How Digital Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Burnout
Article by: Carla Lopez
Creating a career in the digital marketplace gives you a ton of power and flexibility. This makes it the ideal job for many entrepreneurs. There are few things that appeal to the Type-A personality more than the ability to access your work anytime, no matter where you are. When your business is run and managed online, this is entirely possible.
The other side of the constant-access coin, however, is the inability to get away from work. When you’re a digital entrepreneur, you have to make a deliberate effort to create work-life boundaries. Otherwise, you’re almost certain to wind up burning out. Here are some tips for how to create the quiet moments your mind needs to be able to truly focus and enjoy your work.
Secure and Simplify Your Work Life
One of the simplest and most effective ways to empower yourself when it comes to work-life balance is to make the work side as low-stress as possible. Now, there’s a certain amount of unavoidable stress when it comes to running a business, but there’s also a hefty dose of avoidable stress. For example, you don’t want to have to deal with any sort of security leak or digital attack. Take steps to make sure your data is secure to spare yourself a major headache.
Moreover, the more work you can automate, the better. After all, there are many ‘little’ parts of running a business that, while necessary, can make you feel a little crazy. For example, growing your following on social sites like Twitter comes down to a lot of little nitty-gritty tasks that can spread you unnecessarily thin. Automating that process frees up your mind and time for more important work.
If you’d like to handle this part of your business yourself without bringing in a third party, then you can look into different online IT courses that can prepare you for the world of cybersecurity. Not only can you take these courses whenever your schedule permits, but you can also do so from the comfort of your home.
Built A Routine
When you run your own digital business, it’s easy (and often, tempting) to work the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed. This is no good in the long run, and you can head this off at the pass by establishing a routine. Start with specific work hours — not necessarily 9 to 5, just whatever regular window (or windows) will work for you. Commit to only working within those hours, and be stingy about overtime — only when it’s absolutely necessary.
Cement this by building a routine around those hours. Be sure to start your day with something other than work, such as a yoga session, quick shower, and healthy breakfast. This sort of routine gets you moving, grounds you emotionally, and prepares you mentally and physically for the day ahead. Your routines don’t need to be strict or complicated, just consistent.
Meditate and Reflect
We can’t emphasize the power of a daily mindfulness practice enough. Studies have shown that mindfulness and meditation have a significant positive effect on your mood, energy levels, and even blood pressure. Not only is it an extremely effective method of stress reduction, but it’s also easy to fit into any schedule. You can practice mindfulness while exercising, doing the dishes, taking a shower — every moment offers a chance to focus and be truly present.
Finally, consider keeping a journal and spend five to ten minutes jotting down a short reflection every day. This is a great way to better yourself both personally and professionally. It gives you a chance to recognize negative patterns and psychological traps you might be falling into. It also helps you notice your success and identify where those moments come from.
Avoiding burnout as a small business owner is always a challenge, but it’s that much harder when work is, in some sense, always there. Create boundaries for yourself, and avoid spreading yourself too thin. In doing so, you’ll be able to reap joy and satisfaction from your work for years to come.
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