Burnout doesn’t have to happen.
You can stop it before it starts by setting up your life to use time realistically.
You can systemize, eliminate, and organize your life so you won’t need to feel as if you have no control over anything while working 365 days a year.
One of the most production thing you can do is eliminate things that don’t need to be done.
Burnout can make you exhausted, moody, and ready to give up. You may be prone to emotional outbursts, tired, and unable to focus and concentrate.
1Know Your Why – When you feel down, frustrated, or unmotivated, ask yourself Why are you doing this? Who are you doing it for? Are you doing this to leave a job you don’t like? Are you trying to make a better life for your family or trying to save a small piece of the world? Think about the impact persevering or giving up will have on them.
2Systemize and Eliminate – Use automation to streamline your life and free up time for the things that are important. Use bill pay with your bank so you don’t need to take your time to do that. Set up automatic delivery of items that you use regularly. Use templates and checklists to make things you have to do quicker. And especially, eliminate anything you don’t really and truly need.
3Actively Manage Your Time – We all have the same 24 hours each day, what differs is how you manage your time. Concentrate on things that matter and stop doing those that don’t. Use a calendar and schedule everything that’s important to you whether its business or personal. Remember, put the big rocks in first.
4Schedule Everything Including Downtime – Put things in your schedule so they don’t get lost and you don’t get surprised by forgetting something that needs to be done at a specific time. If it works for you, scheduled time for things that aren’t scheduled. You can have a block of time, an one or two hours, that’s just set aside for miscellaneous stuff. That way you can tell somebody when you will be available to do something with them and it won’t be an interruption.
5Exercise And Eat Right – No one can be fully productive if they’re not healthy. Part of being healthy is eating right and exercising. Your body is the machine you live in. Like any other valuable machine, you need to give it what it needs to thrive. You need to feed it right and see that it gets maintenance that it needs. You need to give it high-quality fuel (food). It might seem counterintuitive but exercise doesn’t actually take time, it gives you more time by increasing your ability to act more effectively.
6Get Enough Sleep – Getting rest is extremely important. You need to get enough sleep for you. This might be six hours, it might be nine hours, it needs to be what is right for you. Sometimes, it even matters when you sleep.
Don’t count the days. Make the days count.Muhammad Ali
7Give Back – Take time to help others either as a mentor, a volunteer or by donating money when you can. If you can do things personally for others it’s going to be that much more eye-opening and help you get out of your own head for a while. Helping others makes you feel good, makes them feel good, and helps the world in general.
8Be Social – People need people. Being sociable makes you a fuller person. It refreshes and recharges you. It’s also important for them. Find people you like being around and make it a part of your schedule.
9Get Outside – Get out in the sun, walk barefoot in the grass, watch a sunset, or just take a walk. A small amount of time doing this pays big dividends and get you ready for the next round of productivity.
Begin With the End in MindSTEPHEN R. COVEY
Finally, Plan Your Day Before You Start – Before you get bogged down in details and interruptions, figure out what you need to accomplish that day. If it’s sitting in front of you, it’ll be a constant reference of what’s important. Accomplishing your daily goals give you a real sense of satisfaction and makes the day seem worthwhile. Plus, if you don’t have a plan, how will you know when you’re done?
Do you have any tips to share on how you keep yourself moving forward each day?
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