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This lesson covers:

  • Why business owners are more likely to burn out 
  • The signs and symptoms of burnout
  • Actionable steps to avoid burnout
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Section 1: Why Are Business Owners Prone to Burnout?

Burnout is a condition caused by stress and exhaustion that can lead to reduced job satisfaction and performance.

 

Entrepreneurs are prone to burnout because they work longer hours, with 84% of business owners working more than 40 hours per week.

 

Evidence suggests that entrepreneurs are at higher risk of burnout because they often face isolation, uncertainty, and limited capital.

 

Passion fuels entrepreneurship, but the type of passion matters. There is “harmonious passion” and “obsessive passion.” Harmonious passion relates to the satisfaction derived from the job. Obsessive passion is about the status or monetary value derived from the job. Entrepreneurs who have obsessive passion are more likely to report being burned out.

Section 1 Quiz:
Why Are Business Owners Prone to Burnout?

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Burnout can lead to lower job satisfaction.
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Entrepreneurs' passion for their work can help them overcome burnout.
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Burnout can lead to lower job satisfaction.
Entrepreneurs' passion for their work can help them overcome burnout.
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Section 2: How Do I Know I’m Burned Out?

Burnout symptoms are varied, but the main signs are:

 

  1. Exhaustion
  2. Alienation
  3. Negative job performance

 

Burnout can affect your mental health or appear as physical symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, and more serious conditions like diabetes and coronary heart disease.

 

The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) measures burnout on three levels including:

 

  1. Emotional exhaustion
  2. Depersonalization
  3. Personal accomplishment

 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), burnout is not considered a medical condition, but an “occupational phenomenon”.

Section 2 Quiz:
How Do I Know I’m Burned Out?

2 Questions | True or False
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Everyone experiences the same burnout symptoms.
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Burnout is considered a medical condition by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Everyone experiences the same burnout symptoms.
Burnout is considered a medical condition by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Section 3: How Can I Avoid Burnout as a Business Owner?

Work when your energy is at its peak. Whether you’re a morning person or night owl, work when your energy is highest and try to rest when your energy is low.

Review your task list and delegate what you can. Having support can take items off your to-do list.

Prioritize your most important tasks and ditch the rest. Focus on the top three to-dos each day that will move your business forward.

Schedule periods of rest like you do other meetings. You can take 30 minutes for yourself. Consider going for a walk, reading, or napping.

Set alarms to focus on your health and wellness. Set an alarm to drink water, stretch, or step away from the computer.

Say no to things that aren’t in alignment with your business. Say yes to things that directly impact your business.

Get organized. Create systems in your business to streamline tasks.

Connect with others. Having social time with other business owners, peers, or friends can help you avoid isolation.

Unplug. Turn off your computer at the end of the day to signal that your workday is complete. Avoid looking at emails on your phone once your day is complete. Schedule time off on weekends or for a vacation at regular intervals.

Have a hobby that is not related to work. Take time to pursue your hobbies in your free time.

Get support if you need it. Seeing a counselor or a business coach can help you manage burnout.

Tip: Remind yourself of your “why” in your business and keep track of your accomplishments.

Section 3 Quiz:
How Can I Avoid Burnout as a Business Owner?

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Section 3 Quiz: How Can I Avoid Burnout as a Business Owner?

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To avoid burnout, you should:
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What are some ways you can take care of yourself as a business owner?
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When feeling burnt out, you should:
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To avoid burnout, you should:
What are some ways you can take care of yourself as a business owner?
When feeling burnt out, you should: