Quite a few years ago now, my wife and I bought our first home together. It was a fantastic deal at the time, however there was a catch. The building needed to be renovated. As the new husband I was I boldly stood up and announced, “I can do that! Don’t you worry about a thing!”. I had never fully renovated anything by myself before. Little did I know at the time, renovating a whole home by yourself is a lot of work. I didn’t just bite off a little more than I could chew, I bit off the whole thing and started to run away with it. As the Youtube construction worker I was, days upon days of framing, wiring, and sheet rocking started to get done. 72 hours (sometimes more) a week was getting put in at my job then the rest of the hours were devoted to the new house. I won’t lie, I actually enjoyed the work! I went full bore ahead on this job! After months of this cycle, the burning passion that I had started out with began to dwindle. The twinkle in my eyes started to fade. Alas, I had completely burned myself out. I took on too many things at once. Now don’t get me wrong. I made some serious progress on that house. However, this was at the cost of loathing construction work. Something that I once enjoyed now something that immensely disliked.
Months passed before I could convince myself to jump back into the home renovation. This time was different. I learned a lot about myself and the way that I operated those first few months. Yes, I could go full bore ahead and make a serious dent in the work, but this time I was going to take it slower. I was going to evenly divide up with work and stop when it was time to stop. With this new configuration of my time, slowly but surely, the work got done. I even grew to enjoy the projects again. All of a sudden, the renovation was complete. My wife and I were left with a fantastic new home.
Building a business is very much the same way. There’s a lot that goes into the process. Some might even say an overwhelming amount. Take it one day at a time my friend. Write down what you need to do and divide it up into manageable chunks. Take it from me, it’s easy to get burnt out when looking at the big picture. As long as you are attacking the small chunks consistently, trust me, your projects will get done. You might even still enjoy it at the end of the day!
I’m curious what you have to think about this. Have you ever gotten burnt out on a project? What do you do to make your business more manageable? Let me know in the comments below or on my social media!
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