2 min read
25 May 2021

More often than not, small business owners end up doing everything, from taking executive decisions about 5-year goals to deciding on the interiors of the office, recovering payments, and arranging for business finance. But doing everything is more harmful than you imagine, and can lead to a burnout. A business burnout occurs when a founder is overloaded with work and urgent matters all the time.

Additional read: How to create a growth plan for your small business?

Here’s how to keep yourself from burning out, and manage your SME in the most efficient and productive way possible.

1. Learn to manage time like a pro

  1. Your time management skills will determine the success of your company in the short and the long term.
  2. It is important for you to create schedules or time-tables to manage time without losing sight of targets and deadlines. You can use scheduling and job list apps on your smartphone to remind yourself of tasks to be completed and arrange them in order of importance.
  3. While getting work done is important, it is also important for you to take time off for relaxation and leisure. This way, you can tackle your to-do list with renewed vigour.

2. Embrace delegation

  1. Don’t hesitate to assign tasks to your team and subordinates. Doing this can help you in more ways than one.
  2. Not only does it build employee morale and lead to better performance, it reduces your stress and also allows you to focus on the truly important tasks.
  3. When you delegate, establish a follow-up procedure so that you still give the final sign off and ensure that things are on track.

3. Be organised every step of the way

  1. It is natural for any upcoming business to have a never-ending to-do list. From picking an internet provider to hiring a tax auditor, there is a lot that you need to tackle.
  2. It is important that you prioritise the tasks that require attention first, and then go about completing the other work.
  3. Tackling your tasks in a haphazard manner can be exhausting and leads to disarray. Make daily, weekly and monthly priority lists to stay on track.

4. Pay attention to sleep, exercise, diet and downtime

  1. To prevent burning out, it is important to pay attention to the other aspects of your life such as relaxation, exercise, sleep and a healthy diet.
  2. When you ignore all these aspects of your life, your mind and body don’t get a chance to recover from the day's stresses. As a result, you burn out faster and cannot catapult your business into its next growth phase.

5. Set realistic goals and expectations

  1. Every organisation must work to achieve goals in a timely manner. But ensure that you set achievable targets. Setting unrealistic goals can put extreme pressure on you and your employees. This can cause you to burn out quicker.
  2. Unrealistic expectations also culminate into poor work-life balance, disinterest, and lack of satisfaction with one's work.

Managing finances is another aspect that can give you sleepless nights.

But, don't let it get to you. A business loan can help you tackle all your financial needs without any stress. Having sufficient cash flow makes it easier to hire the right kind of people to delegate tasks to, thus improving overall efficiency.

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