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Get clear about who you're serving

Get clear about who you're serving

Think about your favorite clients, the ones that fit well with your business model, those who compensate you well, and those who you enjoy working with.

Once you've figured out who your ideal clients are, these are the clients you should seek more of and replicate in your business.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 7 burnout-busting tips for freelancers who work too much

Know your vision for your business

One of the first steps to taking back your time and avoid overworking that leads to burnot is to have a clear vision about the goals you want to reach with your business.

When you have a clear vision, it will help you set reasonable expectations and decide how you'll structure your business to give you more time for your personal life.

Be conscious of your choices and make sure it fits the things that are important in your life.

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Protect your personal time

Ultimately, to avoid burnout, it's good to establish boundaries for yourself and others around you. Choose your "office hours" and stick to them.

By having one day off per week, it is less likely that you will experience burnout. Constant overworking will only cause your work and product to suffer.

When you have a clear understanding of your business financials, work efficiently, and prioritize your own time, you can tame the tendency to overwork.

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Block your time for the greatest efficiency

If you haven't tried it yet the time-blocking method of planning your day will help make time for more things in your life.

Services like bookkeeping, scheduling, marketing, and other tasks can be automated or even outsourced. That way, you can spend time on the things that generate revenue, add value, and help make your business become stronger.

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Avoid the scarcity thinking trap

Do you ever get anxious about whether or not the client hires you again? If you have, you have to battle thoughts like that away. This kind of mindset is what we call scarcity thinking.

To move forward from that mindset you should put more effort into your marketing. By keeping yourself consistent with work, you won't be as concerned about where the next job is going to come.

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Analyze your numbers

When running a business it's foolish to not have clear financial goals and benchmarks. Without these, you'll find yourself chasing projects after projects because you don't know if you've made enough to cover your salary, expenses, taxes, and other obligations.

Take the time to create a clear picture of your financials, track them throughout the month to make sure that you don't go off-track.

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Streamline your work

As you operate your business, always be on the lookout for more efficient ways of working.

If there are areas in your business that isn't working right then this is something that needs to be addressed.

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  • Rather than saying "I can’t" or "I’m not able to" when you’re declining a request, focus on the positive
  • Instead try, “Here’s what I can do for you.” That way, you’ve set a boundary with your client or colleague about what you’re not able or willing to do, but you’ve also indicated that you’re willing to find a workable solution.

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Public problem solvers

In these dark days, the world is full of profound and deepening problems. Some leaders realise the need to work differently to achieve their goals and impact the world.

Public problem-solvers possess a skill set that can be applied to any public problem for making measurable change. However, public problem solving is not yet a defined field. Some people use the term "social innovator" or "change agent."

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The words you use matter

Good communication skills are essential for fostering strong relationships with team members and being able to motivate people.

Some of the things we say can improve how we are perceived. For example, saying "sorry" too often and for the wrong reasons might hinder how confident you appear. Instead of saying "sorry for the delay," say "thanks for your patience."

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