It’s not uncommon to have an hour, a day, a week, or even a full month when you’re not feeling motivated. There are tasks on your plate, obligations you need to fulfill, but your heart isn’t in it, and it’s hard to summon the energy to really do your best, most creative work. This is an experience that’s often shorthanded as burnout, and while it’s something most of us deal with from time to time, it’s imperative that we learn how to manage it—how to work through it.
So how is it done? How can you bounce back from burnout and do your very best, most engaged work, even during those seasons where your motivation is lacking and your energy is dimmed?
My methods may not necessarily be your methods, and it’s smart to find the burnout cure that works best for you—but I’ve got a few quick practices that I certainly recommend you try.
How to Work Through Burnout
In no particular order:
Give yourself plenty of short breaks. A lot of people like the 50/10 rule—work for 50 minutes out of every hour, then chill for 10. You may find a balance that works better, but whatever it is, upping your break time may actually make you more productive in the long run.
Drink plenty of water. Don’t just depend on caffeine to boost your energy. Hydrate yourself. Keep healthy.
Get some sun. Don’t underestimate the rejuvenating power of sunlight and fresh air. That’s not touchy-feely stuff, either—sun and fresh air actually cause chemical changes that can improve your mood and energy levels. A quick walk in nice weather can work wonders.
Unplug for a while. Create some healthy boundaries in your life—giving yourself at least a couple of hours a day where your phone, tablet, and computer are out of sight and out of mind.
Breathe. Download a meditation app to help you with some deep breathing. Again, this isn’t an old wives’ tale; there is real science behind the role oxygen plays in nourishing and rejuvenating the mind.
Talk to someone. Sometimes venting your workplace frustrations and anxieties is all it takes.
Connect with coworkers. Invite a coworker to join you for coffee or for lunch, and spend some time just chatting. Learning more about the people you work with can make you much more excited about your own role on the team.
Create. Drawing, painting, songwriting, journaling, photography—whatever your outlet is, engage in it to help express the things you can’t put into words.
So those are my tips for working through burnout—but I want to hear yours, too! Leave me a comment to let me know!
Dr. Rick Goodman CSP is a motivational keynote leadership speaker who provides solutions globally that help people and organizations lead, engage, and grow their business.
He is also the author of the book Living A Championship Life, “A Game Plan for Success,” and the co–author of the book Jamie’s Journey: Travels with My Dad written with his sixteen-year-old daughter Jamie.
Dr. Rick is famous for helping organizations, corporations, and individuals with systems and strategies that produce increased profits and productivity without having the challenges of micromanaging the process. Some of Dr. Rick’s clients include Heineken, AT&T, Boeing, Cavium Networks, IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Franklin Templeton Investments.
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