With entrepreneurship comes many challenges, like reaching profitability, hiring the right team, and keeping your customers happy. However, the biggest challenge can also be the hardest to identify and prevent: entrepreneur burnout.
Burnout is defined as “a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive or prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.”
Burnout can be especially difficult for entrepreneurs to identify because many of them consider stress or fatigue to be part of the job description. This is a dangerous preconception that is only fueled by the increased likelihood of entrepreneurs to experience burnout. Some evidence suggests that entrepreneurs are more at risk of burnout because they tend to be extremely passionate about their work and more socially isolated, have limited safety nets, and operate in high uncertainty.
Entrepreneurs do experience more stress and pressure than the average employee, but that should not naturally lead to burnout.
Luckily, there are a variety of ways to avoid burnout from happening, so you can better manage your business and your health.
Here are four tips:
Sometimes, despite your best efforts to prevent burnout, it’s impossible to avoid. You may be going through a particularly stressful period in your life, and once you get through it and on the other side, you realize you missed the warning signs of burnout.
While it’s not normal to regularly feel burned out and stressed, it is common for entrepreneurs to experience burnout a handful of times. They key is to recover from it quickly and positively, making it a priority to invest in yourself.
Here are three ways to recover from entrepreneur burnout:
Burnout isn’t always the result of a single stressful experience. Rather, burnout is usually the culmination of a lot of small, repetitive tasks that slowly take their toll over time. These small tasks may seem achievable in the moment, but they gradually suck all your time and energy away from projects you’re actually passionate about.
Client management, invoicing, and appointments software, like Keap, can help. Keap intelligently helps you get daily work done so you feel less stressed and overwhelmed. You can finally free yourself from repetitive, manual chores like building reports in Excel or invoicing clients on a regular basis.
Here are four ways that Keap can help you streamline your work and prevent burnout:
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