I have a weird anxiety about saying no to people and I have this annoying habit of putting an ungodly number of commitments on my plate , so it’ll probably come as no surprise that I’ve managed to burn myself out more times than I’d like to count!
If you’ve ever read a blog post on how to stop burnout, you were likely greeted with a long list of self-care tips – get enough sleep, don’t overextend yourself, take regular breaks, make sure you’ve got work-life balance (whatever that even means). So I thought I’d do something a little different and share the mindset tips that help me stop burnout. I hope you find this helpful!
YOU DON’T WORK BETTER UNDER PRESSURE
Before I realized I was a perfectionist and that 99% of my procrastination was caused by my fear of judgment and not being good enough, I believed that I needed to do everything at the last minute because I worked better under pressure. I would push things off so I wouldn't have to deal with the fact that what ever it was wouldn't be good enough.
The truth was, I was just scared that I’d try my hardest and it still wouldn’t be good enough. I left everything to the last minute so that I could point to that as the reason for any failure, rather than my lack of intelligence or skill.
If you tell yourself you perform best when you leave everything until the last minute, start to call it out for the excuse that it is! The only reason you work better under pressure is because there’s no option to procrastinate. Which leads me to my next tip…
I’ve found the biggest help has actually been reducing procrastination (I’m not going to say ‘stop procrastination’ because I’m not going to pretend I’ve completely stopped haha)! I’m the kind of person that always wants to feel busy and productive, but I also hate feeling like I’m not good at something or I won’t be good enough. Thanks to that combo, I used to spend A LOT of time procrastinating or doing busy work to try to avoid those feelings.
In my experience, the only way to reduce procrastination is to learn how to feel your feelings instead of avoiding them with Netflix and Pinterest and Instagram and OMG is that something shiny over there? If you need any help with reducing procrastination, try to figure out why you're trying to avoid the task to begin with.
DITCH OVERWHELMING TO-DO LISTS
I used to feel like if I didn't have a list I wouldn't get anything done. I would create the longest to-do lists and I mean loooong! So long in fact that I would never get to the end of them. I used to believe the longer the list the more I would achieve. Rather than getting stuff done I would then just get completely overwhelmed and feel like there was so much to do that I would never even start.
I'm working on changing this. Now, instead of overwhelming to-do lists that never get completed, I create manageable weekly to-do lists with a ‘bonus’ section. It’s so simple and so effective I can hardly believe I’d never though to do it myself. It allows me to get the satisfaction of a completed to-do list (which is the BEST feeling!) while also giving me the opportunity to overachieve. So with the same goals, I’ve gone from feeling like I’m never doing enough to feeling like I’m overachieving. And I’m actually doing heaps more because I don’t feel overwhelmed or disheartened! Definitely give this a try if you never make it to the end of your to-do list!
I hope these tips have helped you!
Do you struggle with burnout? Please let me know in the comments below!