Prevent burnout

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Burnout is part of the entrepreneurial stress cycle. But, it doesn’t have to overtake your life, says a Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Managers Memo that was distributed years ago, but still has pertinence for today. 

Here are a few tips for becoming refreshed and reinvigorated:

  • Take a one-day rest cure. Step away from the business and slow down life by spending time with family, friends and away from the business.
  • Balance business and work. If work is all-consuming, it’s wise to step back and create a life plan that addresses four key questions: What do I want out of life? How can the business help me accomplish that? What does the business need to look like? How do I get it to look like that?
  • Don’t let your business schedule ruin your personal life. Instead of allowing your business calendar to continually encroach upon your personal life, give yourself some comp time.
  • Realize the business won’t go to “heck in a handbag” if you’re gone for a day or two. While you are a valuable part of the business, you are not the entire business — and other employees or relief help might appreciate the responsibility role assigned to them in your absence.

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