preventing virtual assistant burnout

As a virtual assistant, you juggle multiple clients and multiple projects at once. Dealing with so many things can make you more susceptible to burnout. Burnout can zap your energy, weaken your immune system, cause depression, and make you irritable.

The good news is that burnout is preventable most of the time because it comes down to balancing your work and your life and making yourself a priority. If you don’t make enough time for your personal life, your work life will eventually suffer. Here’s what you can do to prevent burnout:

Give Clients Clear Boundaries

You have to communicate your boundaries to your clients. Otherwise, you may find yourself working odd hours and rushing to complete projects on tight deadlines. You’ll feel stressed and start to resent your clients, which is a sure path to burnout.

To prevent this from happening, set firm boundaries. Let clients know what hours you work, how long it takes you to answer communications, and what constitutes a “rush” project. Once you spell everything out in writing, it will be clear to both you and your clients.

Make Time for Your Business

When you help other people run their businesses, it’s easy to put your own on the back burner. But don’t give in to the temptation – your business needs to be nurtured if you want it to thrive.

As you create your weekly schedule, take a look at the goals you’ve set for your business. Did you want to publish a book on Kindle? Did you want to launch an e-course or start a membership site? Book time in your schedule to work on these projects and honor that commitment the same way you would a commitment to one of your clients. This is easier said than done, I get it, but you will be happier in the long run if you make your goals a priority.

Know When to Say ‘No’

Most virtual assistants start out in the industry because they genuinely want to help their clients. The problem comes when you don’t know how to say no. You end up committing yourself to too many projects, saying yes to activities that aren’t in your genius zone, and working crazy hours. Before you know it, you’re worn out and overwhelmed with work.

The way to prevent taking on too much is to slow down and listen to yourself. Often, your mind and body will send subtle signals to you. If you learn how to read these signals and follow them, you’re less likely to experience burnout.

Try this: Next time a client mentions a new project, pause and focus on your body’s reaction. Does your stomach clench up in knots? Do you feel a tension headache starting? Or does your heart rate speed up in excitement? Does your mind feel like it’s buzzing with new ideas?

Pay attention to these reactions. They are your body telling you which projects to take on and which ones to decline. Inherently we know what’s best, we just have to take the time to listen.

Schedule Self-Care Appointments

It’s easy when you’re a virtual assistant to slip into the role of taking care of everything for everyone. The problem is that your needs get put at the bottom of the list.

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If you want to be your best for your clients and your loved ones, then self-care is vital! Things like going to the gym or stopping in at the nail salon shouldn’t be scheduled in ‘whenever’. You need to put them on the schedule and invest in self-care. Remember that when you feel good about yourself, you’ll have more energy to better serve your clients.

The key to preventing burnout is balance. Balance is important for the health of your business and for your own well-being.

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What do you do to prevent burnout? How do you make time for both your personal and professional tasks?

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