11 Aug The Actual Way to Avoid Burnout Starting Today
At the Growth Summit 2017 Q&A with the Growth Founders and Director of Coaching, one of our Growth family members asked the question we’ve all asked ourselves at some point:
“How do I avoid burnout?”
Brendon simply replied, “The way to avoid burnout is don’t burn out.”
We often wait until we don’t have any energy left to take a break. And even then it becomes less of a choice and more of a necessity–despite what needs to get done at that point. When we stress ourselves out, we lose sleep and we risk getting physically sick and having to sit out for a while until we are physically able to get back in the game. So don’t let yourself get all the way to that point.
We all know that adequate sleep is important. It’s vital to our sanity if not our survival. And yet, somehow, when something needs to get done by tomorrow morning, it’s the first thing to go.
We’ve got to rest while we still have steam so that we don’t unexpectedly run out of steam right when everything needs to get done and deadlines need to be met.
Here are some ways to keep yourself going:
- Prioritize sleep over everything.
Realize that if you do not get 7-8 hours of sleep every night, even if you get something “important” done right now, eventually something else important is going to have to be compromised.
- Stop procrastinating.
It’s so obvious and yet, do you realize how much procrastination is killing your energy? Break your projects down into bite-sized pieces, exercise some self-control and stay on track.
- Drop what doesn’t matter.
Again, this might seem obvious, but sometimes we hold things in the back of our minds. They’re still there stressing us out, but we’re not thinking about them enough to actually resolve them and move on. Maybe sometimes these things might even matter, but it’s okay to drop them for now and then set a date to start worrying about them because they deserve our full attention when we can afford to give it. These things might even include certain relationships.
This is very similar to the previous one, but sometimes we think that the way to solve our stress is to add some kind of good habit or process or something that will counter or mask our bad habits when the best way to counter a lot of things is just to cut them out. Keep your real goals and values front and center and focus. Anything else is just a distraction.
- Take breaks.
And not only when you feel like you can’t take anything anymore. It’s better to take a couple of minutes to breathe and refresh yourself every hour and then be extra productive for the other 58 minutes than to push and burn out by 2 or 3 pm and then lose 2+ hours of productivity. Have you ever realized how tense your shoulders are or how long it’s been since you gave your mind a little break? Check in with yourself periodically throughout the day to make sure you’re on top of your game.
What do you do to keep your energy at 100% every day? If you’ve got your own tips on how to avoid burnout, comment and share below.