Far too many business owners are suffering from burnout these days. Part of the problem stems from our society’s emphasis on working long, grueling hours. The phenomenon can be seen in research published with the Association for Psychological Science. A record 1.7% of all workers left their jobs in December 2014, which has been rising ever since.
Fatigue is even more common among the self-employed, because they tend to push themselves harder and can’t easily take time off. Boosting productivity during working hours is essential, so you won’t need to work excessive hours and be too exhausted later.
Unfortunately, too many business owners don’t have anything to show for their hard work. The problem is that they are prioritizing busyness over productivity.
Increasing Productivity and Lowering Burnout
Are you feeling constantly exhausted and don’t have enough to show for it? You may not be managing your time efficiently enough. Here are some tips to be more productive and less fatigued.
Eliminate Electronic Distractions
If you hear a construction crew outside your house, your first instinct is probably to relocate to another room so you can focus better. Most of us are pretty good about getting rid of obvious distractions.
However, the digital revolution has created a whole new set of distractions that we seem to forget about. Social media addiction is one of the biggest problems. Research has found that the average person spends 1.72 hours a day on social media, which is often done during the workday. Unlike people with a day job, self-employed people that spend time on social media don’t get paid.
You may be surprised by how much more productive you’ll be if you turn off your cell phone and avoid using social media.
Stop Sacrificing Sleep
Most people need at least seven hours of sleep every night. Approximately 30% get less than six hours a night. Inadequate sleep is especially common among business owners, because they are tempted to work late into the night to get more done.
Unfortunately, this is a race to the bottom, because their productivity will suffer as they accumulate a sleep debt. Try to get more sleep and you may find that you will be a lot more productive during the day, which means you won’t need to work so long into the night.
Stop Taking on Low Paying Projects
Entrepreneurs often have trouble saying no to people that want their help. The temptation is understandable since you only generate money from taking on paying projects. However, the money they get from those projects may not be enough to compensate them for their exhaustion.
In the long run, you’ll need to avoid taking on work that you won’t be compensated well for. This will keep you from being burned-out and allow you to serve your clients better.