Even if you’re involved in a career you love, the work can get boring or tedious leading to burnout. If not dealt with, burnout can lead to apathy and low motivation. If you find yourself unmotivated and inspired to do your work, here are tips to beat burnout and get back to work.
1. Take a break. Forcing yourself to plow through work can get things done, but it also keeps you from finding joy in it. Taking a break gives your mind time to rest. If you take a walk or do something active during your break, you can improve your mood, boost creativity and increase energy to get your work done.
2. Do tasks in a different order. Sometimes burnout comes from a routine that has turned into a rut. Changing your schedule or routine can help you avoid feeling like you’re doing the same things, the same way, over and over.
3. Focus on one task at a time. Burnout can be a result of overwhelm. Instead of focusing on the big project, break it down into smaller, manageable tasks and do them one at a time.
4. Get help. If you don’t have to be in charge of every aspect of your work, get help. For example, if you’re an entrepreneur, hire an assistant to take care of the tedious tasks.
5. Reward yourself. There’s nothing wrong with bribing yourself to get work done. There are many ways you can reward yourself for getting work done, including taking a break or nap, getting ice cream, having a night on the town or taking a day off.