By Jessica Loving-Campos, co-founder of artboss

We’ve all been there. That feeling when you realize that you’ve quite possibly taken too much on and the water level is rising. Whatever you’re doing is no longer sustainable and unless you find a way to legitimately clone yourself, this feeling… well, it can only go on like this for so long. It’s called burnout.

As entrepreneurs, we are all familiar with the level of work that goes into building something. It takes every ounce of everything one can muster up and sometimes even that feels like it gets one absolutely nowhere. And if we’re parents and spouses… if we have other jobs, well, our time is already limited.

The fact is that if you are building a business, you’ve probably experienced burnout in some form or phase. We haven’t figured it all out, but we have effectively identified a few little handy tips that might aid in you avoiding the dreaded burnout. Because let’s remember — no vacation or long weekend can take away the sting of true burnout.

 

Draw a big circle around your personal time. And don’t let anything else in.

Seriously. Time away from the hustle is as important as the hustle. You need to rejuvenate, refuel and refill your reserves to keep going. That means communicating with your clients that there are times that you are working and times that you are simply out of touch. You set the rules. You draw the perimeters. And it’s up to you to hold true to this.

Things to think about:

If you work from home, how is your space set up? Do you have to walk by your work space/studio to get coffee in the morning? Finding a way to truly and wholly separate work from living spaces will help you better align with on and off time.

Is your phone harassing you with nonstop notifications? Play with the settings to turn these off during your off hours. If an email comes in at 9 p.m., it can wait.

Keep social media in check. Need we say more?

 

Remember: it’s about your long game.

It can be easy to get swept up in a panic and feel like everything has to be done today. There are so many overused statements concerning Rome and how it wasn’t built in the span of 24 hours… but that’s true. This game is about being slow and steady. Keeping your eye on the horizon. And remembering: it’s all about your long game. There will be ups and downs along the way. And that’s fine. Over the course of the days, weeks, months, years… that’s what matters. The go-go-go pace that is full of fire and excitement in the beginning can only go on for so long. It quickly consumes all of the oxygen, if left unchecked.

Things to think about:

Write out your long and short term goals and post this list in a very visible space. Conquer the short term ones first and keep your eye on the far-out goals. Little steps lead to big wins.

 

Find your tribe.

Here at artboss, we’re strong believers in finding your tribe. Did you know that entrepreneurs deal with a heightened likelihood of depression and anxiety? And it’s no wonder as to why. Isolation, intense stress, imposter syndrome… these are all very real. Find a tribe of people who are in the trenches with you. People who speak your language, feel your fears. It helps to have friends who are in the same place… people who understand the perfectly unique obstacles that we have as creative entrepreneurs.

Things to think about:

Host a happy hour. Airing and processing your celebrations and obstacles with a circle of friends can do wonders for the psyche!

Building a business takes steady strength — you have to keep showing up and doing the work. Stamina and traction are key. But running in a full sprint up to the steepest of summits will only burn you out, leaving not a trace of fuel. With a slow and steady pace, you’ll surely get there. But you need to take care of yourself first.