All of us will experience burnout at some point in our entrepreneurial journey. If you haven’t yet, you might not have been in business long enough! Joking aside, burnout isn’t inevitable, but unfortunately is pretty common to entrepreneurs, since the lines between work, play and down time are often blurred. Even if we’re not working on the business, our minds are often thinking about work around the clock.
Burnout can come on slowly and then hit full force. It can lead to poor choices, bad business decisions and potentially a loss of income from losing customers. Burnout can quickly snowball, making you feel like the only option is to close up shop and walk (or run!) away. Instead, a slight shift in focus and work may be all it takes to revive your business and regain a love for your work.
Obviously, we want to recognize the signs and symptoms of burnout so we can stop it from escalating. If you’re in the midst of serious overwhelm right now, be sure to come back to the blog next week when we’ll cover how to bounce back from burnout.
Signs of burnout include:
- decreased energy
- inability to focus
- lack of motivation
- customers/client projects ‘slipping through the cracks’ (not paying as close attention to detail as you once did)
- thinking/worrying about work 24/7 (but not necessarily taking steps to change the situation)
I know I’ve experienced these symptoms to varying degrees many times in the 7+ years I’ve been an entrepreneur! But now that I recognize how burnout manifests in my own life, I can take the necessary steps to get back on track and avoid becoming paralyzed by burnout (I’ll share these tips in next week’s post.)
How about you – if you’re headed for burnout, what’s the biggest symptom you’re experiencing right now? Share in the comments below.
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