Avoiding Burnout


Admit it. You have too much on your plate. It’s like life is one big buffet breakfast and while you had good intentions of just swinging by the fruit and cereal, you somehow come back to the table with a yoghurt, 2 pastries, an Omelette, 2 hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes, sausages, toast, a coffee and an orange juice. You know you can’t eat it all but it’s there for the taking. You attempt to get through it but end up stuffed and don’t really enjoy it.

We know we shouldn’t put too much on our plate…but we do anyway. How do we stop ourselves from over committing and succumbing to the pressures of perfection? You’re an entrepreneur, a connoisseur, a blogger, a jogger. You’re an introvert, an extrovert, a volunteer, a pioneer. You’re a butcher, a baker and a candlestick maker (which could be handy if you’re burning the candle from both ends!) Striving for perfection in all aspects of our lives is exhausting! I look at my children and notice they don’t mind their colouring isn’t inside the lines or that their running style is a little unorthodox…they do something because they enjoy it. So…it’s time to rediscover yourself and cut out the things that aren’t making you happy (well as much as possible…some things like taxes are unavoidable!) It’s time to refresh and restart so that you can rekindle that burning flame inside of you.

 

The A.B.C.D of Avoiding Burnout

Acknowledge

Acknowledge that being able to do anything and being able to do everything are two different things. Don’t be afraid to say no to commitments you know you can’t keep.

Balance

Work life balance when you have your own business means setting boundaries. Even though your work can be your passion, you need to know when to segregate your work from the rest of your life.

Create

Do something creative for yourself with no pressure, expectations or time frame.

Delegate

Don’t be afraid to delegate. When we do something a certain way over and over we can often overlook the fact that there may be a better, more productive way.

When you start your own business, you often live and breath it for so long that you don’t trust anyone else to share the same vision. Learning how to delegate will be one of the hardest things you will do but it can also mean taking your business to the next level. Sharing the parts of your workload that you are not so passionate about or confident about will free up your own time to focus on the parts you love. Here at Barnacle & Lime  we understand what it’s like to have a small/start up business. So once you get your own candle burning bright again...come see us and we will get your business burning more candles than your Nan’s 90th Birthday cake (and we will teach you how to keep them burning!)

EBONY HARPER