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Five Business Burnout Relief Strategies

“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” – Dalai Lama

Woman with red outfit sitting in front of computer holidng her eyesBusiness and work burnout can seem as if it appears out of nowhere. Long workdays coupled with anxiety and lack of focus can be telltale signs of burnout. You work so hard, cranking out the next product, program or marketing strategy but find yourself numb and getting overwhelmed with details. Are you ignoring signs you are in danger of burnout?

Signs that you might be suffering from business burnout:

  • Your passion about your career has begun to slowly dwindle
  • Your creativity toward new ideas has become challenged
  • You are having increased difficulty in focusing on your current project
  • You feel exhausted, anxious and just plain worn out.

Try these 5 techniques to get burnout relief:

1. Schedule time to yourself. When was the last day you remember taking off from work? You are at high risk for burnout if you can’t remember or it’s been several weeks or months. Schedule at least two days, one for rest and the other to get our ground, and reassess your goals. The first argument that will creep up is that you don’t have time. It’s so important that you make time. What you might not clearly see is that your productivity is down at this point from the burnout. Regenerating your batteries will get you ready to move forward.

2. Shift your mindset. A business is something that gradually grows over time and requires an endurance mindset. Pace yourself, using your goals as mile markers toward your definition of success. Build your business around your life, not your life around your business. If you find yourself saying, “I’ll be happy when________”, then your risk for damage to your health and relationships are greater than you think.

3. Stay healthy. It’s important to stay in physical condition when you’re under constant stress. Make time for basic self-care, eating balanced meals. Make appointments to exercise, and other activities, such as a massage. Keep yourself at top shape. Make sure you fit in relaxation and adequate sleep. You can deal with stress much easier when you are well-rested. Remember to fuel your body in order to have the best outcomes in your life.

4. Honor your time. Set clear boundaries when it comes to work time. It make seem like you are always working when you are in a high-pressured job or an entrepreneur. Learning how to budget the time in your day more effectively will relieve a lot of this time pressure and stress. Good time management will lessen the feeling of being overwhelmed, as well as enable you to have the time you need to do what you want to do.

5. Stick to what you do best. Keep track of the activities that you can delegate and outsource during your workday. Perform at what you do best and pass along the tasks that you don’t like or take too much time. You have a specific talent. Make sure that’s where you spend the majority of your time.

Business burnout can happen especially when you least expect it. Be very conscious of the warning signs of burnout and always protect the greatest asset in your business: you.

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How to Get Unstuck and Jump Start Your Goals

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis

Settling for something less than you deserve can mean you’re stuck in a rut. Are you tired of your life and the same routine day in and day out? There’s a world out there with a lot of exciting things to offer. Deep down you know you want to get out of feeling stuck. Sure, it may be a bit overwhelming, and even terrifying at times, but you can’t let your life just pass you by. It’s time to get unstuck, take a leap of faith, and make those dreams a reality.

Read on for some powerful tips and suggestions to help you jump start your goals:

Decide what you want to do.

This might seem like an obvious tip. But oftentimes you may not be exactly clear about what you want. Write down your goal and carry it with you. Pull it out several times a day so you can be very clear about you want. Feel your passion as to recite your goal. This will help you increase your focus on exactly what you want.  The bottom line is nothing happens until you completely decide to do it.

Try this journal exercise. Pick one goal you would like to accomplish. Write down any information about the goal in as much detail as possible. Then list one small step to take toward the goal. Break through the fear barrier by taking action.

Have faith.

Faith can make or break achieving your goal. Faith is seeing the outcome of your goal in clear detail. If you are having difficulty seeing yourself at the end of your goal, you may have to create a short term goal first. When you can visualize the outcome in your mind’s eye, you will me so much more successful in achieving your goal.

Get unstuck.

Finish LineEveryone gets stuck at one time or another. The important part is not to stay in the rut very long. The quicker you take action and move forward, the less chance you will remain stuck.  Staying stuck can breed procrastination or other mind blocks that will keep you living in fear. Reach out to a trusted friend who will jump start your efforts again.

