Whether you’re a full-time freelancer or still juggling a day job, one thing’s for sure….you will burn out from time to time.
There is so much to do and not enough time.
We are responsible for our income and growth. Want to make more? Put in more work. Want to grow faster? Take on more clients or create new offerings.
For me, the fact that the possibilities for growth are endless, is exactly why I love working for myself so much.
How much I make and how fast I reach more goals is 100% up to me.
On the flipside however, is the fact that it can be hard to stop (or slow down).
And eventually, the long hours, new clients, new projects, and general workaholism can’t sustain itself.
Although I have many tips on preventing overwhelm in the first place (another post for another day), when it happens, there is really only one solution.
Learn to say no.
If you’re anything like me, saying no is difficult. You feel like no means you’re letting people down.
Letting yourself down.
But we can’t do it all, all the time.
Here are some things you need to learn to say no to, if you’re reaching the brink of burn-out.
Say No To Extra Projects
Ideas ideas ideas. They come often and are so tempting. A new service, a course, an ebook. There is so much more you could do than what you are doing right now.
You may be thinking:
- If I don’t do it now, someone else will.
- It will help me reach a new audience.
- It will increase my “expert” status.
- So and so will hate me if I don’t say yes.
You can’t put your best stuff out there when you have too much on your plate. Say no now, so you can give it your all later.
Say No To Clients
There will always be more clients. Say it out loud. Seriously. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. So repeat after me: There. Will. Always. Be. More. Clients.
If you are reaching burn-out you have to say no to clients. Especially clients you know in your gut aren’t good for you.
There will always be more clients. (Tweet that!)
Say No To Perfectionism
Stop tweaking your website.
Stop spending hours and hours on blog posts because they don’t feel just right.
Stop agonizing over what to say in your newsletter or when to send it.
Stop trying to learn everything about a certain topic before executing it.
Just do it.
Put your stuff out there and learn and tweak as you go.
I’d love to hear from you
What do you need to say no to right now? How do you deal with overwhelm?