Here’s FIVE things I’ve learned from burning out, so you don’t have to.
Setting boundaries are a necessity in order to thrive. Running a business can be exhausting. Running a business that you LOVE can be even more exhausting. I know, I know, poor me…but really. I could work on my business 24/7 and not even flinch. I’ve found myself getting burnt out more and more lately and it’s all because I refused to just “be.” Setting official business hours and limits to social media has been the best thing I could do. My work was easily overrunning my personal life and time with my family. My brain was constantly on overload to the point that I felt like I would explode. Boundaries help decrease your stress and help you to truly thrive, not just survive.
+Make official work hours
After having my son I took a break from Photography. I didn’t really have much time to focus on it, especially with a colicky baby. Fast forward to about a year ago, I decided I was ready to jump back into my passion. The only problem was that I still could not find the time to actually make it happen. After weeks of searching we found the perfect in home daycare for our little guy. With that said, I now have set work hours. You’d think I would have figured this out years ago, but hey, you live and you learn. For me, it just took having a kid to help me realize that I needed official work hours.
+Do the math
Figure out how many clients you’d like to take on every week. Stick with it. I met up with Kristie Bradley recently and she shared how she only shoots on specific days of the week. I had another one of those mind blowing moments. I’ve since implemented that change to my schedule and now I know exactly what to expect every week without even looking at my calendar. Kristie, thank you! Seriously you are the best! Before meeting with her I was shooting almost every day for several weeks in a row. I thought this was normal, but no. My client experience started to decrease as I spread myself too thin. I knew something had to give.
+Take some time for YOU
To all my fellow entrepreneurs out there, I know the hustle. Juggling many hats and a business is no easy feat, and the last thing on our list is usually ourselves. Take the time to do a little something for yourself. Get outside, go for a run, whatever it is that helps you to relax. For me this means getting outside in nature. I love hiking and yoga outdoors. Anything away from screens and noise is a great relief.
Okay, let’s be honest. We have all compared ourselves to someone at some point. There’s always going to be someone out there who is ahead of you. How we interpret their success is on us. We are allowed to cheer on each others successes. Did you hear that? Another person’s success doesn’t mean that we are not successful, they are just in a different place in their journey. There are so many good quotes that come to mind for this. I’m sure you’ve heard of them at some point, but let’s get real. Comparing only leads to destruction and can inhibit our own ability to grow. We can get so caught up in trying to ‘keep up’ with everyone else that we lose sight of ourselves. Quickest recipe for burnout if you ask me.
I hope that some of these things on my list speak to you. Even if you’re not running a business, and you apply them in a different way. Our lives were meant for so much more than running non-stop. Take time to refuel yourselves. You can only pour out so much… Also, if you’re looking for a good book to check out…One of my favorites to read over during times like these is “Boundaries.” Click the photo below to read more about it.