5 Strategies to Help You Stay Motivated as a Creative Entrepreneur12:50 PM
You are an entrepreneur and running your own business , Running a business is hard work, especially if you’re doing it all on your own. The...
You are an entrepreneur and running your own business, Running a business is hard work, especially if you’re doing it all on your own. There is always a chance to burnout the business. Then you maybe wants to know "How to avoid a business burnout?" This article will help you all the steps you need to avoid this problem.
You have to juggle every project, every client, every task & every detail.
(Not to mention all of the stuff in between)
There are so many ups & downs with running your own business, it’s quite the roller-coaster.
When business isn’t so great…..it feels like your life is coming to an end (maybe not literally, but you know what I mean). Your spending most of your time worrying, than actually creating. It feels like you’ve just totally lost interest in your own business…and that’s scary.
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What’s is a Burnout?
Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place.” Source: www.helpguide.org
So, What’s a Business Burnout?!It’s when you become unproductive & totally unmotivated to do ANYTHING related to your business. Even if you love your clients, your industry & your business…. too much of a good thing, can still be too much.
Running your own business & having to deal with all the highs & lows…. and stress, can lead to some crazy emotional & mental exhaustion. It’s like, even though you have things you have to do (which normally you love doing)…. you’d rather curl up into a blanket cocoon and watch Netflix for 47 straight hours.
I think the biggest culprit of the-big-bad-burnout…..is lack of balance.
Focusing too much on business & not enough on ourselves.
Always putting clients & projects in front of our own priorities.
Having to juggle so many things, by yourself.
All of this causes stress and the burnout is a direct reflection of that.
I’m sure we’ve all felt this way, to some extent, in one way or another.
Sometimes, we totally know we’re in a burnout stage… and than we start to feel guilty about it, which just adds to the exhaustion…. which just amplifies the burnout.
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So How do we avoid it?Here’s 5 strategies to help you stay motivated as a creative entrepreneur:
#1 – Set Boundaries & Learn When To Say No
#2 – Make Time For Yourself
Not making time for yourself is a one-way ticket to burnout highway.
Don’t feel guilty about it, just go relax.
#3 – Get Organized
Is it a mess? Organize that too.
It’ll make you feel more productive, being surrounded by a nicely organized, clean work space.
Hire a virtual assistant to give you a hand…..your sanity is totally worth the investment.
I promise, you’ll be thanking yourself later!
#4 – Re-Evaluate Your Goals & Priorities
Sometimes we’re too close to the business to realize that it’s changing, little by little.
Sometimes we’re too focused on the little things, that we forget to look at the big picture.
Sit down and focus on what your business goal is, right now.
Maybe it’s different from when you first started, but that’s okay!
Write down & explain your ideal client.
Write down the motivation behind running your own business.
Write down the things that are most important to you; your priorities.
Visualizing your business this way can help you define little goals & priorities to help you get to where you want to be.
#5 – Find Your Inspiration
Work with your clients.
Work on your projects.
Work on your business.
You have to get re-inspired.
- Go experiment with recipes in the kitchen.
- Read a book about other successful creative’s business journey.
- Look at another person’s creative work, that isn’t in your industry.
- Browse Pinterest and try out a new craft.
- If you’re feeling extra saucy, get a new haircut.
Some ways that help me:
- Trying out new restaurants across town.
- Exploring somewhere I’ve never been, whether it’s a new hiking trail…or a trip out of town.
- Scooping out Groupon for deals on activities I haven’t tried out yet (this is how I started kickboxing…. and now I’m obsessed with it)
- Walking around the thrift store, looking for furniture to up-style & makeover.
- Teaching myself something new…..last year I bought a sewing machine…
- Browsing Pinterest for either inspirational quotes, or new DIY crafts.
- Experimenting with new recipes & tweaking them to make them my own.
- Reading books… self-help books, business books, or fiction books…. any books.
- Painting. Drawing. Coloring…..those adult coloring books are pretty addictive.
- Helping someone, with anything. Whether it’s in the form of donations, volunteering or teaching someone a few web design tricks that they’re having trouble with.
- Watching Shark Tank. Seriously. Something about those entrepreneurs make me want to get out a notebook and scribble down a million new business ideas.
Basically, do something that makes you happy.Really happy, like can’t think of anything else because you’re so focused on what you’re doing because it makes you happy…. happy.
Your inspiration isn’t gone forever, it’s just hiding…you have to go find it.
Basically, the bottom line is, burnouts suck. The key to avoiding them is figuring out your personal plan to staying balanced & motivated.