2 Simple Steps to Avoid Burnout
What Are These 2 Steps?
1. Take daily consistent bite -sized actions. Spend only 1 – 3 hours a day on the project or task you have. When you do this each and every day, you’re building a positive habit of doing and completing the things that need to get done in this specific timeframe.
2. Schedule free time on your calendar. Give yourself the freedom to have fun, relax, and live life. Doing so removes all the distractions in your head. Because your free time is scheduled, you are more focused on your work and you won’t have to worry about when you’ll be able to have fun, meet friends, etc.
Hey guys, it’s Allen.
In this video I’m going to talk about the two things that you can do to eliminate burnout in your life, and from work.
I’m gonna start out with how I used to operate.
We live in such a society of crushing it, and grinding, and hustling, and go, go, go, go, go. Whenever I started a new project, I would always start on the weekend.
I don’t know why I chose this. Maybe because everything else was off of my plate, and I could strictly focus on this, but I would always start a project on Saturday morning.
Say I wanted to launch something new. I’d build the funnel, I’d write the copy, I’d do the creative, I’d build all the landing pages, the email followup sequence, blah, blah, blah, do everything all day Saturday, all day Sunday. And I’d spend the entire weekend, just going, and going, and going, and going. I probably would get about four hours of sleep on average when I would be in this mode.
What I found out – Monday morning would come, and I’d be freaking exhausted. I’d be just completely checked out. I wouldn’t want to to work any more, and it would take me the whole week to recover. I would never really produce anything substantial during the week, and even worse, the project that I was just grinding on would only get about 80% to 99% done.
I would never get 100% done, so what have I done, what have I changed so I can actually finish these projects and not get burnt out?
The first thing that you can do is take daily, consistent bite-sized action.
Now what this means, this means you work on that project, or your specific skill set, or whatever your main core competency is to move the business forward or whatever it is that you’re working on forward. You’ll spend one to three hours max a day.
It’s small enough where you can’t get burnt out, but it’s also long enough where if you just concentrate 100% for that hour to three hours, you can get a lot accomplished.
Now what this does, when you do this each and every day, you actually build a positive habit of doing the work, completing the work that was done, or that needed to get done in that specific time slot.
Then the next day you continue that process without getting burnt out, and what you’ll see is that you’ll actually start completing projects. Projects will get 100% done, and then you’ll move onto the next one, and you’ll get 100% done.
It may take longer to complete the project than if you were sprinting but the momentum that you build off of that will come back to you tenfold.
Then what you can do after those three hours is work on the admin stuff. Have client meetings, maybe calls, phone calls, meetings, help the team. Whatever it is, but it’s not whatever is important for that project, for that task, for that business.
The second thing that you can do is actually schedule free time on your calendar.
Now I know this might sound crazy but it’s true. It helps.
When you schedule free time on your calendar, what this does, it removes all the distractions from your head because you know that you’re not going to get burnt out.
When am I gonna get a chance to have lunch? When am I gonna meet up with this friend? When can I have some time for myself, because it’s already planned.
Tomorrow, I’ve got a whole afternoon planned just for myself, to have fun. I’m gonna do a bunch of things that I’ve been looking forward to, and I’ve been looking forward to it all week, because that’s the one big chunk of time that I’ve scheduled for myself.
What this does, because it’s scheduled, now I can focus on the work while I’m working and be present in the moment there. I produce a higher quality amount of work, and I enjoy the work while I’m doing it because I’m not worried about what I am gonna do this weekend.
When am I gonna time to take a breath? I already have the time. It’s already scheduled, and now I don’t worry because I’m giving myself some breathing time to have fun, enjoy life, live a life of abundance, and that’s what it’s all about.
The two things – one, take daily consistent action in bite size chunks, one to three hours. And two, schedule free time.
Don’t be scared. We’re humans, we need to live a little bit, so have fun, schedule free time and don’t get burnt out.
I’m Allen, thanks for watching.