Are you on the verge of burnout? Before you push yourself beyond your capacity, tune into this episode, where I share my tips to avoid burnout! Entrepreneurs are inherently persistent, but knowing when to take a break will help you in the long run! Yes, you could force yourself to work non-stop and push through every day, but inevitably it will take a toll on your mental and physical health.
Avoiding burnout is actually very simple. When you are struggling through your work, take a step back and do something you enjoy for a while. Having a hobby is a great way to decompress and get your mind off of work, family, and relationships. You don’t need to justify your hobbies, and it’s ok to be unproductive sometimes. Go find something that brings you peace, so you can return to work refreshed and ready to tackle the day!
As a business owner, you have the power to expand your team! I encourage you to make a list of all the mundane tasks that could be handled by someone else and hire someone to do it for you! Your time is a valuable asset, so delegating the responsibilities of your business is a great way to conserve your energy.
If you want to become intentional with your time and avoid burnout, listen now!
[1:40] Recognizing when you’re on the verge of burnout
[2:45] Taking breaks is an essential aspect of protecting your mental well being
[4:00] Go do whatever brings you internal peace
[4:50] Get yourself a hobby that takes your mind off work, family, and relationships
[9:00] Be intentional with your time, and avoid tasks that could be handled by someone else
[10:00] Make a list of what you can hire someone else to do….and hire someone
[12:00] Get in on The Legalpreneur affiliate-only launch!
The Legalpreneur Podcast is advertising/marketing material. It is not legal advice. Please consult with your attorney on these topics. Copyright Legalpreneur Inc 2022
Andrea Sager 00:03
Welcome to the Legalpreneur podcast. I’m your host Andrea Sager founder and CEO of Legalpreneur Inc. As a serial entrepreneur and someone that works exclusively with small business owners legally protecting their business. I’m dedicated to covering common legal issues faced by business owners, providing you with the business knowledge you need to catapult your business’s growth and showing you just how some of the world’s most elite entrepreneurs have handled these legal and business issues themselves. In true attorney fashion, the information in this episode is not legal advice. This is for informational purposes only. And you should always consult with your attorney before implementing any of the information in the show. Hello there, welcome back to another episode of the Legalpreneur Podcast. I’m really excited for today’s episode, because we’re talking about burnout.
Andrea Sager 00:53
And this is something that has been very relevant to my life. Lately, I have been feeling like I’ve been getting burnt out and not I’ll get into more detail. But basically, this episode is going to be about how I avoid burnout, I because I have felt myself slowly kind of getting there. And so I have wanted to be very intentional about stopping it. And so I’m going to share with you what I’ve been doing. But first, we are about to have an affiliate only launch. And we are looking for more affiliates. If you have an audience of business owners, small business owners, people that need legal protection, this is perfect for you, all you got to do shoot me an email or you can go to the Legalpreneur.com, scroll to the bottom and sign up as an affiliate, we will share all the details with you. And basically this is going to be a backdoor launch of the trademark course. So we’re not going to be publicly sharing it, we’re going to have basically plenty of opportunities for the affiliates to earn extra money, it’s going to be a higher affiliate commission than normal. So great opportunity, and we’re going to be having some prizes, so there will be a little affiliate competition to earn even more money than just your affiliate payout.
Andrea Sager 02:00
So if you are interested, shoot me an email, the link is right there in the show notes Andrea at Andrea sacred.com. Or you can sign up at the Legalpreneur.com and get all the info. Okay, so burnout, I have been feeling kind of burnt out. You heard my interview this week, because we’ve been struggling and not we’re not on the verge of going out of business. But it’s just it’s like, I just feel like I’ve been climbing up this hill for so long. And it doesn’t feel like we’re getting anywhere feels like I’m blinding up, but not going anywhere. Literally saying in the same spot. However, I know that’s not true. I had some very amazing friends helped me put everything into perspective. But coming to that I realized, okay, maybe I am just, you know, kind of feeling burnt out. And I think it’s important to recognize when you get to that point, because I think everybody gets to that point eventually, where you’re like, do I want to keep doing this? Am I doing too much, am I working too much. And in order to avoid just one day throwing your hands up and saying after this, I’m done. You need to be making sure you are taking measures to prevent burnout. And so I’m going to share with you what I do. Number one, take breaks, like don’t be afraid to stop working in the middle of the day, I sometimes I have canceled client calls because I’m just like, I’m not in the mental space to do this. I don’t do that. I haven’t actually cancelled a client call in a very long time for that. But I have done it.
Andrea Sager 03:28
And But mostly what I’m talking about is oh, I plan on having like a full work day to go do this or that or to you know, get X, Y and Z done. But if I recognize that, hey, I’m actually not being very productive. Because mentally I’m not here, just go do something. And sometimes I will just go for a walk. A lot of times I will go for a walk and walk and walk until I feel better. Actually can’t do that right now. You guys this week, I went to CrossFit. And I rolled my freaking ankle. And on this ankle. I’ve already had surgery, like literally tore everything in this ankle, and I rolled it and I was like, No, that was not good. So I’m in a lot of pain. So I won’t be walking this week. That’s what has worked for me in the past is just a okay, and you take a break and you step away, just go for a walk. And you don’t have to do anything productive on the walk. Like you don’t have to listen to books. You don’t have to. Like think about your thoughts. Normally that’s what comes up for me. I’m just like, Okay, let’s process this. And that’s it works for me. But that doesn’t always work for everyone. So just do what works for you. Maybe a walk is the worst thing in the world for you. Maybe you just want to go work out or maybe you just want to sit and be in silence. Maybe you want to go to the mall like whatever you enjoy doing. Like go do that. Whatever brings you peace go do that because ultimately you want to make sure that you are keeping peace internally. Because once like when we get to the place of burnout, it’s because There’s too much going on inside.
