Avoid burnout and keep your business on track with this 5 Step Program. When you have a lot of work to get done and you’re all the help you have, it is important to guard your momentum as well as your time. Follow the steps below and you’ll reduce the risk of burnout while increasing your odds of success.
Anti-Burnout Step 1: Chunk’em.
Chunk’em. Tasks, that is. Carve your massive to-do list into chunks of related tasks. Typical chunks include writing or designing. For example: Setup tasks include choosing a niche or product, reserving a domain name, signing up for webhosting and installing WordPress. Writing tasks include basic website pages, blog posts and autoresponder messages.
Anti-Burnout Step 2: Convert Chunks to Projects
Convert chunks to projects. Project one could be completing setup tasks. Other example projects include: compiling topic lists for blog posts, completing autoresponder messages or integrating website design with Facebook. When you work on specific projects, you are working on only those tasks for that project.
Anti-Burnout Step 3: Assign a Specific Time Frame to Each Project.
Time periods should be adjusted to fit the tasks. Ideally, no project should fill more than 30 days. At the end of each project, give yourself a day (or two) off before starting the next. If a project is going to consume your time, let family and friends know in advance. When you are determining time frames for projects, be sure to include time for the unexpected. This is much like planning for traffic when you are headed to an important meeting. Plan for obstacles and interruptions so that you are ready for whatever might get in your way. This way your momentum won’t be stalled by the interruption.
Anti-Burnout Step 4: Tackle Only the Specified Project
Have you ever sat down at your desk intending to complete thing number one only to realize at the end of the day that you worked on every task except thing number one?While you are working on a project, confine your time and attention to that project only. The more you train yourself in focusing on the project at hand, the less susceptible you’ll be to shiny object syndrome and other fatal distractions.
Anti-Burnout Step 5: Take a Break When A Project is Done
Once you have completed a project, take a break. Whether it is one day, one week or even longer, get away from business altogether for a time. Spend some downtime with family or friends. Enjoy a hobby or even a mini-vacation. This not only clears your mind for the next project, it also contributes to creativity. Successful entrepreneurs have discovered the link between time away from work and solving work problems. It is amazing how often the perfect insight occurs while doing something relaxing rather than while working.