If you’ve got a towing business and you’re in charge of managing it, it’s only normal to feel overwhelmed by everything. You might be feeling exhausted, or stressed, or unhappy about going to work. Maybe you even dread it. You have a lot on your plate, and since you’re the head of the business you might feel like you can’t escape from the constant demands and crises that you have to address. In short, you feel like you’re experiencing a bit of burnout. That can be a really rough place to be, but here are some tips to help you through it.
4 tips to help you avoid workplace burnout as the manager of a towing business.
1. Give yourself a break.
It might seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to manage everything. When you are responsible for your business, your tow trucks, and your employees, that’s a lot, and you might feel like you’re always at the beck and call of this driver or that driver, this customer or that customer.
That’s why it’s important to schedule some time for a break into your day. You need a little peace and quiet and some time for yourself. If you don’t even have the time to eat a snack or meal, listen to some music, or even read a chapter of a book to give yourself a bit of a rest, that could contribute to your stress level. Maybe this will allow you to delegate to others – who knows, you might just find that the world does indeed go on when you let others step up.
Bottom line: Taking some time for yourself in the form of a break during the workday can help you feel refreshed and recharged to tackle to rest of the day.
2. Figure out what’s contributing to the stress/impatience.
You also have to figure out if there’s anything in particular contributing to your general feeling of stress, impatience, or exasperation. Are there any specific issues that make you upset? For example, does it really frustrate you if you get interrupted in the middle of going over the business’s finances? Once you figure out what’s causing additional stress, you can take steps to address the issue and find solutions. You can’t fix something or make it better unless you know what it is you need to address.
3. Don’t forget your life outside of work.
It’s easy to let stress from the tow truck business bleed into your personal life (or vice versa for that matter). That’s why it’s important to evaluate how your off-time makes you feel. Is there a commitment apart from the business that’s causing you to feel overwhelmed? Or is it that you need to add a “fun” activity to your schedule that will give you a much-needed break from the business? It’s important that you have enough time to get plenty of sleep, too – don’t forget about that or underestimate how important it is to get enough rest. Still, make sure you have time for you that makes you feel good and gives you a chance to relax – even if it’s just picking a show and watching an episode or two each evening. Give yourself something to look forward to.
4. Make a list of things you enjoy about your job.
Sometimes you have to get back to basics. What made you want to get into towing in the first place? Why are you in the towing world? Remind yourself of why you love towing. Then think of the things that you really enjoy about your job, your role at the business – what’s your favorite thing about being a tow boss? Is it training your employees? Is it working with your tow truck drivers? Is it actually hitting the road and towing cars?
Once you’ve identified what brings some joy back into your job, you can start thinking of ways to incorporate more of what you love into your schedule. It’ll kind of be like giving yourself a break…except you’ll be at work! Make some time or sort your schedule to allow yourself to do what you want to do. Give yourself a bit of a mental break and an opportunity to shift to a more positive outlook.
Everyone can experience some burnout from time to time. You’ve got a lot going on with running your tow truck business, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Give yourself a break, identify what’s bothering you, make time for yourself, and write down what you love about your job – then focus on those things. All in all, make sure you know when you’re feeling burned out, and then try to switch things up to get out of the rut you might find yourself in. Don’t despair – burnout happens to all of us.
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