Andrea Sager 05:02
For me, I noticed when there’s like too much going on in my brain, I just feel like I’m spinning my wheels and not being productive. Now, the second thing I suggest is to make sure you have a hobby, I cannot stress this enough because they I 100% agree there are times when you are going to work weekends, you’re going to work nights. But for the most like that’s, that’s the exception, it’s not the norm. And if you don’t have a hobby to take your mind off of work, family relationships, like you will get to burnout much quicker. This hobby needs to be something that helps you relax and takes your takes your mind off of many things. This can be painting, this can be drawing, this can be shopping, this can be podcasting, creating videos, like whatever you like my hobby. If you don’t follow me on social media, you may not know this, but my hobby is poker. I love playing poker. And I used to own a poker club. So at one point, it was not a hobby. And that’s why I wanted this part of the reason why I wanted to sell the club. So I did and luckily, it’s now a hobby again, but it’s something that I can I go I enjoy, I get to unplug from the rest of the world. And that’s just my zone like that is my zone, you guys playing poker.
Andrea Sager 06:20
So I suggest finding what is your zone because I know like if I’m if I’m not working or if I don’t have my kids, I’m probably playing poker, most of the time. Like, last weekend, I played a lot of poker. I hadn’t actually didn’t play for like two weeks. And I went and played two different tournaments on Saturday, and I made money in both of them, which is really cool. Something I’d never done before and one weekend, but find a hobby. If you don’t know how to play poker and your interest in learning, I would highly suggest learning how to play poker. It has resulted in many opportunities. And I love poker, and I have a poker night coming up. I will actually so this is coming out. This will be out Friday. So last night, I had a poker night in Austin, go follow my Instagram stories, because I know I will post about it on stories. And it will still be up if you’re listening to this on Friday. But basically I had this opportunity. So the NetSuite accelerator that we’re in the guy running it, George, he said, Hey, there’s a poker night on a play poker, would you be interested in coming? And it’s all like founders and investors. I was like, absolutely. And I actually so I’m speaking in Chicago. So this comes out Friday morning, yesterday, Thursday morning, and Friday morning. Today I speak in Chicago. Well, yesterday after my speech, I rent to the airport, got on a flight and went to Austin and play poker all night. Next morning, this morning, got on a flight back to Chicago at 6am to be in Chicago at 9am to speak at 10:15am. So that’s it know, I just said I wasn’t walking hopefully I don’t have to do any running to the airport. Because with my ankle right now, I’m not gonna go over very well. Make sure to keep up on stories, my travels this week.
Andrea Sager 08:12
Oh my gosh, it’s been pretty crazy. But it nevertheless poker, it’s a great hobby. Number one, I get to make money and how I disclose this week, I haven’t really paid myself in over a year, probably like a year and a half. And that’s how I’m making money. Like I’ve had like a head savings, I pretty much ran through that. And now poker is pretty much how I’m making money. Just because still building everything with Legalpreneur, we’re not profitable. And everybody’s getting paid except for me. And I’m like, I’m fine, because I have poker. So yeah, poker, that’s my hobby. So find a hobby and make sure you have time to completely unwind and go play your hobby, go do your hobby, don’t have to play it. And number three, to avoid burnout be very intentional with your time. And what I mean by this is only do what only you can do. And I’ve talked about this on the podcast, but your time as a business owner is so freakin valuable. And there’s only so much time in the day. And so you have to make sure that you are only doing the things that only you and nobody else can do. If somebody else can do that task hired out. Because if you’re doing these mundane tasks, these things that somebody else can be doing, you’re gonna get burnt out so much quicker. And in order to move the needle in business, you have to make sure that you are being very intentional with your time and that you are doing things that nobody else can do. And that’s why you are the one doing them. Because if somebody else can do them, then you should hire it out. So if you’re not sure what you should be doing or what you should be hiring out, make a list throughout the day of everything that you’re doing. Do you like to do it?
Andrea Sager 09:54
Can somebody else be doing this? Make that list and once you realize Eyes, okay, these are all these tasks that I can hire somebody else to do, then go find somebody, I, you know, I’ve talked about hiring on here, especially hiring an assistant, it’s probably the list that you’ve created, it’s probably things that an assistant can do. And if you need to find an overseas assistant for even less money, go do that. It may take some trial and error. But once you get it cranked out a well oiled machine you will be it’s, it’ll be crazy how fast you see things grow. Because if you feel stuck, you’re probably stuck because you are not hiring, and you’re doing things that somebody else should be doing. Okay, you guys, I know, there’s a lot of things that you can do to avoid burnout. That is my take.
Andrea Sager 10:44
Those are my three things that I suggest, in order to avoid burnout. I’m very intentional with all three of these, I very much try to be very intentional with my time, I obviously have my hobby of poker and I take breaks, I go for walks in the middle of the day, I also will just like, actually take a lunch break. I didn’t do that for a long time, I would just like oh, let me crank this out, let me do this work. And we do that work. But you you really do need a break. And that’s what I realized I was like, I actually do need to break them holiday. So I’ll stop working. And since I’m here at home with my parents, sometimes I’ll just have lunch with them. Or I’ll just sit, scroll through Tiktok or just watch TV for an hour. But I do actually take a break. So don’t be afraid to take a break. You’ve got to recharge you can’t get yourself to the point of burnout, because that’s not good for anybody. All right, that’s all I got for you this week. If you want to be an affiliate for our affiliate only launch, email me or go to the Legalpreneur.com Go to the very bottom and become an affiliate. And we’ll get you all the info that is coming up pretty quickly.
Andrea Sager 11:45
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