Chances are, you might be feeling the signs of burnout already. Many business owners do according to the survey discussed in this article.
Because of the time and energy that is needed to encourage business growth, many entrepreneurs push themselves to the point of exhaustion to make a profit and to avoid business failure, but that can be to their detriment. When their health starts failing, the health of their businesses do, and sadly, this can then lead to what they hoped to avoid in the first place – business closure.
If you’re regularly feeling tired and if you have passed your threshold for stress, then you might be on the road to burnout. Our advice? Take a break, for the sake of both yourself and your business.
If you aren’t suffering from burnout yet, then it’s important to know the dangers. Below are two of the common causes for entrepreneurial burnout, and if you can take steps to avoid them, then you won’t have to suffer the consequences later.
The common causes of business burnout
#1: Taking on too many responsibilities
Overtime is common in business. With ever-increasing to-do lists, many business owners are forced to go beyond their expected work hours in a bid to get everything done. The upshot of this? Feelings of tiredness, a poor work-life balance, and a fast-track on the road to burnout.
To avoid late nights in the office, you should delegate some of your tasks to your employees. You might also outsource some of those responsibilities that you shouldn’t be dealing with anyway, such as those jobs that are better suited to HR, including those tasks relating to payroll and employee benefits. By cutting down your to-do list, you will have more time to complete those tasks that should be of greater priority for you, and consequently, you will then have less need to spend longer than you should in the office.
#2: Skipping a healthy lifestyle
In order to start work early, you might skip breakfast and avoid exercise. If you have a lot to do during the day, you might also take fewer breaks than you should and skip lunch. When your energy levels then start to drop, you might take the wrong approach to keep yourself awake, perhaps by overloading yourself with caffeine and eating sugary snacks. While this is okay in the short-term, your body will eventually crash, and you will start to feel sluggish. The upshot of all this? Your productivity levels will drop because of the tiredness you will start to feel, and you will then be forced to work overtime. Your health will also start to diminish because of your unhealthy lifestyle, and this will make you more prone to stress, anxiety, and the other signs of burnout.
So, to avoid this issue, take steps to manage your health needs during the day. Get up a little earlier and take part in some sort of exercise. Make time for a healthy breakfast. Take breaks during the day, and eat something for nutritious for lunch. By doing so, you will notice your productivity levels start to rise, as both your mind and body will be refreshed and energized by your healthier lifestyle. The upshot of this? Less need to spend time working overtime, and a healthier you!
Despite your busy lifestyle, burnout doesn’t have to affect you. Take note of our suggestions, as by doing so, you will improve the health of both yourself and your business.
Take care, and thanks for reading!