Relax at work
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Q: What is one daily practice I should include in my routine in order to better avoid burnout?

A: Take time for yourself. "Take time away from work. This includes both small daily breaks as well as longer vacations. Improve yourself and spend time with friends and family. Exercise, read a book, learn a new language or cook dinner with your significant other. Taking a break from your business will make you more productive when you return to it. Success is about maximizing productivity, not working all the time."


--Michael Rheaume, SnapKnot Inc.

Know when to call it a day. "I unplug at 10 p.m. every night unless there is a super high priority issue. Having time to relax and get rest equates to better performance during the day and improved business outcomes. Make personal time a priority, and your ability to push the limits when you need to will increase."

--Christopher Rodgers, Colorado SEO Pros

Get better at what you are best at. "Focus on what you do best and become even better at it. Remember, no one wants a jack-of-all-trades; they want the 'master of one.' Become a well-known authority and industry expert at what you do, and you will see higher returns than ever before."

--Zac Johnson, Blogging.org

Prioritize. "A huge list of things to do with no clear indication of where to focus is the fastest way to burnout. Instead, borrow a trick from agile software development and build a backlog of tasks. Categorize them into business goals they support. Start each day by pulling six to 10 tasks into your current working list. Get those done and then do the same thing tomorrow. You'll work faster and have more free time."

--Coy Yonce, Mantis Digital Arts

Get outside. "Studies have shown that being in nature (even if it's a park in the middle of a city) makes us more creative and, ultimately, more productive. I bike to work every morning so that I have some time to be outside and be unplugged."

--Lisa Curtis, Kuli Kuli

Meditate. "Take at least a half hour to an hour every morning to wake up, gather your thoughts and relax. Starting your day off in the right mindset is the first step to keeping yourself productive, and the knowledge that you'll get at least one small breather a day should be enough to keep you going."

--Steven Buchwald, Buchwald & Associates

Delegate. "Find something that you do that another member of the team can do as well or better, and give the role over completely. At the start, you had to wear every single hat, but it is not supposed to stay that way forever. If someone writes better than you, get them to do the social media pushes; if someone else can manage your support calls, hand them off. Your time best spent on the stuff only you can do for the company."

--Ben Gamble, Quincus

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