What to Do When You Get Burned Out, Part 2

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Welcome back!

Getting burned out will kill your motivation faster than just about anything else. That’s why we’re spending this series of lessons on learning how to combat burn out. Here are still more tips for what to do when you’re feeling burned out…

Delegate Responsibilities

If you’re like a lot of people I know, you’re a bit of a “Jack of all trades.” For example, if you’re an online business owner, then you probably do almost everything yourself, from the content creation to the marketing to the customer service.

Thing is, a lot of the tasks you do just aren’t all that important. Your time would be better spent working on tasks that take you more quickly to your goal. And in some cases, you could easily turn a particular task over to someone who could do this task faster, better and even more cost effectively than you.

Point is, you don’t need to do it all. If you have a business, you can certainly outsource various tasks simply by finding a competent freelancer (perhaps through elance.com or a similar source). You’ll learn more about outsourcing in a future lesson.

However, this doesn’t just apply to your business and career. You can also delegate responsibilities and share the workload in your personal life. For example, household tasks like washing dishes, vacuuming, cleaning and other tasks can be split among all your family members.

Learn to Say No

Do you ever feel like everyone wants your time, attention and help? From your children to your family members to your friends to your coworkers… it seems like everyone needs something from you.

You probably enjoy helping people when you can. However, sometimes you just need to say no. If you’re feeling burned out, stressed and overwhelmed with everything else that’s going on in your life, you need to say no when someone makes yet another request for your time and attention.

You may feel a little guilty. You may feel bad, especially if you’re the type of person who usually says yes because you like to please people. But you’re no good to anyone if you get burned out. So prioritize all requests and only say yes to those that really matter to you.

Get Some Exercise

Nothing clears your head and re-energizes you quite like exercise. While any amount of exercise is beneficial, a long or vigorous exercise session generally makes you feel better. This includes running, lifting weights, biking, using an elliptical or any other cardio activity. You can also enjoy your favorite sports such as football, basketball, tennis and similar activities.

Do the Things You Like to Do

Finally, you may want to spend time doing the things you really enjoy. This is a matter of enjoying the simple pleasures in life. For example, if you enjoy bubble baths, then be sure to treat yourself to one several times per week. Or if you like burning scented candles, then burn them when you’re working to help set a relaxing mood.

That’s it for this time. Next time you’ll find out how to prevent burn out from ever occurring!

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