Your business is building momentum…but there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Your TO-DO list is massive and every time you think about it your heart beats a little faster, your chest tightens as overwhelm sets in and your shoulders move an inch closer to your ears.
Maybe you just need to work longer hours to get it all done…it won’t hurt to miss one of the kids’ recitals at school or opt for a rain check on dinner with your partner. They’ll understand, it’s just once. Besides you’re doing all this for them ultimately.
The thing is, it doesn’t just happen once, it happens all the time. If only you could get on top of things. If only you could enjoy the business that you created and have more flexibility, more time, more money. If only you could stop feeling so guilty about it all!!!
Does this sound familiar?
It sounds familiar to me. I was once a victim of burn-out. I was running two businesses, I had moved away from my friends and family, I had started a new relationship and two of the upper women in my life died within a few days of each other. Over the period of 18 months, I spent more time with my doctor than any other person, in an attempt to fix myself. I developed asthma, an addiction to chocolate and the colour black. It wasn’t pretty.
I stopped. I stopped everything that I was ‘just doing’ and suddenly I got very clear, very quickly. I sold one business and closed the other. I grieved for the two women who had left this earth. I got a job. I tidied up my finances. I cleared out the clutter. I sat in the sun and read. I rediscovered yoga. I painted.
Do you want to avoid burn-out?
- STOP. Most women freak out at the word ‘STOP’. They think if they stop the money stops, the work stops, and the business stops. It isn’t true. It’s a big fat myth. There is nothing more beneficial to you and your business than stopping for a day a month at the very least…better still try a day a week or if that’s a stretch try two hours a week. Removing you from your business frees up your energy to be more creative and gain clarity. Get out of the office and step away from technology.
- CLEAR OUT THE CLUTTER. Clutter creates chaos and stops the flow of energy. Whether you need to get your finances in order, your office sorted or your wardrobe needs a makeover, clearing, cleaning and organising your spaces frees you up to let go of the old and make space for the new. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to do it yourself, hire someone to do it for you.
- RECONNECTING WITH YOU. What do you love to do? What’s important to you? Make a list and make it a priority each week to do at least one of these things. If you love to dance, take a class or move your body to some music regardless of where you are. If you love to walk in nature…do that, who cares if it’s raining…don’t let the weather be the excuse you use to stop doing what you love. Get creative and watch as magically the solutions you’ve been struggling to find suddenly become obvious.
No one I have met went into business to burn-out but it is happening all the time, especially for women. If you want to be successful in business and in life, you need to set the rules…it’s your business after all. Be an inspiring leader and show others what it means to create a business that truly does reflect what’s important to you.