Feeling tired? Do you find yourself procrastinating excessively? Do you feel like nothing you do matters?
You might feel like you’re no longer able to continue on your current path and even the most minor tasks feel like a monumental struggle. You might be burned out.
Don’t worry though, everyone’s been there at some point or another. It can be tough to pick yourself up and dig your way out of the exhaustion and boredom that comes with doing one thing for far too long. Here are a few things you can do to help get yourself back on the road to doing what you enjoy once more.
Take a Break
A frequent reason why burnout happens is because people work too long without taking enough breaks. Not enough relaxation can cause stress and anxiety, so if your job is causing you stress and anxiety, just walk away.
“But what if I’ll still have work when I get back?” you say.
Take a break anyway. You’re tired and taking some time off will let you think about what to do next. It will also help you to relax, so that when you get back to work, you can do so with feeling fresh and invigorated.
Now by taking a break, I don’t mean taking a “working vacation”. When you take a break, your work does not come with you, even if you’re going no further than your own living room. Stop working entirely for the time being. Let your mind focus on something else.
Whenever you feel ready, you can go to the next step.
Consider Your Priorities
Look at how you’re doing your work. Ask yourself whether or not you’re really happy doing what you’re doing. If you’re not, then make changes. Change your job, change your career, discover new passions. Do what makes you happy.
If it’s just some aspects of your life that you don’t like, then try to figure out how important those tasks are. Not everything needs to be finished. You can also try to delegate those tasks to other people, because not everything that has to be finished has to be finished by you. Another possibility would be to try and complete your work in a more efficient manner. If there’s a new way to work, or a new technology you can use to streamline your work, then look into it.
By thinking about how you do your work and why you do it, you can shorten or cut many of the more tedious tasks out of your life.
Learn to Say No but Learn to Say Yes
Sometimes, if you’re taking on a large amount of work, it can be important to learn how to avoid taking on too much work or too many duties. You are only capable of doing so much and if you become overwhelmed, it can lead to avoidance of tasks and ultimately, burnout.
One of the most important to ways to avoid burning out is to learn how to say no. While everyone appreciates hard workers, it is important to know how much you are capable of doing, so that you’re able to fulfill your promises. This will require an honest assessment of your capabilities, but it will be necessary if you want to do what you enjoy for a long period of time.
Also, learn how to say yes. Help other people, give back to others as much as you can. Also, don’t be afraid to say yes to new challenges and new opportunities. Stagnation and boredom are just as much a factor in burning out as overwork is. If you constantly take on new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities, you will always have something new and interesting to do.