Stress comes with running a business. The balancing act of carrying out their responsibilities and making sound decisions that not only affect their business but also the employees relying on the organisation’s success can become overwhelming for a business owner that after an extended period of time under these conditions, the high levels of stress leads to burnout.

A business burnout can affect each person differently, but the results are similarly dangerous not just to the business but to the owner’s physical and mental health as well. Putting enormous pressure on yourself to excel can do that to a person.  That’s why you should learn how to spot a burnout before it could affect you and your business.

  • Running on empty

The occasional exhaustion is part of being a human especially when you’re running a business in this fast-paced world. Maybe it’s from spending all night prepping for a board meeting and client meetings, but if you’re tired all the time, you’re likely suffering from burnout.

When there’s too much demand placed on business owners to keep their companies operating day after day, year after year, your work would always be exhausting that you’ll start to feel as no amount of rest is enough.

  • Feeling overwhelmed

Operating a small business often means needing to resolve issues no matter how small or trivial such as cash flow issues, customer service issues, employee problems, and more. Sometimes, too much responsibility makes them feel as if they’re operating a “one-man show” which can feel overwhelming. You might feel so overwhelmed that you just want to abandon your work.

Even if you’re a leader, you’re not immortal either. You’re human and human bodies have limitations. For your own health, there need to be some limitations. While you might want to keep moving forward, when it gets too much, no matter how hard you try to push yourself you won’t be able to keep on going.

  • Passion turns to Frustration

When most business owners start with their business, they’ll get so excited that they would work tirelessly to reach their goals and passion is a driving force. It propels them to move forward and enjoy themselves even with having to face the challenges that come to your way.

One of the most obvious hints for burnout is the detachment from work that once brought purpose and vitality. A person approaching business burnout wouldn’t even be excited about their work as they once were. Any goals or plans that were once motivating would become bland and painful, and any work that needs to be done wouldn’t feel worth it.

This can be especially disastrous for the workplace as passion is often connected to a professional’s abilities. A burned out individual’s performance that was once full of vitality would no longer feel inspired or excited which is needed for your success in the business world.

As you lose motivation, it would become too difficult even just to acknowledge the challenges that naturally come your way which would quickly lead to the suffering of your business as passion is often directly linked with young professionals’ ability to achieve success in the business world.

  • Procrastination

At some point, at least everyone has been guilty of doing a bit of procrastinating here and there, but regular procrastination is another clear sign that you’re in serious need of a break. People on the brink of burnout have a hard time to keep up with the pace of your current workload.

When business owners let procrastination become a habit, it would leave a heaping pile of incomplete work on their desks or an overflowing amount of unopened emails in your inbox.

Once you’re experiencing burnout, this wouldn’t be the time to push yourself to create. For the sake of your business, you need to focus on self-care as much as you would for the numbers. Recognise the signs for experiencing burnout and take a break when you do. Small and manageable changes in your work would go a long way.

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Garret Norris

Garret is the founder and CEO of Business Coaches Sydney and through his company, remains dedicated as ever to use his training and real life business experience to meet his passion to see business succeed through disciplined management, creative marketing and committed client service.