How can small business owners set themselves up to avoid burnout? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
It is very common for entrepreneurs to experience burnout, particularly solopreneurs who are doing everything all by themselves. I’ve had many clients come to me as they neared that point.
When it comes to burnout, however, half of the battle is just being aware of its prevalence and actively trying to protect oneself from it. To that end, here are some of the actions that I recommend business owners take to prevent burnout:
Guarding their schedules. The most successful entrepreneurs focus on productivity and maximizing their time. Therefore, they are clever in terms of their scheduling (concentrating on the most important stuff) and limiting distractions to maximize their productivity.
Learning to say no. So many of us want to say yes to everything but there is no way to do it all. One rule of thumb that I use to decide whether or not I am going to participate in something is to determine whether it means something to me personally or moves my goals forward. If not, I am okay with saying no.