The life of an entrepreneur can get pretty stressful. Constantly having to handle customer orders, deal with customer complaints and manage every other part of the business can get stressful. If care is not taken, all of these can lead to major burnout. Here are 7 ways to avoid entrepreneurial burnout as a fashion entrepreneur.
7 Ways To Avoid Entrepreneurial Burnout
One of the best ways to avoid burnout is to stop and get organised. At the start of each day, allow yourself time to clear your head and plan your day. Decide how you are going to handle all the customer orders and managerial tasks you have in front of you.
Just starting the day by diving into work straight-on is a sure way to accelerate burnout. Regardless of how much work you have to get done, you first need to get organised. If you have staff in your fashion brand, also allow them time to get organised. Once everyone knows what is expected of them from each day, it will be easier to avoid burnout.
As you plan your day, remember to prioritise tasks. You don’t want to focus on the mundane tasks all day and then remember the important ones at the close of work. This will cause you unnecessary stress and lead to burnout. So, remember to prioritise.
As a fashion entrepreneur, it can get pretty tempting to work all day especially when you have lots of orders on your table. You just want to dive head-first into those orders and work at them till you are done with every last job. Doing this will only increase your chances of getting burnout.
Not only should you set working hours for yourself and your staff members, but you should also set break times. the same way you schedule meetings with clients is the same way you should schedule breaks. For each break time, put a specific task to it like a walk or lunch break. This way, your calendar is organised and you know what to do each time.
Also, remember to take vacations away from work. Yes, you are trying to build a multi-million dollar fashion business and the temptation to work for too many hours a day every week is there, but don’t do it. Taking vacations can help you clear your head and give you time to be more creative.
Know Your Stressors
Everyone has stressors. As a fashion entrepreneur, there are certain activities you dislike doing and that stress you out unnecessarily when you get around to doing them. You need to learn to identify these activities and develop a strategy for getting them done. To identify them, note when you feel stressed and what you are doing at that time.
Once you have identified your stressors, you can take them off your list by changing the process of how you do them, delegating them to others or automating parts of the task. This way, you eliminate stress which could lead to burnout from your schedule.
Delegate or Outsource
You don’t have to do everything in your fashion business by yourself. Yes, it is your business, but, no, that doesn’t mean you must do it all on your own. Doing everything by yourself will surely lead to burnout.
So, identify areas in the running of your business that you can ask someone to help you with and do that. It could be areas you are not so good at or areas that stress you a lot. Whatever it is, other people will enjoy doing it and are pretty good at it too.
You can delegate or outsource things like social media management, pattern drafting, customer service, stoning, or even tailoring itself to others. Just find someone that can help you out with these and give it to them. There’s no award for doing everything in your fashion business by yourself so learn to delegate.
Learn to Say ‘No’
You do not have to accept every order client brings to you. As a fashion designer, you need to learn to normalise saying ‘no’ when your plate is full. No matter how much you want to, you cannot service everyone every time. You need to learn to put a limit to the number of orders you accept at any given time.
Remember that saying yes is a commitment you might not be able to deliver on if you already have a lot to do. So, decide on how many orders you can handle per time and stick to it. This will save you from disappointing clients and will help keep burnout at bay.
Find an Outlet
Everyone has a hobby or outlet that helps them dispel stress. As a fashion entrepreneur, find that hobby and use it. Whenever you begin to feel stressed or overwhelmed, find that thing that will help you let go of your stress and just relax.
This could be taking walks, writing, watching a movie, or doing volunteer work. Whatever it is, allow yourself to indulge in it every once in a while. When you do this, you will find that you are happier and you come back to your work focused and ready to go.
Stay Healthy and Positive
What you fed your body and mind determines how well your life will go. Don’t start your day on an empty stomach or with very little food and continue on a marathon session of work. Instead, eat proper food in the morning and allow yourself to take snack breaks and walk breaks all through the day. Sitting in one place all day fulfilling customer orders can lead to health complications you don’t want.
Also, declutter your mind of negative words. When you begin to feel negativity creep up on you, step away for a bit and speak positive words to yourself. This can help you mentally a great deal.
Remember, fashion entrepreneurs are not exactly superhumans. If you take on more than you can handle, you’ll only hurt yourself. As you go about building that we’ll renowned fashion brand, remember to follow these steps to avoid getting burnout, because what good is all the work if you can’t enjoy its fruit?