Take the first step.

It’s time to take action combined with faith. As much as you want to step outside the box and get out of this rut, nothing will happen without taking that first step. Moving forward can be scary. Keep your written goal and visualize yourself achieving the goal.

Taking that first step with break through your fear and get you well on your way to making your dream a reality. You’ll be so glad you took action – and you’ll be so proud of yourself when you celebrate at the finish line.

“We must overcome the notion that we must be regular… it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre. “ – Uta Hagen

Stop settling for a mediocre life and use these tips to take action on your goals. No one enjoys being stuck and just going through the motions of life. Don’t let your fears hold you back. Get unstuck and start to live life to the fullest.

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How to Be Productive Without Losing Sleep

“You cannot manage time, you can only manage yourself.” – Peter Drucker

Being productive is something most people want during any given day. Long lists from what seems like endless projects can become overwhelming and suck the life from you. Before you know it, you are staying up long hours and losing sleep to get everything done. It seems like so many distractions detour you from the end result: completing your project.

Juggling Time

Various clocks flying in airA common time-management tool is to control the activities outside of you. It’s common to try to juggle everything you have to do. Does it seem that the personal calendar company didn’t put enough lines for your to-do list? A result of stress is attempting to manage things outside of you. Maybe it’s not so much about managing your activities but how you manage yourself first.

“Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator. “ – Robert Orben

Managing how you spend your time is an essential key in being productive. Where you choose to spend your time will determine the richness and quality of your life.

Dealing with distractions

The number-one time thief is distraction. Focus is one area that will greatly improve how much time you allocate to different areas of your life. A new time tool to try is Time Doctor. It allows you to focus on a one task while getting a true read of how long it takes to get the task done. Time Doctor lets you start and stop tasks and sends you a productivity report daily. When the timer is running, this program really helps you stay on task.

Shift how you look at time

Time really cannot be saved. Once it is wasted you can’t get it back. Look at what you value the most in life. Examine if you are contributing your efforts to those areas the most. For example, spending time with your loved ones is a value you hold, then you choose to do activities with them.

Prioritize and do what’s most important

Now that you have determined where you want to spend your time, you can now decide what actions will be most effective. Focus your efforts on the tasks that will give you the biggest bang for your effort. Your activities will truly tell you what you value.

Remember, you are in charge of how best to accomplish your goals. Life will throw roadblocks up from time to time. Step back and see if you need to change how you are approaching your goal or that you need to take a deep breath and move forward.

Delegate and ask for help

People lose trust in someone quickly if they say they can do something and fail to follow up. Before accepting another task to do, ask yourself these two questions:

”Does this activity truly fit into where I want to spend my time and what I value most?”

“Can someone else help me with this task?”

Answering these two questions can truly help you keep focused.

Study how you can use the 24 hours in the day to create happiness and a deeper quality of life. You may find that you are more productive without losing sleep.

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Three Big Mistakes Woman Entrepreneurs Make in Relationships

“Don’t let mistakes ruin your relationships. Put them behind you, so you can move on and grow stronger together.“ – Unknown

Relationship mistakes can change lives for women entrepreneurs. Setting priorities and strong communication can make or break a relationship. Women who are entrepreneurs realize they may not have the same drive as their spouses or partners. Their dreams are the same but how they get there is totally different than someone who works from 9 to 5.

The Trap…

Your partner kisses you goodnight as you pound away at the computer keyboard. You think you just want to finish one more project or task on your to do list. Before you know it, the clock strikes 2 AM. You truly love what you do because there is no way you would continue working into the wee hours of the morning on that next project. The drive to succeed runs through your veins.

Getting one more thing done is going to pave the way to money and happiness. In the meantime, your relationship is strained. It’s so easy to fall into the trap that the other person understands the long working hours and the obsession of making your business work. But what’s simmering underneath?

