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The first few things that we need to recognise about being an entrepreneur is acknowledging that everybody has a life. We all have friends, social life and family and so much more. There are constant stresses, so it's important to recognise that we're not just one-dimensional in our lives and there's always going to be things happening.
I think people will argue with me but no matter how great you may be at planning or scheduling, at some point things will seem as though they're too much to handle.
And when that happens we need to recognise what the signs are so that we can stop it getting to the extreme where a tsunami descends. We want to learn to catch it when things are just showing up as little raindrops and stop us from getting too overwhelmed.
SIGN 1: When you stop enjoying what you're doing. You just start to dread waking up in the morning and I know if you've had a 9 to 5 job it’s like the Monday morning feeling. As entrepreneurs we are not meant to have that feeling. We are meant to bounce out of bed and say ‘Yes I love it because this is my businesses. But in reality there are times when you just don’t want to go and sit as your desk or interact with your clients or do any other kind of work within your business.
SIGN 2: You get easily irritated, angry or frustrated about people or situations. So it's recognising your personality and knowing if something is happening that isn't the norm for you.
SIGN 3: Your concentration isn’t there and it’s taking you 10 times longer to do things.
SIGN 4: Feeling of tightness in your chest. If feel this way when you think about your the long list of things that you have to do.
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What Can You Do When You Have Those Signs?
1: Acknowledge and actually listen to your body, hearing the other signs that are showing up in your life and seeing that maybe you need to just take a step back. And it's ok to take that step back.
2: Stop being a martyr and take a step back to reassess what's going on. That might just be – allowing yourself to take a day off and choosing to do whatever you want that is not related to your business or work.
3: Look at what you need to do and who you can ask for help.
It's really really important to acknowledge what your body needs from you.
4: You may need to start switching to eating more nourishing and better foods and taking care of your health.
5: Go for a walk on a regular basis rather than sit 8 hours 10 hours 12 hours in front of your computer.
6: Book time of in the diary for holidays or having as mini breaks.
7: Having some ‘ME TIME’ away from partners, children, family, friends and people in general. Schedule 30 mins a week, if that’s all you can manage.
I hope some of the tips that have shared with you will help. It’s remembering about noticing those signs before they get you into burnout. Recognising what you need to do to change your life, to change your patterns so that you get balanced again and you're able to carry on doing the work.
I don't want you to give up on your business but when you're a one person band then you need to look after yourself and nourish yourself so that you can keep on growing as your business grows.