5 tips to avoid burnout while starting a new business

February 22, 2023
Starting a new business takes time and commitment. Usually a lot more time and commitment than we anticipate! So how can you avoid burning out while moving forward on your entrepreneur journey? The answer is to apply these tips I share with you below.

5 tips to avoid burnout while starting a new business:
  1. Simplify

    You can’t do it all. There, I’ve said it! Really, to commit to your new business you do need to simplify your commitments in other areas of your life. You do not need to give up everything but you do need to be mindful of anything else that takes up your time and energy.

Can you reduce your time spent or give up 1 regular activity that requires your energy and attention?

  1. Use boundaries

    Don’t let the business take over all of your time. Use boundaries. Carve out specific days and specific times throughout the week, when you will not work on your business and commit to it.

eg. Sundays all day, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings you will not do any business activities.

  1. Keep up your relationships

    The business startup process will take up your time, but you should still ensure you stay in contact with your core social circle. If you have to reduce the frequency of your social activities that’s fine, but be sure to keep in contact regularly.

Tip: Diarise social outings with friends in advance, to ensure you keep in touch.

  1. Understand your true strengths

    A true strength is visible in the things we find easy to do, that do not deplete our energy. It’s important you start to recognise what your true strengths are what they are not.  Some tasks you will find harder, cumbersome and draining. This is an example of a task outside of your true strengths. 

Tip: Use your true strengths to direct how you tackle tasks. Non-strength tasks should be done when you are most alert and energetic.

  1. Build systems

    Create, document and maintain systems for your business tasks. Each task that you must do regularly should have a step-by-step process and an allocated time each week. Documenting and using systems will help you work more efficiently but also overcome procrastination. When there is a documented step-by-step, it’s easier to get started with a task.

eg. Document the steps to create and post to your social media channels. Schedule a time in your calendar each week to do this.

The Solo Startup Coach acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live and work, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

2023 The Solo Startup Coach | Privacy Policy