Thoughts about Personal Burnouts and its effects on businesses

Who got me into writing all of this…

My App.net buddy @noivad got me thinking about the dangers of the burnout. For a whole lot of while, I was thinking about a sustainable business. Having habits that will outlast your motivation and help you push through the burnout.

@bojan good practice, as long as you have some sort of downtime activity. From experience, I can tell you working all the time & not doing anything wears on you greatly. It leads to burnout & diminishing returns. Couch’tater downtime can be refreshing. via @noivad

While he is right that I am working non stop, for the time being I am not facing any burnout what-so-ever. I occasionally take breaks, where I completely shut off, but for the most time, working non stop is a part of my routine, and I don’t feel as if it is pushing stress on top of me.

Change is a challenge

Changing means getting out of your comfort zone. And lately I feel as my life is in the similar rhythm, and getting to do new things is challenging in an of itself. Your energy levels are in tune with what you are doing, and doing something new means spending more energy than you have.

That is why a lot of people are stagnant in their lives. They simply don’t have the energy to expand their lives, beyond what they already do and have. But their current lifestyle are consistently adding more energy expenditure! This can also be related to nutrition, but that also requires a lot of energy in order to change.

And than you feel like you’re stuck. Stuck in the dead end. I got this notion from a lot of people in the online world. I used to have it myself. I went through massive burnout when I underwent career change “from banking to digital marketing”.

And I witnessed a crash after a while, on first job in my life. I was pushing and pushing for 6 months and than I’ve collapsed under the pressure of lack of results. I’ve failed. And I moved on. But in the meanwhile I’ve started a website, this one. And it is still growing, 2 years and counting.

Challenge your burnout

Burnouts come out of lack of energy, diminished or non existent motivation and lack of results. You need to cope with all three of these problems at the same time.

If you don’t save energy for the things that are important to you, you will never get accomplish them.

  • Lack of energy needs to be countered with good workout routine.
  • Motivation can be countered by watching 1 good motivational video per day.
  • And results can be achieved by doing your money making task

My own example

Some people wonder how can I work on Alpha Efficiency for so long, without giving up, even though I am not delivering the financial results that I desire, but still keep going on? The reason behind this, is the fact that I am running this website as a marathon. A lot of things I’ve already done, are the part of the bigger puzzle, and I know how I want the end result to look like.

When you know where you are going, nothing represents the problem.

Every single action is in coherence with another. I don’t blame life circumstances, I make them.

Personal burnouts lead to Huge Business Failure Rates

There is a huge failure rate of newly started businesses, because people simply can’t create enough circumstances that will allow their business to thrive.

But before they get to that point, they are not enabling the right environment for themselves that will let them build and grow their business. You can’t manage someone or something else, unless you’re taking control of yourself FIRST.

If you don’t want to face burnouts than Critical factor is to manage yourself.

Reframing investments to push through burnouts

A lot of business owners that are just starting up, will have a challenge about all the things that they DON’T have.

This is the wrong mentality, especially when you are running low on resources. Focus on what you have, and develop from there. Work with what you’ve got, because time spent focusing on what you don’t have is pulling you away from your company mission, and further away from making some money in the process.

Invest from the money you’ve already earned and than invest it in a friction that might cause your burnout. Also consider outsourcing, this activity alone, gave me a great piece of mind and eliminated massive friction!

Final thoughts

Make a strategic decision about the most important activity regarding your own life and perhaps your own business. Once you identify it, you gotta rinse and repeat, and that can be the only thing that you should burn yourself out with.

For me, this activity is writing. For you, it might be sales. Whatever it is, that should be the only measure of your personal productivity. How much time, and how much efficiently did I accomplish my money making task. For the rest of the stuff, get someone else to do them.