Lately I’ve felt burnout, exhausted, dog-tired.
I’ve been running a marathon for over two years, first it was juggling a full-time job plus a side gig, which then became my new full time career (yep – this business).
Within 2 weeks of taking my little side hustle full time, my client roster was full. I was ecstatic… until it came time to build my business.
After taking care of my clients, I sometimes feel like I’m back to having two jobs, with the added pressure of the success of both being squarely on me.
There are days I feel like I’m running on fumes.
So what to do?
I have two go-to strategies.
Focus on the top three goals for the day
Each night, I take 5-10 minutes to list out my top three priorities for the next day.
Why the night before?
Because it allows me to start my day with clear direction, versus addressing the loudest voice in my inbox. It also avoids the fallback of going down the Facebook rabbit hole.
Practice fierce self-compassion
I was telling myself that I didn’t have what it takes to run my own business because I couldn’t always do it all. But, it didn’t feel good, it wasn’t helping to get my butt in gear. It was making me want to hide.
So, when the little gremlins start hissing, I listen, thank them for their concern, then remind myself of all the amazing things I’ve done throughout my life – ran a marathon, married my best friend, became a wonderful mother to two fur-babies, crawled out of depression, built this business from nothing. When I focus on the positives I’ve accomplished in my past, it’s easier to not buy into the negative noise in my head.
I also take time for just me, time to rest and recharge whenever my body is screaming for it. I indulge in a good book or afternoon nap. I make sure to do activities that revitalize me, not just numb me out for an hour.
What methods do you use when you feel like you’re perpetually running fumes? Tell me about it below – I’d love to hear your tips!