Productivity

Preventing Burn-Out

I am not bragging when I say that I do everything and always have. In high school my schedule was packed from before sunrise to after sundown and then I’d do my homework. Even today, I simply cannot find enough hours in the day for all the things I want to do. This, lads and lassies, is not always a good thing.

We are creatures of limited resources. Diet and exercise can stretch those resources by leaps and bounds but no one possesses infinite physical and mental energy. When that energy runs out day after day after day, we experience the dreaded BO: burn out.

Burn out is as real and significant a phenomenon as laziness , and it is potentially worse. But there are ways to safeguard yourself:

1. Consider your priorities.

As I said earlier, we are creatures of limited resources, capable of accomplishing a lot, but not everything we may wish. So know what is important to you and what you can put on hold when times get tough.

2. Practice mindfulness.

Know yourself and know what you are capable of, but also know your limits. Do a regular self-check and notice the signs of fatigue.

3. Take care of yourself.

This is probably the most impactful tip there is. You can drive a car for tens of thousands of miles, as long as you keep the oil fresh and the tires aired up. A good diet and exercise are like routine maintenance for your body and your mind and will help keep you strong when times get tough.

We are capable of great things, but men (or women) of steel are the work of comic books for a reason. Know what’s important to you, keep an eye out for wear and tear, and change your oil every 5,000 miles and you’ll get a lot farther than pushing.

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