There are three levels of entrepreneurs out here in the world and for the sake of clarity I want to quickly run through them:
The Creator, The Builder and The Operator – all are pretty self explanatory but I want to unlayer each one.
- Full of enthusiasm of a specific product or idea
- Has a brilliant and creative mind and is constantly spinning with new ideas
- Often has ideas for several different types of companies
- May not easily focus on one project at a time and may get bored with just one
- Takes a credible idea or product and builds a company around it
- Has the ability to grow the business – can be a very good salesperson
- Motivates the team to push the growth of the business
- Gets great satisfaction in the thrill of the hunt and watching the company grow
- Gets the company organized by putting processes and procedures in place
- Is often detail-oriented to find improvements to be made in the company
- Keeps things focused and on track with long-term growth goals in mind
If you’re like me…then you fluidly vacillate between the three. The problem is…you’re not vacillating as fluidly as you think you are. Or you know that you aren’t and it’s just not as well as you’d like to be.
Listen, burnout is a very real problem, especially for entrepreneurs.
Especially when you have a personal life to maintain with its own challenges. Being a multifluid entrepreneur and holding the brunt of the business responsibility often leads business owners to work 14+ hour days and lose track of what’s happening within their personal lives. But is focusing so much attention on your business a wise decision?
No, not if you want to achieve a work/life balance that makes you and your family happy. Even if you’re single, making time for self-care and relaxation will improve your overall health and mental wellbeing which will in turn help move your business in the right direction. Let’s talk about the signs to look for that indicate you might be headed toward a burnout.
1. Insomnia. If your brain can’t shut down because you’re consumed with work, your sleep pattern will become disrupted. This causes you to feel overly tired, lacking energy, and possibly lacking the mental energy to make wise business decisions.
2. Procrastination. Have you cringe at the length of your daily to-do list? Did these tasks excite you in the past but now they make you want to crawl under a rock? If you answered yes; don’t beat yourself up. I’ve been there. Procrastination leads to missed deadlines and opportunities to promote your business.
3. Fatigue. The human body is only capable of handling so much stress on limited sleep. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “burning the candle at both ends”, right? That’s what happens when you work yourself to the bone and don’t give your body and brain enough time to recover before starting another high-stress day. At some point your body will want to give up which then causes severe fatigue and possibly other illnesses that will keep you out of the office.
4. Changes in appetite. For some people, stress causes them to overeat; for others, stress reduces their appetites. Neither extreme is good for your body. For optimal health and mental clarity, take lunch breaks away from the desk and choose natural, healthy food choices instead of fast food items. Begin to prep your own food that then becomes ‘fast food’.
5. Anxiety. High stress causes anxiety, which can cause crippling fear or other physical symptoms. Keep in mind: there’s a big difference between the anxiety you feel when stepping out of your comfort zone versus stress-induced anxiety that doesn’t seem to go away.
Think about this: as a entrepreneur, if you are not physically able to run your business, what happens to it?
Chances are, you’d have to close your doors and any streams of income you currently have will disappear. Let’s avoid this happening! Take care of your whole body, mind, and spirit. Take quiet time to relax. Get outdoors and breathe in some fresh air. Unplug for a whole weekend and live in the moment with your family. Reconnect with old friends. Start a hobby. The choices are limitless.
Follow these 5 Tips for Easy Self-care.