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    Women Business Leaders: Are You at Risk for Occupational Burnout?

    It’s easy for women business leaders and entrepreneurs to become consumed by their business. Regain control of your life by incorporating 4 essential life-balancing tips into your daily regimen.

    All work and no play can really take a toll on your body and soul. Eventually, your passion for the business – one of your most valuable assets – will suffer. As an entrepreneur and woman business leader, I am always multi-tasking. But, I make a point to take personal “time outs” when I feel I am overburdened.  Knowing when you’re approaching that critical stage takes practice, however.

    In a recent article for entrepreneur.com, Ray Silverstein, author of Small Business Survival Guide: How to Survive (and Thrive) in Tough Times, explains that while the entrepreneurial spirit most women business leaders posses is an admirable quality … it can lead to occupational burnout.

    Incorporate Ray’s 4 tips into your workday for immediate burnout protection:

    1-Set goals and priorities

    It’s essential to practice good time management. Don’t fritter away the day on trivial tasks; do your most important projects first.

    2-Delegate

    Hand off smaller projects and focus on the larger issues. If you know something prevents you from delegating, address it.

    3-Take on exciting, new projects that drive the business forward

    Enrich your entrepreneurial spirit by growing in new directions. Leave the business-as-usual activities to others, and step out of your comfort zone to examine new ideas and business concepts.

    4-Continue to learn

    Read books, journals, business blogs; join a peer advisory group, volunteer for a business-related committee or attend a seminar. Do things that keep your mind active and your enthusiasm high.

    As a woman business leader, you have an obligation to your company and your employees to take care of yourself … you set the tone and pace. That’s yet another reason to protect yourself against burnout by seeking balance in your life. 

The bottom line – you’ll be more productive in business when you invest in your life outside it.

    Excerpts taken from http://www.entrepreneur.com/management/leadership/leadershipcolumnistraysilverstein/article197744.html. For more on planning your day, check out Roxanne’s recent blog, Three Basic Rules that will Help Women Business Leaders Plan and Manage their Day.

    2 Responses to “Women Business Leaders: Are You at Risk for Occupational Burnout?”

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    2. [...] The key here is that we need to find a way to destress that’s easy to do and works. Try as many different methods as it takes to find the one that works for you. Once you find it, you will wonder how you managed without it. Here’s another blog on dealing with stress: “Women Business Leaders: Are You at Risk for Occupational Burnout?” [...]

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