Understanding Overworking: The Two Main Reasons You're Putting Yourself At Risk For Burnout

 

Did you know that the average small business owner works 52-hours a week?

 

And, for many small business owners (my past self included) that number is far greater. The lines between business and life have become so blurred that work can encompass most of our time.

It’s our first thought when we wake, and extends all the way to the late-night problem-solving sessions we entertain before sleep. 

Many of us have come to accept the “cult of overworking”.  We have succumbed to the pressure of being “always-on” and wear our “busyness” as a badge of honor.

We glorify work as if productivity and wealth are the only measures of success. 

Yet, stories from the finish line, say otherwise. One common regret from the dying in their last days is, “I wish I hadn’t worked so much”, and would have spent more time on meaningful activities and relationships. 

Contrary to standard belief, more is not...

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Overcome time anxiety with three simple steps.

 

Confession time…

I used to be one of those people who would constantly complain about being “SO busy”.  I had dozens of excuses about why there wasn’t enough time to: work out, spend more time with my husband or girlfriends, take time off, make healthy meals for myself, etc. All the activities that I really wanted to be doing, but convinced myself that there wasn’t the “time to make it happen”. 

I know many of you can relate. 

And, truth be told, I was completely guilty of prioritizing “busy work”. I would fill up my days and weeks with low-value activities, instead of the things that actually create more freedom in my business or joy in my personal life. 

For me, I could easily waste a good 2 - 3 hours of my day (both work & at home) by: 

 Not having a “plan” for my day
 Randomly answering or sorting emails, texts, chats, etc...
 Allowing staff of clients to...
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Why Time Away Is The Secret To Increasing Productivity In Your Business

 

Business owners have a serious obsession with productivity.

And, with good reason. Generally, more productivity translates to a better bottom line.

I have several tricks up my sleeve for creating more efficiency and productivity throughout my workday. These strategies have allowed me to accomplish more without increasing my to-do list.

But, I return again and again to my #1 productivity booster, which I refer to as the 3R’s:

 

Rest. Relax. Refuel.

 

Before I created YBBL, I was in desperate need of a change. I was deep into the cycle of “feeling like I always needed to be working”. Somehow I feared that my business would “fall apart” if I stepped away. 

I was working from the moment I woke up until I finally “crashed” at night. And, it wasn't even effective. Working all the time was making me less productive, less profitable, and generally miserable.

We all have times in our businesses that need more effort....

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Five Ways to Master Productivity While Working From Home

 
 
I love the flexibility that comes from working from home. Less time commuting is a BIG perk. So is creating a work environment that fits your “flow”, the ability to pop in a load of laundry, or slipping in a longer yoga class or mid-day walk. I like that working from home offers me plenty of options when it comes to work-life balance.
 
But, working from home also has its downsides. And for some, productivity can slip over time as we fall into habits that don’t support our goals. Plus, we all know there can also be a million sneaky distractions looking to hijack your time (looking at you Instagram #wellness)
 
Let’s take a look at a few ways to boost productivity as we work from home. These simple tips can have a big impact. And, remember you're not alone if you found yourself on the work-from-home-isn’t-productive-struggle-bus. It happens to the best of us! So read-on for the tricks that...
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