Okay, here's the deal. Sometimes, as entrepreneurs we get so caught up in the endless "to-dos" required to keep our business running that we forget to have fun.
This happens a lot. When you first start out, you’re so determined to succeed and make things happen that you often end up taking on too much. Before you know it, you burn out and working on your business starts to feel too much like your old job used to feel. You know, the one you hated so much that you had to quit before you lost your mind.
You might not even have realized yet that you’re in this place, but if you are, don’t fret! There are ways to fix this and bring back more fun into your business.
The last thing you want is to start hating your work because the reason you started this in the first place is to feel more enjoyment in what you do, right? And if you’re thinking, “Oh no, I still love what I do and have so much fun”, that’s wonderful! However, keep in mind that it’s still wise for you to follow the tips below, so that you never reach that stage of frustration.
So if you’re feeling a little frazzled and overwhelmed, the first thing I would suggest to you is to make a list of all your favourite parts of your business. Write down everything you love to do and as you’re making this list, acknowledge your deep appreciation that you get to do what you love every day.
Then make a list of the tasks that you dislike and that drive you crazy. Out of this list, think really hard about what you could possibly outsource. I know that at first it might not seem possible to hire someone to do things for you, but it might very well be worth it to at least start with outsourcing one small project or assignment. So if you dread responding to customer service emails, for example, you could hire a virtual assistant to do that part for you, so that you’re freed up to do the creative work that you love. Often the time you save on these tedious tasks is well worth the money spent (and it may not be as expensive as you think).
Next, I would highly suggest signing up for a mastermind group. This can be a small group of people who are in a similar place as you. The idea is to share your goals with your mastermind partners and keep each other accountable. Honestly, if you can’t find a group that resonates with you, you can always start one yourself. Simply go to some Facebook groups that match your industry and ask around if anyone would be interested in joining you. Sometimes it’s great to even have only 2 people in a group because you can really dive deep and create strong support for each other.
And last but definitely not least, make sure to always take enough rest! I know this can be hard, especially if you’ve been told that you need to work 24/7 in the beginning stages of your business because that’s the only way you’ll succeed. Well I strongly disagree. I, for one, did not start my own business to work like a dog. Oh no, I started my own business so that I could enjoy more freedom in my life. And what makes it “freedom-like” if I work all the time and never take any rest? If you attempt this “work all the time” idea, I promise you that eventually you will burn out and you will start to resent your business for it. Why even go there? It’s totally not worth it, so please take regular days off every week and make sure to spend some time doing fun things that have nothing to do with your business. This will also fuel your creativity!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. How are you keeping your business fun and exciting? Share in the comments below. I’m sure we can always learn from each other :)