Thinking about an average day in your business, how do you feel? Do you start the day bouncing with energy and maintain those same levels of vigour throughout the day? Or does your energy slowly start to wane?
Of course, it might be that your energy levels are at an all-time low before your day even begins, and that could be because of issues that directly relate to your business.
If you're relating to feelings of low energy, then it's important to take action. Self-care is needed, as not only will you suffer if you're constantly being depleted of energy, but your business will suffer too.
Now, there are specific reasons why your business could be draining your energy, as you can see below. Have a read, and if we do relate to you, then do whatever is necessary to rectify the issues that are zapping you.
A poor work-life balance
Possibly as a result of having low energy (and consequently reduced productivity), you might sometimes have to work overtime. Be that in the office or at home (or both if you're a home worker), those extra hours you put in won't do your energy levels any favours. The same applies if you choose to work after normal business hours, even though you don't need to. And if you do little at home to rest, then your health is going to suffer.
If this is you, follow these tips on attaining a healthy work-life balance. By managing your workday more effectively, you should be able to spend more time resting and enjoying life outside of your business. You will then regain lost energy, and that will stand you in good stead when trying to get through your to-do lists each day.
Taking on tasks that you struggle with
There are some tasks that you will be able to do well, and then there will be others that might not suit your skillset at all. If you are spending a lot of time in the day focussing on your worst tasks, then you might not have time to get through your to-do lists. This is because the difficult might take you longer to complete because of your lack of competency. As a result, you might end up saying hello to overtime again and a reduced energy level.
When dealing with difficult tasks, your energy levels might deplete simply because of the stress they cause you. You might also dread coming into work because of these troublesome tasks, so your energy might drop before you even get through the door.
If you're relating to this, find a way to deal with the problem. Outsourcing is often a good idea, so if it's your taxes or accounting that bog you down, for example, you might want to consider bookkeeping services. But think about those tasks that you battle with, and research those firms that could take them off your hands.
You might also want to delegate to people working with you on your team if you have that support on your side. Alternatively, it could be that extra training is needed, so research the courses that will strengthen your skills in your weakest areas.
There will be days in your business when your energy is low, but if it becomes a regular thing, you are going to suffer the consequences. If our suggestions have related to you, then follow the advice we gave you. And if there are any other energy zappers in your business, do the sensible thing, and research ways to get on top of them.
Take care, and thanks for reading! Collaboration.