It is a running gag among many business founders and owners that their work-life balance is a myth. With the hustle culture being rampant, many founders do not set aside any time for themselves for things other than their work.
Such a work culture increases the chances of burnout among founders. And if they are not able to recover from it quickly, it spells trouble for their business.
Once all the stress of building and scaling a business gets to a founder, burnout is then just around the corner. Burnout is a constant state of exhaustion that hinders their focus and dulls their competence. When faced by a founder, burnout is even more troublesome as they have a team and a business that is fully dependent on them.
A successful business needs a healthy founder, not one that is constantly experiencing burnout. Burnout is a sign of bad mental health and needs immediate attention.
The signs of a burnout
Let’s look at the signs of burnout for a founder and the ways to deal with them so that they can be avoided in the future.
Things in personal life take a complete backseat
Ask any founder and they will tell you, their business is extremely important to them and they will work really hard to make it a success. But if this starts affecting a founder’s personal life, in a way that they no longer have one, it is an immediate sign that burnout is on the way.
There is a life beyond work and it’s very important to have a healthy personal life. Things like having a healthy diet, getting proper sleep every night, spending some quality time with people one cares about, or just pursuing a hobby play a huge role in our lives. They allow for good mental health and are essential for self-care.
It is important to create better routines that allow you as a founder to distribute your time between work and personal life in a more balanced manner.
You are no longer excited about things as before
A burnout is our body physically telling us that it can no longer function in a normal manner. When burnout starts, you start losing interest in things that once made you very excited. You drag yourself to do these tasks, rather than take joy in doing them like you used to.
You will need to find ways to break your workday and routine so that you can work on things that give you a sense of excitement. It could be new tasks or projects, taking 10-15 minute quick breaks, jamming to your favorite band, or anything else. What you need is something to break the cycle and you have something different to do than the usual.
Health issues are plaguing you
A big sign of an impending burnout and crash is that your health is taking a visible hit. Some experience constant headaches, others insomnia, and other fight fatigue every day. When these do not go away, you have a problem.
Health is a critical part of our life, and it is important as a founder to keep in good health. You cannot ignore recurring health concerns and keep them on the backburner. You will need to consciously make the effort to take a step back and assess your condition.
You need to disconnect from work for a while and take a view of how work is affecting you. Get the right medical attention to get yourself back in full health.
Founder burnout, if not given due attention and taken seriously, will have far-reaching consequences – on both the business and the personal life of the founder. A founder experiencing burnout cannot lead a business successfully. It impacts everyone working there, and will result in sub-optimal work and results.
A great way to avoid burnout is finding and maintaining a balance between different aspects of your life. And it is always important to reach out for help when you need it. With the right support system in place, you can work on regaining your lost perspective and health, and come back with renewed energy and focus to drive your business upwards.
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