We don’t know what we don’t know. When I was experiencing burnout in my last business, I just thought that the fatigue, anxiety, and exhaustion were all part of being a business owner. Turns out I was wrong! All of the red flags were there—I just didn’t understand how to recognize them, so I hope that this list might help you to see if you are in fact heading down the road to entrepreneurial burnout or if perhaps you are just having a bad day (or week).
Day to day tasks in business that normally wouldn’t bother you feel overwhelming, annoying, or frustrating.
Interacting with clients becomes a chore or you find that even the simplest client requests are bothersome.
You do as little as possible daily just to get through the day and spend the rest of your time seeking comfort activities: food, TV, sleep, alcohol, etc.
You are easily irritated with customers, clients, subcontractors, or employees.
You don’t find joy or fulfillment any longer in the work you are doing.
You feel mentally, emotionally, or physically exhausted (or all three) day in and day out and can’t seem to get your energy back.
You find that you don’t feel valued any longer in your business.
Instead of serving your clients well and to the fullest extent possible, you are showing up just for the financial gain.
You continuously look externally for a greater purpose or to feel valued again.
You are feeling anxious all the time and no matter what you can’t seem to shake the anxious feeling.
If after reading this list and you’ve checked off a majority of them, you might need some advice on how to prevent burn out. I’ve got two articles for you. First, I share my best advice for preventing burn out in your business, but I’ve also sat down and outlined ways that I recovered from burn out in my last business that might help you speed up your recovery as well!
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