Author: Melissa Haddad
Date Posted: July 01 2021
Taking a week off for holidays is usually no big deal, in fact, most people get at least two weeks off throughout the year and depending on the company you work for and your tenure, you may have accumulated three to four weeks for the entire year. If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner, it becomes a bit more challenging to take off a whole week or two, unless you have a team to help you run your business and take care of your clients.
Many have been able to pivot and adapt their business to work in the virtual world, which is great, because you can usually work anywhere as long as you have internet. Unfortunately, during this pandemic, travel has not been ideal and therefore most of us have been working from home with the potential of working from a cottage or trailer.
I personally have worked non-stop since last spring with maybe a day off here or there. This led me to burnout. Yes, I will admit it, I burned myself out doing what I love, except, I stopped loving what I was doing. I knew I needed to take vacation back in December, but I was too busy to take the time off and then we went back into yet another lockdown and again the kids were back to online learning.
I had decided at the end of April that I could not continue to do this and decided to plan for a week off once the kids were done with school, so we all took the last week of June off and went away for a few days.
Does this sound familiar at all? Have you taken time for yourself during this pandemic to simply disengage and decompress? Here are 3 tips to avoid burnout.
- Schedule self-care time. Since I work from home, my self-care time needs to be out of the house, so I enjoy getting a mani-pedi, massage or any other spa treatment that allows me to relax. I also get energized when I am able to be social with friends or business network, so meeting up for a coffee or some lunch is always delightful. My husband and I also enjoy live concerts and although those are usually in the evenings or weekends, being able to plan and look forward to that time gives me what I need. Taking time for yourself to recharge is vital to your mental well-being, especially during these challenging times.
- Build a powerful team. The only way I could get away for my week’s holidays was to get my team to cover me while I was gone. I had taken the time from May until I left to train my team on the tasks they were going to do while I was gone and had given my clients the heads up of my plans, so they were prepared and used to the fact that I was going to be away. Now that I know everything went well, like I had planned, I am prepared to delegate more, so that I can continue to keep them busy and I can focus on business development and ensure I make time for myself.
- Remember to only do what you love to do. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to not delegate client tasks as I figured that I had nothing else to do, so I might as well do everything. This type of thinking led to my burnout and truly made me unhappy. Please understand, I love doing all that I do for my clients, however because I was doing everything, even things that I had planned to delegate to my VA before the pandemic, I was out of alignment with my vision, purpose and goals and that made me unhappy. Plus, I was so busy with client work that I wasn’t able to keep up with the demand and mistakes were being made. Doing what you love and delegating the rest will keep you energized and ready to start new initiatives.
I have been in business for over 6 years and each year I find out more about myself and how to uplevel my business to provide my clients with the best service I can offer. When I don’t listen to the signs, I am unable to perform at my peak and provide the solutions they need.
Make sure you listen to your signs and don’t wait for burnout to happen before you take action. Take action now and call us to learn more about how we can help you. Chances are if you are going through it, we’ve already been through it and have a solution.