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Okay, I wanna talk about Burnout.
Burnout is very real and can take a mega toll on your productivity, motivation, and overall happiness.
We have all been there. You have so much on your to do list that you don’t know where to start, so you don’t. You procrastinate instead because you feel overwhelmed, and it’s easier to binge watch some Netflix instead of actually doing anything productive.
Don’t worry, you are definitely not alone in feeling this way!
We are all so busy! It is hard to get caught up in life and always be go, go, go. How does anyone maintain a job, a relationship, friends, exercise, healthy eating, self-care, kids, etc. etc. Everyone has a full plate, made up of what is important to them. And sometimes, we simply take too much food and our plate is overflowing. When our plate gets too full, we start to push aside certain aspects of our life, like self-care, or time for yourself. They always seem to be the first to go right?
Well, when we get rid of that down time or time for ourselves, that is when burnout seems to appear.
I have been totally guilty of this, and it has been especially bad since becoming a mom. Every moment of baby-free time I have, I am blogging,or cleaning, or preparing dinner. But, sometimes I spend a whole hour getting nothing accomplished because I am trying to do a million things at once. I feel like I just don’t have enough hours in a day to be a good mom, a good partner, work on my business, work at my day job, eat well, have some me time, shower, exercise, have a clean house?! How do people do all of those things and not feel completely exhausted by the end of the day?
So what is usually the first thing to go? Exercise, eating well, down time, self-care. I can’t stop being a mom, I can’t neglect my partner, but for some reason I think it is okay to neglect myself? That doesn’t sounds right? And that is exactly the mindset that causes you to feel completely burnt out.
So today I want to talk about the steps I take to avoid or overcome burnout and let go of the idea that you have to do it all!
How to Recover From Burnout: 8 Simple Tips for Getting Back on Track
1 | Plan, Strategize, and Schedule
So so important for staying on track and avoiding overwhelm. Planning out your months and weeks are a great way to stay on track, and figuring out what you want to accomplish and what is a priority.
Creating long-term schedules to help you see the big picture and allow you to break down tasks, goals, etc. will really help you out and feel less overwhelmed.
Lastly, scheduling tasks will keep you accountable and consistent. Schedule a certain day per week to accomplish specific tasks (Sunday – Meal Plan or Prep , Wednesday – 1 hour of YOU time, Friday – Date night with your partner, etc.)
A great way to get better at time management is by using a planner! Here are some great picks:
2 | Block Out Time For Specific Tasks
Similar to scheduling your time, time blocking for specific tasks is a great strategy. What I started doing to help stay focused on one task at a time, is blocking out chunks of time for each task. For example, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am on Monday’s I focus on writing blog content. From 9:00 am – 11:00 am on Sundays I focus on cleaning one or two areas of my house.
I actually wrote a whole blog post about time blocking and why it is awesome. Click here to give it a read!
3 | Avoid the Technology Black Hole
You know what I am talking about, Pinterest, Facebook, Netflix, Online Shopping. The things that suck you in and then the next thing you know it’s been an hour.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes this is exactly the “me time” I need. But, if we are doing this multiple times a day and then stressing because we do not have enough time in our lives to accomplish everything, then we need to re-evaluate.
Take a day and actually pay attention to the amount of time you spend on your phone or watching TV. You will be AMAZED.
Now that you are aware, see if you can limit that time a bit and use that time in other, more valuable places.
4 | Take Breaks & Time for Yourself
Sometimes when you are feeling overwhelmed or burnt out the best thing is just take a break and relax. Even if your to-do list seems like it is never-ending. If you take time to recharge, you can come back to it refreshed and motivated, rather than trying to tackle your to-do list unmotivated and exhausted.
5 | Just Start
One of the biggest side effects of burn out for me is procrastination. When I feel burnt out the first thing I do is start making excuses to avoid tackling my to-do list. But, usually if I can just make myself start one easy task on my list, I fall right back into things and am able to be a bit more productive. Sometimes just making yourself start something is all it takes.
If I am really burnt out though, I let myself procrastinate a bit. If you start your task and you’re still not able to get into it and focus, then maybe try to relax and recharge, and then come back to it later and try again.
6 | Make a List of Accomplishments
Sometimes my burnout stems from feeling defeated or like I am not succeeding. That negative mindset can be hard to shake. It can be a downward spiral if you let yourself get caught up in self-doubt and negativity. When I feel this happening to me, a trick I use is to create a list of all the accomplishments or wins I have had so far.
For example, if I am feeling negative about my blogs overall success so far, I write down and review all my areas of blogging wins and accomplishments.
I was feeling very defeated recently because KendraBLOGS (my other blog)was just is not bringing in the traffic stats that I would like it to be bringing in at this point. I am doing all of the things I am supposed to be doing, following the same steps that I followed to grow this blog to 20,000 + pageviews per month, but not seeing the same results. It is frustrating. BUT then I reviewed my stats. I realized that kendraBLOGS is not even 5 months old yet and has already gained almost 500 email subscribers and earned me over $700 in blog income despite not having a ton of traffic. PLUS I created a free course for aspiring bloggers and I am getting emails from the students telling me how much they appreciate the course, and that reminds me why I started that blog in the first place. By reviewing my accomplishments, I was able to reset my mindset and remember that this won’t be an overnight success, but that I am also doing great and definitely on the right track.
7 | Remember the Big Picture + Your WHY
This one is important. Never lose sight of WHY you started or what your BIG picture is. When I feel uninspired or burnt out, one thing that lights a fire under my ass is remembering WHY I want something. I love blogging, it is one of my biggest passions, but there is more to it than that. I started blogging before my daughter was born and it was always more for enjoyment than anything else. But, once she came into my life I started to take it more seriously and focus on turning my passion into a profitable business. I realized I could stay home with her and still contribute financially if I was able to achieve that goal. I was able to turn my passion into a Side profit, but my BIG picture is to turn it into a full-time job. My WHY now centers around staying home with my daughter, having flexibility to be a mom and enjoy my family, but still having a fulfilling career that I love. When I am feeling defeated or burnt out, remembering my WHY usually snaps me back into hustle mode.
This can apply to all goals! Fitness goals, education goals, career goals, etc.
Always remember WHY you are working so hard to achieve whatever your goal is.
8 | Ask For Help
Sometimes we find it hard to ask for help, or at least I do! But honestly, sometimes it is simply that easy. I know there are things my partner can take of my plate, and he happily will, all I have to do is ask. But, I tend to hate asking for help, and feeling guilty I can’t do it all. It is silly and irrational, but it’s true. So ask for help or support where you can. The people in your life who love you will be happy to help. You are not a burden for asking, and you are not any less amazing for needing help.
So, there you have it! I hope these tips help you overcome burnout and get back on track. The biggest take away from this should be that you need to take care of yourself and make the time for self-care. Ask for help when you need it, take breaks, and work on good time management skills! incorporating these simple things in your life should assist with avoiding burnout!
Let me know your favorite ways to overcome or avoid burnout by leaving a comment below!