Being the founder of a company, large or small, can have advantages and disadvantages. You are the owner because you have a vision, and you have the drive to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals.
Although this is fantastic, you must take care of yourself mentally and physically and know when to unplug from work before you get burned out. Today we will look at how an executive assistant can help with preventing burnout and helping business owners to unplug and relax so they can perform at their highest levels.
Let’s dive in!
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The Biggest Issues With Overworked Company Founders And How An EA Can Help
When running a startup company or a larger corporation, there is a good chance you may feel like you’re constantly wearing many hats, or being stretched too thin, especially if you’re scaling quickly. A good EA can help carry some of that weight and help you unplug so you can work at your peak performance.
Here are a few issues that can arise if you don’t unplug yourself from work and how an EA can help.
One of the first things you will notice from being married to your work is your performance will suffer. We’ve all heard about burnout, but if you have never experienced it, you really don’t know what it feels like.
If you’re working 16-hour days, finishing at midnight and then starting again at 8 am, you will soon learn what it feels like to get performance burnout. As you run harder and harder, you will get more and more tired trying to keep up with all the work you have to do in a day.
After a few weeks of lack of sleep, you can start feeling more anxious and irritable, and your critical thinking can get fuzzy. Working at peak performance is essential to running a company, and you simply shouldn’t try to do it all on your own.
An executive assistant has expertise in several areas that can help reduce your workload. You can even give them access to more confidential information so that they can help with taking on supporting you with financial decisions, and support with more strategic projects in your absence. This is entirely up to you and your comfort level, but consider how you are feeling and use them to unplug from your office environment when you need a break.
You will see passion burnout creep into business owners quite often because, ironically, they have such a passion for what they do that it drives them to succeed no matter the costs. Doing too much of what you love to do will quickly invade your psyche and become more of a burden if you don’t learn to balance your work or delegate some of it.
Failure for you to unplug from your career path can put a tremendous strain on the happiness you feel in other areas of life. If you had an executive assistant, they could help manage your day-to-day scheduling and help with managing your time much better.
Freeing up your time allows you to leave the office earlier and spend more time with your family, go to the park with your kids, or just unwind by yourself without all of the distractions.
Neglecting Your Purpose In Life
Many people fall into the trap that their job defines them. CEOs and founders of companies are no different. When you spend a tremendous time at your job, you tend to forget about the other things in life that make you happy.
You cannot forget all of the other things in your life that make us human beings and happy to be alive and full of energy. What are your hobbies outside of the office? What do you want to do that you’ve never done before? Where do you want to travel?
All of these things bring purpose above and beyond your life at the office. Don’t neglect these things because you will end up creating a void that overflows in other areas.
If you’re not able to nurture the other things in your life that really matter, it will certainly make you feel unfulfilled.
The other problem with neglecting other personal things in life that make you happy personally is that it can come back to haunt you later on down the road. For example, things like relationships with your friends, family, and colleagues take time to build and nurture. If you’re working all of the time, you’ll never be able to do those activities that help foster those relationships.
An EA can step in and take tasks off of your hands that you know take the most time and add disruptions to your day.
Ultimately, by delegating tasks to an EA, it will increase the ROI of your business in many ways, including helping you to decompress from the stress of being a C-Suite executive and / or founder.
Your Family & Social Life Can Suffer
You can get very stressed at work if you don’t have the chance to unplug from all of the chaos and day-to-day challenges that come from running a new startup or larger corporation. If you’re not careful, that stress can boil over into your family life.
The last thing you want to do is to take that stress, anxiety, and anger home with you to family and friends. This is where an executive assistant can help with taking much of that burden off of your plate.
If you can pinpoint what causes you the most stress, think about what an executive assistant can do to help with this area of your work.
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No matter if you’re running a small to medium-sized company or a larger corporation, the stress and pressure can be the same. After all, the reason you’re the founder of your company is because you’re driven and passionate about success, metrics, and scaling your business.
Don’t be afraid to use an executive assistant to unplug at the office so you can make your dreams of growing your company and reaching the goals that you originally set out to reach.
To see if an executive assistant is right for your organization, visit Take It Easy Group and schedule a consultation with us today.