Becoming an entrepreneur is a lot like getting ready for a boxing match. You psych yourself up. So much of the success of your business depends on your mindset. It depends on you being willing to do more than your competition, go further, work harder.
This is a great way to build yourself up to get going. It motivates you to do something that most people want to avoid because it’s so frightening.
But living in this adrenaline mindset all the time can lead to pushing yourself too far. Part of this mindset pushes entrepreneurs to ignore taking care of themselves in favor of focusing on the work. And no matter how much you build your mind up, you are still a human being with a diverse set of needs.
No matter how much you love your job, you are not immune to burnout.
Keep your warrior mindset. Keep going after the success you desire. But make sure you regularly step back at regular intervals and take a look at your life balance so you can avoid the burnout workaholic entrepreneurs are so prone to.
This is a difference between the mindset of going in to one battle versus a war. It’s long term versus short term thinking. You need to stay in the best mindset possible for years to come if you want your venture to succeed years down the line.
Learn To Prioritize
Which also means you need to learn to delegate. This is hard for many.
What tasks can you only do yourself? What are your biggest strengths that you are bringing to your company? What can you hire out for? And yes, it may be tempting to think that you would do it better yourself, but you need to save your energy for the tasks most worthy of your attention. If your business is going to grow, you can’t do everything yourself. Accepting this is part of the path to greater success.
Take a Vacation
Yes, really. For the worst workaholics, this can sound impossible. But taking a weekend–or even a week or two–to sit on a beach somewhere and unplug can bring you back to work refreshed.
Do you have regular breaks on your schedule? If you were an employee of your company, this would be the law. Take regular breaks and do something good for yourself during that time.
During a twenty-minute break, you could:
- Meditate. Try a meditation app to get you started.
- Read a book or listen to an audiobook.
- Eat. Drink water. Away from your computer!
- Go for a walk.
- Journal, preferably on paper so you are free from distractions.
- Talk with a friend, preferably in person.
- Spend twenty minutes on a hobby, like knitting or drawing.
However you destress, building a twenty-minute break in to your day dedicated to freeing your mind from work will do a world of good.