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Build a Life Outside of Your Business to Avoid Burnout with Sean Si, Seo Hacker

January 25, 2023

Revolve your life around your business, and you are destined to suffer. To avoid burnout, build a life outside of your business that feeds your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Sean Si has mastered the arts of counterbalancing and leadership development; tune in today to hear it all! 

About Sean Si:

Sean Si is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, author, blogger, keynote speaker, web developer, SEO specialist & thought leader. He is the CEO and Founder of SEO Hacker, an expert SEO company in the Philippines with a team of over 50 people (mostly millennials and centennials) in-house.

Fun activities that you can try to avoid burnout

Burnout is a condition of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It can lead to a number of negative effects, such as fatigue, anxiety, depression, and decreased productivity.

There are several things you can do to avoid burnout, including taking breaks, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. However, it is also important to make time for fun activities that you enjoy.

  • Spend some time outdoors. It has been shown that spending time in nature can improve mental health in a number of ways, including by lowering stress, anxiety, and depression. So, you can take a stroll around the park, go on a hike through the forest, or just relax in your backyard while taking in the fresh air.
  • Read a book. Reading is a wonderful way to unwind. Pick a book that interests and entertains you and let yourself get lost in the story.
  • Play some music. Music is a great way for unwinding and reducing stress. Listen to the music you find relaxing and peaceful for as long as you need.
  • Spend time with your loved ones. Making connections with loved ones can help you feel better. Make time for the things you enjoy doing with your family, like going to a movie, going out to dinner, or playing games.
  • Do something creative. Taking part in artistic endeavors can improve your mood and lower your stress levels. Try your hand at writing, drawing, playing an instrument, or painting.
  • Take a break from technology. Excessive screen time can contribute to stress and burnout. Therefore, give your mind and body a break by stepping away from your phone, computer, and TV for a few hours each day.

Overall, you have to schedule time for fun activities to prevent burnout. These activities can help you to relax, de-stress, and recharge your batteries. So next time you’re feeling stressed, take some time to do something you enjoy. Your mental and physical health will thank you for it.

Episode highlights:

  • When hiring, make sure you have clear job descriptions, KPIs, and examples of “what winning looks like.” Having a process like this in place will ensure that you build a solid team from the get-go. (11:07)
  • To be more deliberate on your entrepreneurial journey and stay on track with your goals, build consistency into your life. You don’t have to stick to a perfect routine; just do what you can! (22:29)
  • Work hard, play hard! We all need counterbalances to our work because burnout is unpleasant and unhealthy. So, be mindful of how you spend your time and ensure that you are doing things that fuel you spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. (27:22)
  • Invest in leadership development within your organization. A business led by people who are focused on fulfilling their role of serving others will be unstoppable. (46:07)

Sean’s best advice for entrepreneurs:

“Work is a rubber ball; usually, when you drop it, it just bounces back up. But family, health, your spiritual life, these are glass balls. When you drop one of them, they’re broken. It’s hard to put them back together.” (29:34) 

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