How to avoid burn out small business owner

JUST SAY NO

Taking on too much can seriously make you lose your sh*t

There is only so much we can do – both practically (24 hrs in a day) and emotionally (unless you want to burn out).

Saying ‘No’ allows you to say ‘Yes’ to more important things.

By saying yes to stuff because you’re over ambitious…

or a people pleaser…

or an ‘it will look good on my CV’ addict…

or a subconscious ‘fill my days with so much that I don’t have to face the challenge of reaching for my dream goals’ gal…

means that you’re saying no to things that will keep you happy and healthy.
And your business happy and healthy.

Ya know, vital stuff like self care (getting enough sleep, movin’ your body down the gym, chillin’ with your family) or taking that first step towards the life you KNOW you are meant to be living.

And self care can actually include switching off your phone and taking 5 to enjoy a spot of vegan gelato. Say YES to that! Just sayin’…

Here’s how to say ‘No’

  • Make a list of all your commitments – both work and social ones.
  • What can you say no to and claim even just one hour a week to use to chill out, invest in self care or start that course/business you’re itching to do?
  • If you have a hard time deciding then assess each of your commitments with this question: “does this take me towards my seriously awesome goals…or does it distract me?”
  • And if your head is still confused, listen to your gut. If it contracts when you think about that commitment and makes you feel blurgh, it’s time to get rid of it. Or at least reduce your involvement in it.

Yes, you might disappoint some people, and yes some people might get all judgy (jealous, more like) but screw it – this is your life and you owe it yourself and your loved ones to take care of yourself.

If in doubt, just say it like Phoebe from Friends: “I wish I could come… but I don’t want to.”

Now it’s your turn!

What can you say no to this week to free up just one hour of your precious time for more important things? Be bold!

Let me know in the comments below! And let me know how you’re spending your time instead. Gelato, maybe? 🙂

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