Tips for Avoiding Burn Out

On November 1st, 2012, posted in: Productivity by 0 Comment

Even though the summer was a scorcher, burn out, of course, isn’t about heat, it’s a product of the “all work and no play” syndrome that is so easy to fall into when you’re trying to build or run a successful business. Often the most productive thing you can do is to stop working. Just take a step back and breathe! Coming back to a project after a break of a couple of hours or even a couple of days will give you a fresh perspective. But nothing rejuvenates you like some extended time away from work.

Here’s what works for me to prevent burnout:

  1. Schedule time away from work. Leave your laptop behind. Don’t check email on your smart phone. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t schedule it, it doesn’t happen. My monthly cabin weekends keep me going throughout the month. When I leave the cabin, I never do so without planning my next trip up north.
  2. Move. Exercise is a great way to release stress and sharpen your brain. Whether it’s a swimming laps, walking around the block, climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator or hiking, motion is what your body was made for.
  3. Play more. The old adage “all work, no play” has been around for a long time because it is true. Playing with your kids/cats/dogs or getting together with friends moves you to a different part of your brain and releases those “feel good” juices.

What do you do to prevent burnout?



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