If you’re the real deal, an entrepreneur who works his ass off, then you know exactly what being burned out at work feels like…
You’re tired not only physically, but mentally as well. The creativity that got you all the way to where you currently are is not quite there anymore. It’s almost like if your brain expanded inside your skull and the pressure doesn’t let you think properly.
You’re still working a ridiculous amount of hours, but much less is getting accomplished; the efficiency is not there anymore.
What should you do now? I mean, you still hunger for success. And those long-term goals you set for yourself aren’t going to reach themselves.
Feeling this way can be confusing and downright annoying, I know, it happened to me many times while building my business.
But keep calm, because through self experience, I found several ways to combat this feeling of being burned out.
Prepare to re-ignite that flame within you and work harder than you ever have before!
Burned Out At Work Tip 1: Take A Complete Break
Taking a break is the most obvious solution, but if you’re anything like me, a workaholic, then a break is what you’ve been avoiding the most.
I mean, who can afford to fall behind when there’s money to be made! Now, before you completely shut down the idea of taking a break. Let me tell you how it can be a humongous benefit to your business in the long run.
Hear me out…
Exhaustion is part of the reason why you’re feeling burned out, but the main problem is routine.
You see, your creative muscle grows when you use it often, obviously. Not so obvious, though, is the fact that it also improves with continuous exposure to novelty.
Studies are now finding that by exposing yourself to new places, situations, or ideas, you can increase your creativity. That means a break not only allows for much needed rest, but also for an influx of new information into your mind, which will benefit your creativity significantly!
When I say take a break, I don’t mean a couple of hours or even one day.
The timeout needs to be complete, at least a weekend in length.
Zero work is allowed during the break. Use this time to have fun, and relax. The fun will release feel-good chemicals in your brain, which will relieve the stress and refresh you.
A mini vacation is best, a complete disappearing act from work. This will give you a sense of adventure, the excitement and exposure to novelty that you need.
Things you can do
- Go hiking
- Get a hotel by the beach
- Take a flight to a nearby country
- Go on a spiritual retreat
- Go camping
Notice all these activities are out in nature. You need to get out and get away. The act of going somewhere and staying inside will not be enough to refresh your brain. Get creative!
Burned Out At Work Tip 2: Work At A Different Location
There’s no better feeling than setting up comfortably at your desk and getting to work. But sometimes time away from the office is necessary, especially when you’re burned out at work.
A trip away from the office to a new location will give you a similar effect as taking a complete break (creativity & excitement), without having to really take a break.
It’s like making a deal with your brain, where you provide it with a dose of dopamine in the form of a new location, and in return, you get the metal power to get work done. It’s a WIN-WIN!
I suggest you pick a high-energy place where you can see people and feel their energy. Preferably, a place where there’s other busy bees, that way you can get in the mood.
Here are some places you can go work:
- Coffee Shop
To work in these populated areas you will need some tools. Take the following with you:
- Noise canceling headphones
- Laptop charger
- Phone charger
- Jacket (in case the AC temp is too low)
Burned Out At Work Tip 3: Take On A Different Task
Sometimes it’s the current task and not the work that causes the feeling of burnout
A few years back, I was starting my first business selling phone cases. Before our big launch, I remember we went through a period where we had to create hundreds of designs in a little over a month; so they could be sent to the manufacturer.
I was miserable!
Not because the job was hard, but because it seemed repetitive. Designing isn’t my strength, nor does it come naturally to me, so I burned out.
If you’re burning out because of doing a task you don’t enjoy, or because of the repetitive nature of your work, then you could do the following…
- Trade-off the task you don’t enjoy with somebody else. Hiring somebody to do that task would be ideal, but if not, use your business partner. By trading tasks, you’ll perform better since you’re enjoying what you do, and the other job still gets done.
- Switch off between the task you hate and one that you enjoy. Taking turns will allow you to gain pleasure and momentum from the task you enjoy, and take it over to the task you hate.
Burned Out At Work Tip 4: Ask A Friend To Tag Along
Remember the first day of school, when it was time to go to your second class? You had absolutely no idea what it was going to be like or who was going to be in it.
That unknown brought a scary but exhilarating feeling, until…
You walked into the classroom and your best friend was sitting there.
All of a sudden, all your fear turned into excitement, knowing very well that you and your buddy were going to have an epic time together.
Can apply that same principle to work? YES!
In fact, whenever I’m feeling unmotivated about my work, I call one of my best friends and ask him to meet up. I do it because I know my friend will push me to get shit done!
We also won’t let each other get bored. We’ll take breaks, joke, and stimulate each other’s creative juices.
However, be careful, make sure you pick the right friend. You know, the type that isn’t going to distract you and keep you from getting work done.
As an entrepreneur, staying laser focused all the time isn’t easy, after all, we aren’t robots. As human, we work off emotion, it’s emotions that motivate us to move, hence the “motion” in emotion.
With that being said, do not beat yourself up when you feel burned out at work or unmotivated. Instead, find ways to keep yourself interested and creative. As I mentioned above, some of those ways are:
- Take a complete break
- Work at a different location from the usual
- Take on a different task at work
- Ask a friend to accompany you to work