Leading a business is time-consuming, stressful, and demanding work, which can drain your excitement for the job and leave you frustrated and exhausted. Regardless of how much enthusiasm you had when first starting out, there eventually comes a point when the wear and tear of everyday worries begins to overshadow the passion you once had for your business. If you are feeling drained or uninspired, you may simply need a recharge. The good news is that in so doing, you may become more focused and effective than ever before.
If you recognize that you are feeling burned out and no longer find excitement or joy in leading your business, the best thing you can do for yourself is to step away from it. Workaholics take note: It does no one any good for you to continue allowing yourself to grow increasingly unhappy or exhausted while explaining all the reasons you cannot take time off.
In a fast-paced business environment, everyone needs time off to simply relax and refresh. This means stepping back from e-mail, voice mail, and having someone else cover those “in case of emergency” situations. A little physical — and mental — rest goes a long way, and this time apart from the daily grind of your business can be a big step toward regaining the vision you once had for your company.
After you’ve had time to unwind and refresh, come back to work planning to evaluate and reflect on the current state of your business. Try to look at things from a fresh perspective and don’t be afraid to enlist the help of your employees in doing so. In addition to looking for things that could be changed, consider if it is time to move the company in a new direction. This could mean anything from a shake-up in the business structure to tapping into a whole new market. Sometimes a fresh perspective will inspire you to pursue new challenges; however, be careful to make such decisions wisely. Don’t make a change for the sake of change alone.
The key to recharging your excitement is finding that work-life balance that allows you to enjoy life outside of the business as well as the time you spend in the office, sleeves rolled up and hard at work. Going forward, be sure to get regular exercise, which will keep your energy levels higher and make you feel better about yourself. Take regular lunch breaks. Spend time with positive-minded people and outside friends who may have no connection to your business — they will help you to keep things in perspective. Such simple steps will help you to rejuvenate, and you will be less likely to wear out when the burdens of leading a business become overwhelming.