How to Get Out of a Rut and Avoid Burnout

How to Get Out of a Rut

There comes a time in business when you feel as though you’ve become stuck in a rut from all of the dull day to day routines.

Making creative moves and changes in your processes or systems can seem impossible when you find yourself trapped in a slump. Also, the longer you feel stuck, the harder it can be to get yourself out and you start to feel stress and burnout.

When this happens, it’s time to pause and look at things through a different lens.

Below are a few ideas that can help you break out of the monotony so you can stir up some passion for your business again.

Take a Break

Burning the candle at both ends may be necessary to get your business up and running; however, after a while, you are likely to burn out.

It may be difficult to force yourself to take a break after pushing your business so hard, but it’s the smartest thing you can do to help break out of the doldrums.

Most likely you won’t be able to step away from your company for months at a time, but you can take a long weekend and give your brain and body a much-needed reprieve from the demands of the business.

Your family and friends will appreciate spending some downtime with you. Perhaps you can pick up an old hobby that you had put on the backburner when starting your company.

It will be hard to switch gears and slow yourself down, but in the end, you will appreciate the feeling of renewal.

Taking a break every so often can also help you evaluate and adjust those things that need attention or redirection.

Brain Dump and Mind Map

When you return from your break, it will be an excellent time to come up with a new plan, or adjust the roadmap. Whether you chose to use software or pen and paper, it’s best to get it all written down. Make notes of everything that you are doing in your company currently.

• Social Media
• Sales
• Customer Service
• Research and Development
• Bookkeeping
• And more

Put it all down on the list. When you see it all in black and white, it can be quite revealing.

An Honest Review

Once you have your list, take some time to look it over and give it an honest assessment. It’s unproductive to lie to yourself, so take as much time as you need to evaluate what is working and what isn’t. Be honest with yourself and don’t make excuses. Use your list and make notes on what needs correction and what is running well just the way it is.

Adjust and Chart a New Course

Now that you’ve established what needs correcting it should be reasonably easy to come up with an action plan on how to change those things. Start with the short term goals and write your action plan out for the coming week so you can refer to it as needed.

Having your plan written out will help keep you on track and focused.

Keep working and whittling away at the list of business systems that were not flowing as well as they should. Remember, as you are working through all the processes, that you still need to incorporate times of rest to keep your work and personal life in a healthy balance.

This is a never-ending struggle that many small business owners face, but it will ultimately help you to avoid burnout.

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