What is your frenzy factor on a
scale of 1 to 100?
That is the question my client’s coach asked her. Normally she hovers right around 50, but today her answer was 70.
Like my client, most entrepreneurs realize it does take a certain level of frenzy to maintain this lifestyle. If you look at the definition of frenzied, you get two rather different perspectives, on the same continuum.
wildly excited or enthusiastic:
violently agitated; frantic; wild:
a frenzied mob.
On a scale of 1 to 100, if 0 represents a complete lack of excitement, and 100 represents a state of mania, where do you lie? I would guess that 50 is a nice balance of calm and excited energy – both of which are beneficial to being an entrepreneur. But then I started to think about another word: frazzled. What if your frenzy factor consistently hovers at 75 or above? How long will it take – at that level – to reach the state of being frazzled?
a party that left us frazzled.
What are the signs of a high frenzy factor?
- Running around like a crazy person, with very little downtime
- Irritability or agitation at even the smallest things
- Inability to think straight and effectively solve problems
- Unable to sit still; a need to be doing all the time
- High levels of anxiety
- Poor sleep patterns; prolonged bouts of insomnia
- Inability to stay focused; jump from one activity to the next with getting anything accomplished
What are the signs you are frazzled and on the slow road to burnout?
- Tired all the time
- Subtle mood swings
- Symptoms of depression: withdrawal from normal activity, sadness, sleeplessness
- Unexplained physical ailments such as headaches, neck pain, weight gain, nausea, rapid heartbeat, increase in blood pressure or getting sick more often
- Forgetfulness or loss of memory
- Too much focus on negativity
- Any other emotional or physical signs of stress
Unfortunately, frenzy and frazzle are all too common when you are an entrepreneur. It takes a concerted effort to keep your life in balance. Personally, I am constantly evaluating my mental health and asking myself what I could be doing differently to reduce my stress. So here is a brain dump of 20 activities I’ve learned can help keep your life in balance.
- Work out on a regular basis.
- Practice daily meditation.
- Get rid of clients and team members that create constant stress.
- Surround yourself with people you LOVE working with.
- Let go of perfectionism. It’s just not worth it.
- Give yourself and others grace. We are all human beings with different needs.
- Know your own needs and honor them.
- Align your life with your most important values.
- Reduce the need to engage in people-pleasing.
- Learn to say no when there is too much on your plate.
- Invest in and rely on a team to support you and reduce your workload.
- Stay in your zone of genius and let others do the same.
- Stay connected to other entrepreneurs who get it.
- Institute full “no work” days.
- Engage in social activities that bring you joy.
- Practice good sleep habits.
- Put away your electronics for long periods of time.
- Take a deep breath and trust that everything will be okay.
- Rely on planning to increase your effectiveness and efficiency.
- Do something creative that inspires you.
So answer these questions for yourself:
What is your frenzy factor right now on a scale of 1 to 100?
What is your frazzle factor right now on a scale of 1 to 100?
What ideas can you share to bring balance for entrepreneurs, including you?
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Frenzied or Frazzled: When Entrepreneurship Has Tipped Your Balance Scale
October 29, 2019