passionate about what you do; however, that often comes at a price. It’s called burnout and if your business has ever felt “hard” to you, then you’re at risk.

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3 essential steps to avoid burnout

BurnoutI’m going to be totally honest with you. Sometimes, it’s freaking hard to run a business.

This morning, I woke up and I thought to myself, how I would love to play hooky from my work. Just “call in sick” and spend the day on the couch, or go for a long walk, or just do nothing. The little devil on my shoulder whispers: If you feel that way, just do it.

My problem is I can’t slack off

My work ethic stops me from goofing off whenever I feel the urge. Entrepreneur or not, I approach my business with all the dedication and seriousness I did when I had to go into an office and report to someone else.

That’s not to say I haven’t developed a schedule that builds in time to exercise, take my dog out for a walk and get some errands done. I have. Freedom and flexibility are two fundamental reasons I started my own gig. But my goal is to have a business, not a hobby.

So, how does someone like me avoid burning out?

Eating right, exercising and getting outside help a lot. But that’s not enough.

Sometimes the problem isn’t me … it’s my business. It’s about how it runs and how these things affect me.

So I perform the following diagnostic on my business. I encourage you to do this too. You may be surprised by what you discover. Here’s how … [Read more…]