If you have fallen out of love with your business, you’re not alone. It happens to the best of us. But what should you do if you feel burned out, or you hate your customers, or you dread going into work? What can you do if you’re just not into it anymore?
Trust us, there are things you can do to help in this situation. Today we are going over six strategies that you can use to get your heart, soul, and mind back into your business.
Understand if it’s really an issue with you or the business. As entrepreneurs, we carry our whole selves with us to work. If you are feeling over it, take a step back and think about whether it’s really because of something to do with the business, or if you are just having a bad day, week, month. Are you getting enough sleep, are you eating right, are you taking care of your body, do you need some time off, have you had personal things going on that are hard? How you are feeling about the business may be related to personal underlying issues, and not the actual business itself.
Take some time and space for yourself. Taking a break can mean staying away from emails or text messages for a couple of hours or it could mean going on a longer vacation. Do what you need to clear your head and refocus. Go for a walk, take time for a hobby you love, go hang out with family. Maybe you need a few hours or a half-day, maybe you take off a few days or maybe you just have breaks on a regular basis. Put up boundaries if you need to--no calls on certain days, stop working at a certain time each day, etc…
Delegate. As entrepreneurs, we like doing everything on our own, but it’s not healthy. In the beginning, you may have to do that, but as your business grows you have to grow with it and you have to have people around you who you can delegate things to. Offloading things you don’t enjoy or you’re not good at can really help keep you from getting burned out.
Get a new lens. There is a saying that goes, you can’t see the forest for the trees. When we focus on small details and when we are in the thick of it on a daily basis, it’s hard to see the big picture. Sometimes we have to step back from work, so we can get a different perspective. Being so close to the problem makes the problem seem bigger than it is and it’s hard to see the answer. By doing something non-work related, it helps you relax and think about things differently.
Branch out. Try new things, be innovative, get out of your normal routine. Try something in your business that you haven’t done before. These things can really open up your mind, it can be refreshing, and it can give you a new outlook on the business. It will help you stay engaged and it can be very invigorating.
Maybe it’s time to STOP. It might be time to end the business and do something else. If it’s not going well or if it is something you’re just not enjoying, there’s nothing wrong with closing that chapter in your life. Knowing when to stop something is just as important as knowing when to start. This should be your last resort, don’t just give up easily. But if you’ve tried your best, you’ve done what you can, and it’s still not working out, maybe it’s time to stop and move on to something else. Life is too short to be miserable.