Good evening LJ’s
This weeks post focuses on something that unless controlled can sneak up on you in a hurry and cause serious injury to you, your family, your business and potential customers!! What Is this threat? How can I prevent it?
Well I’m glad you asked :) It is called burnout a(n) epidemic that plagues small business owners, it is a level of fatigue and frustration that no man can describe. It isn’t a fast all of a sudden type of attack it creeps up over time, slowly
easing it’s ugly self right in under your watchful eye!! It starts off with you making mistakes small ones and you letting them getting to you or more pronounced with you trying to get things going without being properly set up or running as smooth as you want to :) Sometimes it comes from trying to do too much at one time or too much work load or improperly balancing family/ business life. How do I know this well from personal experience :( Last week I was standing out in my shop waiting for my propane heater to warm the shop up and I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything (kinda depressed anyway) Frustrated with not making anything this year and getting my lumber to late for my chairs, pushing to get my templates finished, tested, and trying to rearrange my shop, coupled with my job giving me problems, fatigue from the hours I work and finally not feeling the greatest. I said to myself why am I doing this? I literally wanted to quit woodworking all together and say forget it. Thank God for rational friends who told me to take a break that what I was feeling was burnout normal for most entrepreneurs but not the end as I thought, So I took my vacation pay and spent it on my other hobby I totally ignored (my trains) taking a week off did me wonders limiting my shop time to 1 hr per day even slowing down on LJ’s and working on my trains I seemed to have bounced back a little and plan on taking the rest of this year to reflect and plan (in my own time) for next year. I think this was a close call, Too close !!!
So how Do you prevent yourself from getting this way?
Here are my solutions below :)
1. Do not focus on one thing (projects, finances, or goals) to the point you lose focus, if you lose focus you lose the true purpose of your intent.
2. Take breaks, Play a little a managed disruption (as long as you have the time, in which you should) will allow you to achieve the A-HA to the problems you need or to plan without haste.
3. Learn to say NO NO AND I REPEAT NO saying yes all the time only leads up to this, and customers, family members, and associates may not like this initially but will thank you in the end (just explain why) a.k.a I have to much on my plate right now.
4. Set your goals realistically, Break up larger goals into manageable tasks
5. Realize you are only one person and know your potential and your limits
I hope this helps, Until next week take care :)
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