So you have a bunch of work and you just can’t seem to finish a project! You’re almost at the finish line and you just want it done, but it seems like every little thing is taking forever. Simple tasks begin to drag and before you know it, you don’t want to work on it anymore. You are officially a victim of burn out. But don’t worry, I have solution!
The solution to burn out is a pretty obvious one, but it hard to realize it when you’re in the middle of your burn out phase. I get it. You want to get the project done. Cross the finish line, move on. Well, here are a few tips that will help you out.
Seriously. Stop what you’re doing and step away from the computer. Go outside, take a deep breath.
Changing your environment, even for a short time will help get your thoughts back on track and get you to clear you head a bit plus it’s nice to breathe in some fresh air!
You don’t have to stop for the day, but definitely take a small break just to get your head out of work mode for a bit.
Don’t go back to the project that was burning you out.
This is harder then it sounds. Today I was working on a project that I had to get done. In your mind you think, “OK, this needs to get done so I need to work on it,” but every new style that’s added just seems to be drawn out.
Do something else. You can still work, just to stay in the flow, but work on something else. If you’re doing stylesheets, write a blog post (hence why I’m writing this), or answer some emails. Maybe research something or create a marketing tool. Do ANYTHING besides what you were doing before.
The best way I can explain why this works is… it sort of jolts your mind into a different direction, so that you can refocus when you go back to the original project.
Say that out loud a few times. I had to and I wrote it, HA, but trust me, it makes sense when you actually do it. Keeping yourself in work mode doesn’t wear you down, but switching your mind from A to B, then back to A, makes working on A much easier.
Now Go Back
Hopefully, after you do the above two things, you’ll feel a bit refreshed and able to work on your project again. The key is don’t force it. You’re only human and you can only get so much done. Try to enjoy your work as you do it and don’t let it burn you out.
It happens to everyone, you can do it.