Building your business is important - No one is going to dispute that! But while it's important to remember that building your dream biz is going to take time, it’s most important to remember there's still a limit on how much you can do in a certain amount of time with a certain amount of resources! For many of us, there are going to be times when we don’t recognize the warning signs of overwhelm and burnout... and when miss the signs, we could be headed for some big disappointments. But not to fear - let's talk about how we can avoid these pitfalls, skip the drama and get you back on track!
The obstacles we may face when we become overwhelmed by building our businesses is not just limited to our professional brain... it can also affect friendships, family, and even your health. After taking a beating in several of these areas, your desire to keep pushing forward and building your business can actually become detrimental to your success! Who's going to want to work with someone that's always stressed out? The energy we put into our work needs to be positive (or at least neutral) to attract the kind of clients and customers we are going to want to work with and who will help us grow our brands. In order avoid the path of negativity, there are a few things we need to remember.
Skip Out on Overwhelm
Burnout isn’t pretty. It’s important to understand that you can still practice self-care while working hard to make your business successful. Here are a few of my favorite tips - things I do myself - to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the demands of your business and your ambitions:
- Learn to identify when you’re dealing with way too much pressure: There is a difference between setting goals, and setting yourself up for standards that no one could ever hope to meet! If you find that more and more people are telling you that you’re biting off more than you can chew, then you may want to consider listening to them.
- Create a relationship between your priorities and your values: You have responsibilities. You have values. Believe it or not, but you can always find a happy medium between both of those things. Build your business goals around your values, in terms of what you want to do (and not what someone else thinks you should do), and what you know you can handle.
- Establish leisure time: As you define your goals, leave some room for leisure time. Establish this time right from the beginning, and you won’t be sorry.
- Create the most straightforward to-do list possible: What needs to be done? There is a difference between wants and needs. Establishing wants will give you the ability to focus on what actually needs to be done. In many cases, by prioritizing from the beginning, you’ll have time and energy left over to do more.
- Learn how to outsource: A great way to avoid feeling overwhelmed is to learn how to outsource. Chances are, there are several different aspects to your business that can be outsourced. Consider outsourcing as much as possible, so you can focus on the more important things.