Techniques That Help You Avoid Burnout
It’s all fine and good to recognize the existence of burnout, but you don’t want just to know it exists. You want to set up your lifestyle personally and in business in such a way that it will help you avoid burnout. These burnout-avoiding techniques will help.
Know Your Purpose
Knowing the way that you want to live your life in every way, not just your business life, is an essential component of living a happy and satisfying life. You may even have more than one purpose that keeps you interested.
For example, as a parent, you have the purpose of raising contributing adults, as a spouse, you have a purpose of giving your spouse a safe place to exist, and as a business owner, you have a purpose of solving your customers' problems with your innovative solutions.
If these purposes don’t align and, worse, fight each other, it’s going to be hard for you to avoid burnout. But if you can ensure that these factors in your life work together instead of competing, you will end up very happy in life.
Understand Your Personal Values, Morals, and Principles
It will also help you spend time defining and understanding your personal values, morals, and principles. Discovering what makes you tick is going to help you in all areas of life. In fact, it will change your behavior for the better when you narrow down what you really believe and how you want to represent those ideas.
Most people never take the time to know their own values. Instead, they tend to rely on their parents, society, and the media to tell them what to think, feel, and believe. Often your morals are developed based on the culture you were born into instead of what you really think and feel.
Take a minute to write down the ideas so that you can look to them to help you. It may help to create a mission statement that enables you to remember what’s at stake each time you decide something.
Set SMART Goals
The other skill that is vital to helping you avoid burnout or recover from it is learning to set your goals appropriately. Setting useful, actionable goals is vital because you need steps to guide your implementation.
Learning about SMART goals is a whole lesson in and of itself that you should take the time to learn about. But in short, it’s all about setting goals that fit the acronym SMART. Each goal you create should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.
All this means is that goals need to be considered, thought out, and written out in a way that turns them into steps that you take instead of an overwhelming deliverable that is hard to imagine. You can learn more about developing SMART goals here.
Learn Time Management Techniques
Entrepreneurs are only as effective as they are with their time. Everyone has the same amount of time, but you can get more time by eliminating a task, using other people’s time with delegation or by using technology to automate.
Try one of the numerous time management techniques that work, such as block scheduling, the Pomodoro Technique, and others. Which time management method works for you depends on how you work best. There is no right or wrong way.
In general, you should keep a to-do list, ranked in order of importance, manage your distractions, and be structured in the time you block out for working on each task or experience you’re engaged with. The more self-aware you can become as you work on the things that make up your day, the more you’re going to accomplish.
Put Your Health First
As you are discovering your principles, working on your goals, and creating a schedule for yourself to build your business and your lifestyle, you must realize that your health is first. Without your health, you don’t have anything. It’s not just a saying, and it’s a fact.
You can’t help yourself, your family, or your customers if you’re not healthy. Humans have a fundamental need for sleep, hydration, proper nutrition, and exercise. Additionally, you require a human connection. You cannot expect to experience the best in life if you don’t take care of these basic needs for yourself.
Find information about health that you trust and make sure you follow the rules. If you don’t sleep enough, eat right, and exercise, you will not have enough energy to maintain even a light schedule if you’re not careful. Put your human connections before your connections with technology.
Learn Stress Management Techniques
Everyone has specific tasks or situations that cause them more stress than others. While some things cause good stress, the ones that you want to watch out for are the things that cause bad stress. To mitigate this, determine your stress triggers and eliminate them.
Using a notebook or your smartphone note whenever you feel triggered by a situation you’re facing. Do this for about a week so that you can identify any of the triggers you have in your life.
Once you’ve identified the things causing the stress, figure out whether you really need to keep doing them or not. Find ways to eliminate, automate, and delegate any of the stress triggers you’ve identified.
Let Go of Perfection
The truth about perfection is that it’s not possible. No one can ever be perfect. Sure, you probably can identify people you view as perfect, but you don’t know what goes into creating that illusion.
Accept that you will make mistakes. Accept that even if you do everything right, sometimes things don’t go to plan. Realize that it’s perfectly okay as well. So what if you recorded a video and realized later that you had something in your tooth. Why not laugh about it? You can’t change what’s done, but you can change how you react to what has happened.
To avoid perfectionist tendencies, it can help to understand what “finished” means in your work and in your personal life. What constitutes a clean kitchen? What constitutes a finished book? If you have a checklist or cheat sheet to look at that guides you to when you’re done, that is going to help you finish.
Avoiding burnout is all about being realistic about yourself as a human being. You have a human body that requires care. You have a human mind that requires rest. You must acknowledge all the things that make up who you are, what you want to be, and that guides your actions. When you do that, you can avoid problems with burnout.