We all experience burnout and overload. Sometimes we really just need a day off, or two, or maybe even three. That is OKAY! Everyone needs a chance to recharge but if you’re anything like me, recharging can give you even more anxiety than just getting your work done in the first place. So how can you recharge without falling behind? Below I’ll share some tips and ideas on how to productively recharge so that you can still get your work done and feel good about it too!
First, head over to my blog post, The Inevitable Burnout, if you’re feeling burnt out and not quite sure how to combat the feeling.
Create a Reward System and Stick to it!
Allow yourself to take a bubble bath, watch mindless television, or have an adult beverage or two. What is important is knowing when to draw the line. I like to create a reward system. It usually sounds something like this: “If I get this proposal done and sent off, I’ll treat myself to an episode of The Office.” This way, I get both things done. I don’t procrastinate my proposal and I get a little bit of time to just relax. I feel better about relaxing because I don’t have a project hanging in the balance and I’m able to fully appreciate that episode of The Office without stressing about the long list of work I have to get done. The key, however, is to stick with the reward you’ve set for yourself. If it is one episode I’ve rewarded myself, then that’s it and I move on to my next project. If you allow yourself to over do it, you’ll find yourself in a guilty, vicious circle of wanting to relax but realizing you procrastinate every time you allow yourself to do so. Make a reward that is realistic and stick to it.
Accomplish What You Can
Accomplish what you can and don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get to everything on your to-do list. I usually have a minimum of two to-do lists running in my head at all times. One is the to-do list I have for my company and the other is the to-do list I have for my home life. Some weekends I can only get to the laundry, grocery shopping and gardening. To me, it feels like procrastinating but these are all things that I have to get done at one point or another. By knocking them out during the weekend, I’m freeing myself up for the rest of my week which will allow me to tackle all of my company work. So if you’re wanting to have that glass of wine and a bubble bath after doing housework and yard work all day, DO IT. Tomorrow is another day and another opportunity for you to tackle that second to-do list now that the first has been taken care of.
Playing like you are a kid again can be a great stress reliever. Not to mention, playing can be a great source for creative expression which can only help give you ideas and inspiration for your business. No one has ever been criticized for being too creative. If you’re not an artist, when was the last time you colored or picked up a paint brush? What about kicking a soccer ball or jumping rope? Exercising your creative muscles will open your brain for new possibilities in your business and relieve stress at the same time. When you reconnect with your inner child in child-like play, you’ll find you’ll allow yourself to feel real joy and who doesn’t like to feel happy?
Create A Quick List
If I’m feeling overwhelmed on my day off because I know I have a lot to do and I’m far too exhausted to do it, I create a quick list. A quick list is something I can create in less than five minutes and only has three projects that I know I can finish in an hour total. For example, my quick list looked like this today:
- Grocery Shopping
- Start Laundry
- Pick-up takeout for dinner
While I was out grocery shopping I was able to call for takeout. I finished my shopping in thirty minutes, picked up dinner and was home before my hour was up. I was able to start a load of laundry while putting the groceries away. By setting this quick list and getting it done, I freed up the rest of my evening to relax. Quick lists ensure that I get some work done which allows me to feel somewhat accomplished so that I can rejuvenate guilt free.
Burnout and recharging your batteries really comes down to a positive work-life balance. How is your work-life balance? Do you give yourself time to truly relax? What about your employees? Are you supporting them in their pursuits to have a healthy work-life balance? I like this article by Marisa Sanfilippo on improving your work-life balance and supporting your employees as they do the same.
Are you the kind of person who still needs to be productive even when you’re trying to relax? What do you do to help yourself relax without feeling like you’re falling behind? Let me know in the comments!