What to Do When You’re Doing Too Much and How to Tell

Spot the Signs of Business BurnoutI’ve known far too many people who have come really close to burnout often. In fact, this is a problem I often confront personally as I struggle to figure out better systems and ways to avoid burnout in the first place.

Mega Success or On the Road to Burnout?

This past year, I’ve watched so many highly successful business people burnout.

I’m talking people with six and seven figure businesses that seem to have it all. They’ve got all the right pieces in place in order to succeed with their company and are making great money, hiring team members, and expanding faster than you can imagine. But suddenly, it all seems to come crashing down and they check out of their business for weeks or even months.

These are people who are high achievers and it can be shocking to realize that all of us, including these high achievers, are prone to burn out. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help avoid the burnout process or to curb it before it becomes too serious. You need to simply know when you’re doing too much. What follows are some of the signs I’ve noticed when I’m getting too close to doing too much.

Feeling Tired

If every day you’re struggling to get over basic fatigue and it seems as though you can never get enough sleep, this is one sign that you could be suffering from burn out and are trying to do too much.

Getting Frustrated with Your Work

The passion that you initially brought to the table with your business has now faded into frustration or even hatred. This is a key sign that you need to make a big shift in your business, whether it’s the type of work that you do or how you do it. Going on for too long could have you facing significant burnout.

You Think Often About Simply Closing Up Shop Completely

When you get to the point that you have worked so hard for months or years to build your company and then you’re thinking about giving it all up because you can’t imagine doing one more day, you’re headed straight for the burnout and frustration that cannot be reversed. You need to stop yourself before this happens in full. Doing so is one of the most important things you can do to prevent the physical and emotional consequences of a burnout situation.

You Get Anxiety Even Thinking About Particular Clients

One of the most important things you can do to prevent burnout before it happens and to tell when you’re doing too much is that you get frustrated or even full of anger when a particular client reaches out to you. This means that you have taken on clients who are not the right fit for your business and who are exposing you to the risk of burn out and all of its associated problems. Your decision to take the right steps to cut these people out or to reframe the relationship with boundaries is very important for your own sanity.

Laura Pennington

Laura Pennington burned out teaching 7th grade in Baltimore City and realized that traditional education was not for her in the midst of pursuing her PhD in public policy. She launched a freelance writing and virtual assistant career that allows her to work from home on her own time, teaching others how to build at-home businesses and providing content and strategy for major companies like Microsoft. She is a soon-to-be military spouse who has moved four times in seven years with her Navy man. She is a former competitive tap dancer and enjoys spending time with her cats and reading books like a good nerd should.

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