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Sometimes re-energizing is very important. Thus, to charge our internal batteries here are few steps that one can follow:
1.) Work somewhere new.
And by new, I mean get out of town. If you’ve got some change, take a trip and work remotely in a different state. If you’re bootstrapping, drive to a coffee shop in the next city over. If you’re tied to a desk, ask to move into a different part of the office. If you’re working from home, work on the lawn. According to The Atlantic, a change of scenery can do the body and your creative mind a whole lot of good. Physically removing yourself from the environment fueling your burnout is a solid step out of the cycle of doom.
2.) Get abstract.
When you can’t mentally clock out, it’s time to try a little psychological distance, or abstract-thinking. When we approach the mundane from a different perspective, we form connections between seemingly unrelated subjects and come up with new ways to get things done.
3.) Dip your toe in a different discipline.
Hang out with people who don’t do what you do. Read a book on topics you’re not interested in. Volunteer for the first time. You may have to force yourself, but studies have shown learning something new (and outside of your wheelhouse) creatively pays off.
4.) Don’t fight your natural productivity clock.
I spend one to two hours after my alarm clock reading blogs, writing down my stray thoughts, slowly cooking breakfast, walking outside to fetch the mail, etc. Why? This is how I like to start my day. And I enjoy filling the house with the smell of coffee before I open my laptop. Yes, this routine cuts two hours out of my day and I could be working on something else, but it brings me clarity and focus. These two hours are for input, not output. Frank Partnoy, the author of Wait, calls this sort of behavior active procrastination. He suggests that through this form of idleness, we often invent new ways to do things, narrow in on the most important and useful tasks and make better decisions.
5.) Do more than take a break. Be bored.
No TV. No Instagram. No Internet. I’m talking complete disengagement. Whether you go for a long walk, count your ceiling tiles, or hide away at your great aunt Carol’s for the weekend, do the thing that bores you the most (Sorry, Aunt Carol—love you!). Your brain will attempt to entertain you, and you will likely be better for it.
6.) Observe cyclical patterns of negativity and adjust accordingly.
Look at each day as an experiment. Form a hypothesis and begin testing variables. When do you have good days? When do you feel like doing nothing at all? When do you feel like giving up? Track these patterns and identify some things you might be able to change. Are you eating enough? (Being hungry is an actual thing.) Do you wake up with anxiety prior to meetings with a client or different co-worker? Do you dread little things, like not getting the right parking spot? Do you drink water? As minuscule as these factors seem, each one affects your stress levels—and when it comes to kicking the entrepreneurial burnout bug, every little adjustment matters.