You know the ole saying:
“Love what you do and you’ll never work a day of your life.”
Well, I call poppycock. You can have too much of a good thing, and you still need a break from doing work you’re deeply passionate about. Just like sometimes you need a break from your spouse or kids or lovely home.
I cringe when I hear entrepreneurs wear exhaustion like a badge of honor. There’s no honor in self-abuse, and you don’t get points for spreading yourself so thin that you’re reduced to a wine sipping hulu zobmie 5 nights a week.
As any good high school dance chaperone could tell you, you gotta put a balloon in between you and your slow-dance-partner-of-a-business to leave room for the holy ghost.
7 signs of burnout
- 1. Things that would normally be fun are just another thing to cross off your to do list.
- 2. You sit down to do something that you’d normally do in 20 minutes and it takes you 60.
- 3. You’re out of ideas.
- 4. You just. don’t. want. to. keep your commitments.
- 5. You daydream about a fantastical misadventure that somehow leaves you stranded on a desert island. And you like it.
- 6. You (mentally or verbally) lash out people who make requests of you.
- 7. You have a negative physical reaction to the thought of doing certain tasks.
If you identified with 3 or more of the above statements, you make be experiencing burn out. While it might not be possible to hit that desert island this afternoon, there are a few things you can do to give yourself a break.
7 simple ways to reignite
- 1. Say no to any new commitments for one month.
- 2. Schedule a vacation in the future so you have something to look forward to.
- 3. Commiserate with someone who gets it.
- 4. Kindly ask someone who cares to pamper you for a day.
- 5. Order in. The good stuff.
- 6. Declare one night, one day, one weekend totally off-limits from any work-related activity.
- 7. Unplug for an afternoon. No gadgets, no screens.
If you can run a small empire, surely you can run a small self-preservation campaign.
How can you tell when you’re approaching burn out, and what do you do about it? Let me know in the comments.