Unfortunately, burnout can be more likely to hit entrepreneurs, especially those who are trying to balance a side hustle. But it doesn’t have to be a guarantee. There are many preventative actions you can take to avoid burnout in your life and business.
Get Clear on What Matters
Often, burnout is the result of trying to do too much at once. Pause and ask yourself what it is that you really want to accomplish. Are you trying to build a small side hustle to replace your full-time income? Or do you merely want an extra income stream?
Consider if your timeline is realistic. If you’re hoping to leave your job in six months and you’d like to start a party planning business but you have no experience, you’re asking a lot of yourself. You may need to revise your timeline to avoid burning out.
Have a Plan
The more you have written down on paper (or stored on your phone), the less information you’re trying to carry around in your brain. When you have methods in place to store your data, you can show up in every area of your life calm and focused.
While you can’t account for everything in life, the more you can plan, the less stress you’re likely to experience. So go ahead and take a couple of hours to plan meals for your household, map out a chore chart, or break down your workload into manageable bites.
Take Off the Cape
Stop trying to do it all yourself. Look over your tasks and see if you can’t outsource some of your to-do list. For example, can your spouse handle dinner twice a week? Will your mom watch the kids for an afternoon so you can knock out those errands?
Asking for support is hard. But when you do, you release stress and anxiety. You invite more joy, peace, and simplicity into your life when you let others show up and help you carry the load.
Plan for Mini Rest Stops
You wouldn’t go on a seventeen-hour drive and not include a break for the bathroom or time to refuel. Yet many people do this when they plan their days. The truth is you need moments of refreshment built into your schedule.
These refreshing moments can be simple – a mini meditation session, a couple of quick yoga poses, a power nap, a nutritious snack, or a moment to cuddle with your child. Activities like these help you reconnect with your inner essence and can calm your inner chaos.
Burnout doesn’t have to be part of your story just because you’re an entrepreneur. Slow down and take the time to care for yourself. You’ll feel better and be able to accomplish more when you protect your own mental (and emotional) health.
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Until next time Hustlers!
Iolande V. Argent,
Your branding senior side hustle solutionspreneur
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