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Senior Managing Director | The Opes Group LLC

How To Avoid Entrepreneurial Burnout

On this site, I like to highlight entrepreneurship. I make it a point to focus on the positives of being an entrepreneur. I also stress the importance of being able to fire on all cylinders. Being an entrepreneur is hard work. It isn’t easy and not everybody is built for it. But it is rewarding work that can pay off on a personal, professional and monetary level. However, I like to be as objective as possible, and I understand that there are some drawbacks to the profession; namely, the fact that entrepreneurship can really burn you out. So, in an effort to assist entrepreneurs both young and seasoned, I’ve decided to highlight a few tips and tricks on how to avoid running yourself ragged.

 

Set Realistic Expectations

When setting up your business venture, make sure that you make your expectations realistic. Everyone wants to create the next Apple, McDonald’s or Wal-Mart, but it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and patience and the only way to achieve your lofty, larger goals is by achieving small ones first. Additionally, once you’ve achieved those larger lofty goals, you should still be curbing your expectations. For example, if you’re looking to streamline your manufacturing process in order to cut costs, don’t limit yourself to a month-long timeframe. A process like that could take months. Give yourself that time so that you don’t overwork yourself or your staff. It will only end in disappointment.

 

Avoid Monotony

One of the greatest aspects of entrepreneurship is that it is such a varied job that the fear of monotony is not usually too prevalent. Unfortunately, like any position, there can still be some recurring events that can bog you down. What’s important to note is that entrepreneurs usually have free reign over their schedules and they also have some authority. If you find yourself to be stressed out by recurring situations, people or tasks, why not consider delegating some of your responsibilities? It helps to promote and inspire your employees and frees up your time to focus on new and exciting projects or tasks.

 

Focus On Yourself

Entrepreneurship is a full-time job. You will almost certainly find yourself working incredibly late nights, working from home and working on the weekends; it just comes with the territory. But you should not forget to make time for yourself. If you can’t get away from work, you’ll stress yourself out, which can then make your work suffer. To avoid this, simply take some time off. And you have to actually take time off; you can’t claim to take the day off and then constantly check your emails and get on phone calls. Unplug from your phone, if that will help. Take a vacation with your family or by yourself. Do what you need to do to unwind, but just make sure that you aren’t working.

 

Stress is inevitable when you’re an entrepreneur. But you can find ways to decrease that stress. Use these tips to save some shred of your sanity and to allow yourself to perform your best when you actually are working.