Practice self-care

Practice self-care

... before burnout symptoms arise.

Making time for your emotional wellness is something only you can do. Sure, your friends and family can help you stick to a healthy schedule, but only you can manage your calendar in a way that allows for the practice of self-care every single day. 

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Make conscientious choices

... about how you spend your time.  Others will come to value your time only if you value it first.

For example, be aware of the calendar invitations that you accept. If it’s from your boss or client, you probably have to go. But if it’s a group meeting that you could easily catch up on from one of your colleagues, decline.

Stick to your boundaries

Setting professional boundaries doesn’t mean that you have to be super rigid.

Give yourself some flexibility to get involved with new adventures and projects (and understand that sometimes you have no choice but to say “yes” to that urgent task your boss just assigned you). Keep the context in mind. 

Put your phone down

Our phones can be some of the best tools out there, but only if we keep them solidly in that “tools” category of our lives and not make them an obsession.

Start each day with intention

... and away from your inbox.

Stuff always comes up, but giving yourself a foundation, any foundation, on which to construct your priorities for the day will only keep you building a more productive life. You can’t control the chaos, but you can control your response to it.

Define balance for yourself

Balance looks different for everyone. It all depends upon what you value at any given time, what you want to achieve, and when you want to achieve it.

But thinking of your career as something standing in opposition to everything else in your world will definitely make you miserable.

What you say 'Yes' to

The wrong move is to say “yes” if you don’t have the available resources to do another task.

If it’s not a ‘hell yes,’ then it’s a ‘no.’ That means if it’s a “maybe,” then it’s a “no.”

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Many of us are working longer hours than we should be just because we are wasting time on low-value activities.

Track your time for a few days to identify your distractors and the low-values tasks that should be delegated.

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Treat Your Mind

Stressing your mind with heavy tasks reduces the output and quality of your work. Within your budget, strive to awe yourself with unique activities and you will recover faster from the stress.

It’s also important to take some time to think on the nature and purpose of your work, outside of the pressure of doing the work itself. This can be a restorative therapy to improve the way you approach your business and your career.

Take a Vacation and Fully Unplug
Vacations with loved ones will help entrepreneurs avoid burnout. It's important to put on an out-of-office message, too, and not respond to emails. Another benefit of taking a vacation is you set a good example for hard-working employees.

—Jesse Pujji, Ampush

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