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If You’re In Burnout, You Surely Need These Tips

If You’re In Burnout, You Surely Need These Tips

As a busy entrepreneur or professional, you are likely to face burnout at one time or another.

Overwhelm or burnout is a common obstacle that most of us face when building a business, getting things done or reaching for our goals. The more we put on our plate, the heavier it becomes, and it makes it that much more difficult to deal with at times.

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Eventually you hit a wall and you get burnt out. If that’s how you feel right now, these tips are sure to help you break through this plateau and move forward.

1. Slow down

When we’re chasing goal after goal, it’s easy to get caught in a rat race. Once you start feeling that nagging sense of overwhelm come over you, try to stop, breathe, and just slow down. Take it step by step, don’t try doing it all at once.

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2. Review your progress so far to realize how much your work is contributing to the goals

A lot of times when we are burned out, we lose sight of the bigger vision and our goals. We go through the day-to-day tasks and check things off a list without really thinking about how they are affecting our progress toward a bigger purpose. If your main goal is to get your website up and running, spending time on writing your blog posts or guest posts is probably not contributing to that bigger goal. Sure, it is important to do those things but they have to be done in the order that makes sense. Writing blog posts doesn’t help you if your website is still not up and these blog posts have nowhere to live! Focus on the brand strategy and working with your web designer instead. Step by step, in the right order.

3. Speak to people who have done it before

Whenever you feel overwhelmed you might start realizing that some nasty thoughts begin running through your mind. Perhaps you don’t think you’ve got it in you. Perhaps you’re not quite sure what to do next. If this sounds true for you, talking to someone who has been there before will help. Find a mentor that has gone through the process before to help guide you through it. If you’re struggling with your marketing or business plan, consider hiring a business coach (that’s me!) or strategist. You don’t have to go at it alone.

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4. Take many small steps

Once you’ve slowed down and got your plan written out for your vision, start taking small steps. Don’t bite off a bigger piece than you can chew – slow down and divide the milestone goals into smaller goals. From there, break them down even further. Checking things off more frequently will get you the momentum you need to continue moving in the right direction.

5. Focus on the bigger vision

Again, if you’re doing something ambiguous, ask yourself how that task is contributing to the bigger vision. Better yet, ask yourself “What IS the vision anyway?” – allow yourself to daydream a little bit. This is something you can do with a coach as well as they know exactly the right questions to ask that are inquisitive but also extremely motivating. Just revising that vision is a great first step to gaining momentum once again.

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6. Do a brain dump

If you have so much going on in your head that you don’t even know where to start, I recommend doing a brain dump. Simply take a piece of paper and start writing. Write everything that’s in your head, every single thing that comes into your mind. After a couple of minutes (or hours) you’ll have dumped it all on paper and you’ll feel more clear-headed and ready to pick and choose the activities that make the most sense for you at that moment.

7. Prioritize your goals to gain momentum

When you have your biggest vision in mind with a written goal in mind, make sure your milestones and smaller goals are prioritized well. If you know you really have to get your marketing plan ready but you really despise marketing, think whether there are any other things you can do right now instead that will also move you forward. Do what feels better first so then that feeling of momentum will expand into the other areas you have to focus on eventually as well.

Featured photo credit: puck90 via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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