There are days that I feel like doing a whole lot of nothing
We all have those days when you don’t want to go to work. We are EXTREMELY unmotivated. For the average person, they get in their car and drive to work anyway. But what if you work from home without anyone to watch what you’re doing? How do you stay motivated?
Burned out, now what?
If you have been overworking yourself, there will be a time when you won’t be able to keep going anymore. Most of the time when I feel lazy and can’t focus it’s because I worked all day every day for over a month straight.
I’m one of those people who gets excited and wants to keep going until I finish, but eventually, I do run out of gas. When I get this way, I like to sleep (I probably only got 4 hours of sleep each day) or lay in front of the tv marathoning shows.
When I get this way, it’s like I’m recharging my battery so I refuse to move unless it’s for food or water. How do I get past this?
Change your schedule
The first thing I do is change my schedule around. I go through my agenda and Asana (I mentioned Asana in a previous blog post) to look at due dates and try to work around everything.
I’m usually the type of person who schedules each minute of every day, but this year I changed that. I’m giving myself room to breathe and time to do different projects.
My goal is to clock out at 5 pm instead of 11 pm. I try to do everything within the 8 to 5 schedule.
Choose one goal and focus on that
If I overwork myself so much that I get lethargic and can’t even follow an 8-5 schedule, I create a goal for the day and focus on only that goal. That way if I finish that goal, I reward myself with the rest of the day off.
For example, before I launched my website, I got really sick. I thought I would have to push back my launch day.
I had to take a couple of days off, and then when I became well enough, I started looking through my schedule and doing one important task a day until finally, I launched my website.
In the end, I still got to recuperate and be productive at the same time.
Take a break and recharge, it’s not the end of the world
Sometimes you have to give yourself a sick day or schedule in vacation time. If you worked so hard that you actually do need a break, look through your schedule and block out the time.
Does anyone else work so hard that they burn themselves out? Tell me your stories and how you get back on track.