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Feeling Unmotivated? Is Burnout Close?

  1. Make the feelings of overwhelm and burnout a discussable topic. Talk about this with coworkers and friends to make this accessible and create moments of connection. What has the past year been like for folks? Where are they now? What’s very present and alive for them now? How are they relating to work differently than before? What have they learned in this past year? What is clear/not clear to them about the future?
  2. Honor what you all have been through together. What can we do from this place of shared experience?
  3. Make shorter-term and attainable goals. Long-term planning can be more challenging when you’re taxed energetically and emotionally. Making shorter-term goals can feel more doable and just as proactive. Attaining those goals will help get the flywheel spinning.
  4. Reconnect to what brought you into this work: connect to what matters. What brought you to this work, to this team? Sometimes when we’re exhausted we may be out of alignment with something that matters and is important to us.
  5. Beware of the ‘shoulds.’ Where might you be trying to live up to an expectation, often an old one, that may not be as relevant now? Suspend the ‘should’ and turn toward what matters to you now. What would it look like to live by what matters? How is this importantly different from the ‘should’?
  6. Know that there’s a reorientation taking place. We are all in transition now. Anxiety, excitement, and grief will be common responses to the moments ahead. Knowing this, how can we set aside time and cycles to be alone, and to stay in touch with our real wants and priorities?
  • What’s different now? What’s here for us now at this time? What’s compelling about the future that’s enabled now?
  • How do you want to show up now? What were you holding up in the past (i.e. a false persona, inauthenticity, etc.) that doesn’t fit now and moving forward?
  • What have you learned about your needs? What do you need socially? How do you want to relate and work with your organization?
  • What is your relationship with rest? What do you know about how much rest you need? What can you ask for or put in place to support you getting the rest you need?
  • What boundaries (short-term or long-term) could be set to help you focus on your priorities?
  • What policies (short-term or long-term) could be set to help your team focus on the new priorities?
  • What support could you ask for from yourself, your family, your friends, your team?

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Allison Schultz

Co-founder and coach @RebootHQ. Lifting up the wisdom of the equines for leaders of today so we can return to our truest self.