Business couple at breakfast at home ignoring each otherA client whom I’ll call Michelle talked about mistakes she had made in her relationship. “I should have seen the warning signs,” Michelle said. “He began to distance himself from me. He didn’t want to talk or be intimate anymore.”

Michelle leaned forward sobbing with her hands cupped over her face, “Jeff kept telling me how he felt alone in everything he did. I was doing as much as I could, working and trying to take care of the house. But that’s not what he wanted. He wanted to be with me.”

Here are three big mistakes women entrepreneurs make in relationships:

Relationship Mistake #1: You stop listening.

Entrepreneurs are intense, driven people. The adrenaline flows so much from stress that you are only focusing on what is in front of you. Listen intently to the words being spoken from your loved ones. Listen for patterns in messages spoken over and over. They may have signs of problems you may not be aware of on a daily basis.

Relationship Mistake #2: You don’t make your relationship a priority.

Saying no to making plans with your spouse or partner repeatedly can be a path to permanently harm the relationship. Carve out time that you share the activities that you both love to do. Make an appointment each week to connect with your beloved. Keep that appointment no matter what seems to pop up in your schedule. Set an agenda of items you want to talk about, such as plans, finances and issues important to your relationship. Make sure you are honest, open and willing to work on the issues at hand.

Relationship Mistake #3: You believe that your partner would always be there.

Don’t get into the mindset that you believe they will understand and always be there. Plan to give back to your partner by doing those sweet gestures that sparked your relationship in the first place. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Otherwise, resentment can grow and damage your relationship, possibly beyond repair.

When your business drives and fuels your life, blinding yourself from potential issues can be hazardous to your relationship. Make time for the ones you love. Make sure you don’t make these big mistakes that can be costly to your personal relationships.

When Self-Criticism Pushes You Beyond Your Limits

self-criticism, exhaustion, work from home, entrepreneur“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” – Frank A. Clark

Self-criticism can happen without you even noticing it. Putting yourself down can be an unconscious habit that can undermine your success. It can also push you beyond your physical and mental limits. Negative thoughts and self-talk can twist how you see yourself accurately and how much of yourself you put into work.

The inner critic can really rear its ugly head when you’re tired and keep pushing yourself to get something done. The truth is there will always be something on your to do list. Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you are not human. Driving yourself to succeed in business doesn’t mean you drive yourself into the ground.

Self-criticism can take the form of thinking people will find out you’re a fraud. It could sound like:

  • Someone will see through me and know I’m a fake.”
  • “If people knew who I really was they wouldn’t want to be around me”
  • “I’m such a loser. I’m never going to make money at this business”

Do you have clear self-perception?

Where did these thoughts come from? Maybe it was an ill word from your parents or some other important person. Self-criticism can happen so automatically and quickly. Catching these ill-thought and shifting to positive thinking is the key. Do whatever it takes to shift your thoughts: dance, sing, listen to a motivational speaker, do a mental gratitude list. It may seem like a battle at first but it will get easier. Remember, the one thing you can be in control of is your thoughts.

Get accurate in your thinking

Critical thoughts are venomous, cause distraction and keep you in fear for taking your next step. This can be the very time you are about to make a huge breakthrough when working on a project. Recognize it, shift your thinking and move forward. Suffering under the self-critic becomes a choice or unconscious habit. Using a journal can help you see how it is affecting your life. This might be the very moment you have been waiting for in your life and work.

Recognize you are one person, not a team of folks running your business. People that run their own business have a unique way of driving themselves beyond an eight hour day. You can easily tip over the edge of exhaustion and begin not to think clearly. Know your edge and listen to your body.

Self-examinations can be such a helpful tool. Know what make you tick. Discover your strengths and the traits you want to improve on. It’s all too easy to find those not so shiny behaviors to pick on. Always list the qualities you love about yourself, too. These are your truths and strengths, rather than someone else’s version. Guilt and shame related to your past can emerge, and forgiveness is the key.

As you grow personally, so will your life and business. Don’t allow self-criticisms to push you beyond your limits.

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