If you freelance or blog or have some other type of creative business it can be a lot of work. You have to always be on top of your game and hopefully you always have tasks you need to get done. Sometimes though if you schedule too much for the month you can get overwhelmed. Here are some steps to avoiding creative business burnout.
- Know your why. Why are you blogging, why do you freelance? Are you pushing yourself to reach a new level in your business? It can be important to have a mission statement to remind yourself. Knowing your purpose keeps you going, motivates you, and gives clarity.
- Set smart goals. Goals should be specific and measurable. You can have weekly and monthly goals. Consider having a 90 day plan. 90 days is enough time to make progress but not waste time with a strategy that needs to be reevaluated.
- Learn to say no. Don’t take on more than you can handle. Don’t pick up every gig you can. Think about your time and what you can do and do it well.
- Have a schedule and take breaks. Sometimes I just need to get away from the computer so I take a break. Freelancing is still a job and you need to have a “lunch” just like you would at a 9 to 5.
- Find a support system. This can be an accountability partner or even a Facebook group. Your friends and family might not really get it, but your other entrepreneurs you know will.
- Make time for other things like reading, Netflix, and going outside. Consider joining a gym. Makes time for self care.
Being your own boss it can be easy to get overwhelmed sometimes. But if you follow the steps above you should be on your way to avoiding creative business burnout. It’s important to love what you do but it shouldn’t be the ONLY thing that you do.