Set Boundaries to Avoid Burning Out and Losing Momentum
If You Can Avoid Burnout, Then You Can Generate Enormous Success
Are You Ready to be Entrefied?
“Burnout occurs when your body and mind can no longer keep up with the tasks you demand of them. Don’t try to force yourself to do the impossible. Delegate time for important tasks, but always be sure to leave time for relaxation and reflection.”
― Del Suggs, Musician
Quick, wake up its 5 a.m. and I have to do my 47-morning ritual steps, drink my lemon water, bulletproof coffee, and swallow 30 pills all while listening to a podcast on more productivity.
Next, I have to walk my dog while running and listening to a podcast on running all while I’m journaling about my morning in my 32nd journal book and brainstorming my next book.
Then I have to meditate on the rooftop of my house on my head after reading 7 books all before 8 a.m. and finally, my day can start.
I don’t even want to continue folks, you get the point.
I’m not saying a morning ritual is bad, I’m saying that sometimes, less is more.
All of these people constantly telling you 10 ways to do this or that and you eventually are doing 94 things every morning.
Who wants to start their days every day doing a triathlon?
Before you burn out.
You see we are like candles. Our wick can only burn so long before we need to rest and replenish. Sometimes we even need to swap the candle out.
We can’t burn one candle forever.
A few years ago..
I woke up at 6:30 a.m. and took a cold shower.
Next, I was headed to work by 7, eating some frozen breakfast item. Then after a boring day of nothingness, I went to the gym at 4.
I worked out for an hour and a half, sweating like mad, only to return home to work even more. Woo, I’m a hustler!
I began working on college courses full time until around 8, slaving away at writing papers.
After that at 8, I began working on my blog that I wanted to start to get out of the crap 9 to 5 for 2 hours each night pertaining to tech.
I then read a few chapters of a book before bed with my Kindle.
Oh, and the weekends were spent in the Army National Guard.
Let’s say I was going NON-STOP.
It was awesome. I was performing mediocre at best in each category.
It took every ounce of energy I had to press on.
3 months later and 40,000 words in, I quit my blog.
I quit SO HARD that I didn’t write for 2 years. That’s how burned out I was.
Instead of making progress, I created the opposite.
Hatred for what I love because I was well..loving it too much.
I loved my writing to death. Quite literally.
Take Breaks for Crying Out Loud
“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”
― Alan Cohen
When people brag about how little or how much they work, I roll my eyes.
That’s awesome that your job is “so easy that I just sit on my cell phone all day.” and that tells me you lack ambition, which is cool if that’s what you want.
Kind of like a dry sponge.
Then there are the people that act like they snorted the mound of coke from Scarface. “I am so busy I went to 400 meetings in one day!” and I say once again, that’s awesome.
But you are like a sponge that has been left under running water for hours.
You can only absorb and process so much at once.
It takes balance.
Some people need a break every week or every month. Some people only need breaks once a year.
It’s important to find that sweet spot. Start recording how long it takes before you start feeling like you need a break from something. And start listening.
Mix It Up
‘All my days are themed. Monday is management. At Square we have a directional meeting, at Twitter, we have our opcomm [operating committee] meeting. Tuesday is product, engineering, and design. Wednesday is marketing, growth, and communications. Thursday is partnership and developers. Friday is company and culture. It works in 24-hour blocks. On days beginning with T, I start at Twitter in the morning, then go to Square in the afternoon. Sundays are for strategy, and I do a lot of job interviews. Saturday is a day off.’
-Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square & Twitter
Every day this man has a clear focus on what he is doing.
He goes on walks.
He wakes up, meditates, and drinks coffee.
He doesn’t try to do 18 things before each period of the day.
Wake up, meditate, coffee, Monday Management day. 100% focus and simplicity.
Mix it up.
Change your routines when they become stale.
My routines last 60 days then I have to change them.
How long do yours last for?
You NEED A Break
Take a few days to unwind.
I literally have to force myself to leave the state to stop working and when I do, it allows me immense clarity.
In January instead of a meaningless New Year’s Resolutions, I went to the beach for 4 days.
I sat on the oceanfront and thought about what this year holds in store for me.
When we are busy doing everything at once, we forget the simple stuff.
You will burn out unless you continually reinforce your focus with the value that you strive to provide in your life and in others.
Set a day to STOP doing all 47 things on your to-do.
Take a day every now and then to just stop. Just stop doing everything. Stop thinking about everything. Stop doing, just exist.
Sometimes. Just. Exist.
“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will”
Gary McKeown, He is in Control of His Life
You need to act NOW.
Burn out is imminent if you don’t take a BREAK to refocus and relax.
If you want to be unstoppable and be in control of your life, check out my list of tips.
You’ve been Entrefied.