This might seem like an odd one, but it is important.
When you are the only one working on your business, your to do list can seem never ending and you get a minutes peace and you use it to get some work done.On the face of it there’s nothing wrong with that, unless you use EVERY bit of peace to work on your business. This can easily lead to burn out.
I’ve done this myself several times, and I’ve learnt to see the signs that I need a break. When you burnout you just can’t do anything. Your tired, stressed and have no energy for anything. This isn’t just about your business, it will spill into your personal life too. And in your mind, you will still have that nagging voice saying “you’ve got so much to do, you can’t afford to stop”
But you do need to stop, you need to rest and recharge. If you don’t your business will suffer, and your customers won’t get their orders on time
It is especially important to build time off into your schedule around busy periods like the run up to Christmas. This is evry businesses busiest time of year and many small business owners exhaust themselves.
Here are some tips to avoid burnout, and looking after yourself as well as your business
- Schedule “me time” even if it’s just an hour where you are doing anything but working (that includes housework too)
- Don’t take on more orders than you can handle. Don’t be afraid to increase your turnaround time or put your shop into holiday mode if you have too much to do
- Be realistic when figuring out how long things take. Use the times in your pricing sheet, plus add time for social media and your admin tasks too. Make sure you have enough hours in your week to accommodate those orders without compromising your time off
- Your to do list will never be empty. Don’t even try to keep working until it’s all done. It will never happen
- Learn what balance works for you. No one is the same and some will need to take more breaks than others. It is not being lazy to look after yourself. You are doing this to give yourself a better life, not run yourself into the ground