HOW TO AVOID FEELING BURNT OUT
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As an entrepreneur, I am constantly on the go, ok? Working for yourself has its benefits. It also comes with a lot of responsibility. Whether you work for yourself, whether you are still a student or you work for a company, there are times where we are just like “done.”
When you feel like you are so unmotivated, you know? You just don’t want to do anything. You had all of this motivation built up and then BAM. Gone. Bye. See ya.
It’s called being burnt out and it’s totally normal.
I never thought it was normal. I actually considered it lazy. When I wasn’t working. When I gave myself time off. When I felt a lack of energy, I assumed that I was lazy.
That couldn’t be further than the truth.
We cannot work ourselves to death, yet we are living in a society where our cost of living is so high. The pressure to make money is insane, and because of social media, we have this “nothing is never enough” mentality.
Guys, it’s time for a change.
We will never achieve what we want by GOING GOING GOING non-stop. We will get burnt out and getting burnt out takes us further away from what we want, right? It will take us LONGER to get there, do you understand?
Listen, I’m not perfect. I get burnt out all the time. I am just sharing what has worked for me and my opinion on this topic. I hope you find it valuable!
5 WAYS TO AVOID THE BURN OUT
Feeling burnt out means that you aren’t taking care of yourself.
Here are a few ways to prepare yourself and avoid those burnt out days!
The worst feeling in the world is being all over the place and mentally unstable, ok? I learned how to put routines in place at a young age. I don’t necessarily follow them line by line every single day, but I have a solid routine that I stick to. It keeps me in check.
Put a morning and nighttime routine in place.
This will shape your day.
These routines allow you to start off with good and healthy intentions that will carry you throughout the day. You can even take it a step further beyond just a morning and nighttime routine.
Keep yourself organized. Routines help keep life stable. They keep you on the right path.
I personally get on a roll when I am working and cannot stop. If I stop, I feel like I won’t be able to get back into it, you know what I mean? So, I used to really struggle with taking breaks. I read about all of the reasons WHY to take a break, but I just never took action. I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
Then, I got burnt out. Funny right?
I started taking breaks every hour. Just 15 minutes or so. Some days more, some days less. That 15 minute break actually boosted my energy, reduced my stress, helped increase my creativity and I was more productive.
That break allowed my mind to rest for a minute. To regroup and come back to what I was doing feeling stronger. You get it?
This is a challenging tip, but one that has worked wonders for me. It’s ok to say no. Your time and mental health are important.
You cannot say yes to everything.
I say yes when I CAN do something. If I cannot do something in the moment, I used to say yes anyway. That got me into a lot of trouble, extra stress and less productivity. I ended up feeling so burnt out because I was doing more for others than myself.
What I realized was…
that when I was honest that I couldn’t do something, people understood. This gave me time to work on myself, which THEN gave me MORE time to help others in a more valuable way.
If I can’t respond right away, if I can’t get into a meeting right away, that is ok. I simply tell people that I am unavailable and when I will be available next. I always respond, but I can’t always get things done right away.
I stick to a schedule. I set boundaries for myself. I do things when I can. I don’t do things when I can’t.
This way, I am more efficient and can be more useful to others. If I say no when I can’t do something, then I reschedule it for a time when I CAN.
INVEST IN YOU
You are your biggest asset.
You matter. Without you, you cannot accomplish your goals. If you get burnt out, it means that you probably aren’t investing in yourself enough. Your mental health, your physical health and self care overall.
That’s no bueno.
I used to think that I don’t deserve to invest in myself yet. What have I accomplished to be able to take time off to invest in myself?
Horrible mentality if we are keeping it real.
Not investing in myself lead to me feeling burnt out. When I started investing in my self care, physical and mental health, I became more motivated, self aware, inspired, creative and productive.
I felt more confident. I was able to make better decisions.
LIVE A LITTLE
This is something else that a lot of us struggle with. Again, we get so wrapped up in our work, that we forget life is short.
Go to the beach, plan that trip, call someone you love, take a walk, go to the spa, hang out with friends, go to a movie. Just do what makes you happy.
You have one life. You have heard this line before and you know this deep down. Don’t forget it or take it for granted.
If you aren’t enjoying and having ANY fun, then what is the point?
I get it. I work hard now so that later I can have fun. But, if I don’t enjoy or have ANY fun now, then I will be burnt out, unhappy, unfulfilled and it might take me longer to reach my goals.
Now, to be totally honest, I spend most of my days working. But guys, I do take time each weekend to do something I enjoy. It refreshes my mind. It reminds me of why I’m working so hard!
It’s easy to forget, you know?
These 5 tips are ones that I keep handy at all times.
Print this out, write it down or put it in the notes app on your phone. I find them to be valuable reminders that push me through these moments where I feel burnt out.
You have to keep moving forward. Life gets tough. Business is tough. School is tough. NOTHING COMES EASY. We all know that. So, if you can take preventative measures and work smarter, you might actually reach your goals quicker.
…but most importantly, be happier!
I’m off to cook dinner!