How To Avoid Burnout For Your Hustle
It’s a few months into your dream job, only, you’re no longer as invested as you used to be. What once took you minutes to complete now takes you hours. Procrastination has gotten the better of you. And the worst part of it all is, you have no idea why. Do not panic, these things happen. Burnouts are a consistent part of every progressive workers’ journey. When you’re focused on growth, sometimes you find yourself taking on more than you can handle, working extra hours.
While an aggressive work ethic is encouraged, rest comes even more recommended. In this article, we explore how to avoid burnout while chasing the grind so you can always give your maximum!
Allow Yourself Time to Rest
You were up and working before the sun rose, you spent your entire afternoon snuggled up with strangers as you commuted back and forth from work. You stuff some leftover pizza into your microwave, change into your onesies, and Netflix the rest of your day away instead of resting. There’s no time to mow your neighbor’s lawn or take portraits of your teachers’ cat, you think to yourself. Thus, thrusting yourself into a guilt infused frenzy. It may be hard to believe, but all work and no play does make Jack a dull boy. Rest is a non-tradeable commodity. You must allow your body to relax and refresh. Do some yoga, drink chamomile tea, do something that doesn’t require that you use any brainpower, and then take your well-rested mind and channel some of that creative energy into something productive.
Work When You Are Most Productive
Try as much as you possibly can to be in control of your free time—i.e. that time that you spend away from your day job. Maximize fully whatever flexibility your day job allows. If you’re a morning person, can you put off work for an hour or two in the morning? If afternoons are better suited for you, is it possible to get off work early? Can you sacrifice your morning job to make a few extra bucks? Find out when you’re at your optimum working energy and capitalize on it.
It’s All Part of the Journey
As with almost everything in life, there are always going to be ups and downs when it comes to chasing things that you want. The best thing that you can do for yourself is to learn from all the trials that you face along the way, so you are better prepared should a problem like that occur again sometime in the future. It’s okay to feel sad or unmotivated. It’s okay to feel stressed. It is all temporary.
Burnout is something we probably would all experience as we navigate through our careers or various forms of the hustle, but you should never let it bring you down for too long. Rather, you should channel some positive energy into actions that jolt us back from this state so you can get back to chasing the dream.