Burnout Prevention Tip: Just Say No

An especially effective way to politely decline an invitation for leadership or board work is to say ” I only want to give you 100% effort and right now, I can’t do that with all my other commitments. Please ask me again next year and I can re-evaluate.” People appreciate your candor and would rather have you at your best.

Have you ever noticed that people who aren't busy all the time never seem to get burnt-out?  That's because somewhere along the way, they learned how to say no.

Say No
Man says no

It's actually a very important skill to cultivate, especially if you have a busy work life and want to have a good family life.  How many nights are you out in the evening, at work or community -related events?  An excess of two nights a week starts to tax your energy and your family life.

So if you're already feeling pressured and exhausted, start saying no. The next time someone asks you to do something new,  to take on additional responsibility, even to attend a new social event, politely decline.  Explain that you're overtaxed right now, that you appreciate the invitation, but you need to take care of yourself and cut back on your time away from home.  Most everyone will accept that.

An especially effective way to politely decline an invitation for leadership or board work is to say " I only want to give you 100% effort and right now, I can't do that with all my other commitments.  Please ask me again next year and I can re-evaluate." People appreciate your candor and would rather have you at your best.

 

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Take Excellent Care of Your Customers

Shaking handsOne of the most important dimensions of any marketing plan should be customer retention. The best way to keep your business healthy is to take excellent care of your existing customers.

Even if the primary work you have done for them has been completed, check in regularly- at least once every 4-6 weeks.  Educate your customers, send them articles, post information on your website, send out ezines. Have lunch when you can.  Send them greeting cards.

A personal touch means so much.

Let them know you value you them. Always thank them for referrals- write handwritten notes and let them know how much you appreciate their business.

Never, ever, take them for granted.

 

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Conscious Acts of Kindness

Holding the hand of anotherA great many studies including one on 2000 people found that being kind to others decreases stress and enhances mental health.  Pick one day this week and choose to deliberately commit 5 separate acts of kindness.  These should be chosen and intentional acts, but they do not need to be big things.  Something as simple as paying the tokens for the people behind you in the toll booth or paying for the next person's coffee, or taking a muffin to 5 different people in your office- all of those would be great conscious acts of kindness which impact others and most importantly, make you feel happier.
Other examples:
• make a pie for a neighbor who has been shut-in
• pick up extra groceries for a lonely person
• bring doughnuts or bagels to work
• send flowers for no reason
• feed a homeless animal
• clean out your closets and donate to the homeless
Any step you take to share from the heart will make you happier.