A victim of your own success.
That's not pretty, is it?
If you're a victim of your own success, you're working too hard. As a business owner, it means you've created a high-paying job for yourself.
What you should be doing is crafting a business and a life you love.
Savvy business owners know they need boundaries. They work out what they're prepared to do, and what they're not prepared to do.
And it depends on where your business is up to. If you're in the start-up phase or going through a period of rapid growth or change it's normal to burn the midnight oil a little.
But it's not sustainable.
Keep it up and it will lead to burnout. What does that look like?
Well, let's see. Here are seven signs of burnout.
You may find you have trouble remembering things, or that you have difficulty focusing on anything other than work.
Now, you may not be experiencing all of these symptoms, or you may not be experiencing them intensely, but it's time to check in with yourself.
You're a business owner, so it's natural that you'll live and breathe your business. But if you're regularly exhausted, or you feel like your business is running you, it's time to make some changes.
Set some boundaries
Work out what you can outsource, and what can be done better. I recommend my clients schedule admin time during the day. I know it reduces billable hours, but people who do this say it's a worthwhile investment. It actually makes them more productive.
Take Relaxation Seriously
Schedule time for regularly exercise and relaxation. You might take up meditation or yoga, or you might just schedule regular time to put your feet up and read a great book.
Whatever you do, take relaxation seriously. If you have a family or partner, commit yourself to spending regular time fostering those relationships. No matter how successful you are, it's not worth sacrificing your connection with the people you love.
Regular headaches, muscle tension and stomach upsets can be an indication you're under too much pressure, or you're over doing it.
Find A New Passion
But try to find a passion outside of business. Take up ballroom dancing with your partner, join the local soccer team, or take up martial arts.
If you don't currently have a hidden interest you've been ignoring for years, start trying out some new things. You never know where you might find a new hobby that gives you a great reason to finish work early... or at least on time.
Get Enough Sleep
It won't counteract all of life's worries, but it will help you address them more reasonably and optimistically.
Find Your Equilibrium
What you need is your own personal recipe for success -- success in business, but also success in life.
If you're working long hours ask yourself "why?" and "how long can I sustain this" and "what am I risking?"
Your life and your health and your relationships are invaluable. No one can put a price on them.
And only you can preserve them.
So take the time. Invest the energy in self-conservation. Make sure you're able to bring your A-Game every day.
To everything you do. Work. Life. Love. Health. Wealth.
Work. Life. Love. Health. Wealth.
Put boundaries on your time. Work fewer hours, but make them count.
Invest the time in family and friends.
Look after yourself.
Because at the end of the day, if you don't, who will?
This article first appeared on DrJesseGreen.com