Guest post written by Scott Simson, Author, Entrepreneur and Success Coach
I remember vividly the last time I felt burnt out at work and in life. It was about five years ago when I was living in Idaho. I was sitting in my insurance office trying to have a productive day, and my mind slipped, as it commonly did, to the future. I remember pondering spending the next 40 years doing something that did not make me happy just so I could hope to be able to provide for my family and put my kids through school.
After three years of unhappiness I thought to myself, “There has to be more than this. I have to be able to make a bigger impact. There has to be a way that I can provide for my family and do something that interests me.” I am sure that a lot of you reading this can relate.
The wheels were turning, and the desire was strong. My small family and I were ready for, praying for and looking for change.
If You Look, You Will Find.
The solution came a few weeks later in the form of a job opportunity in Texas. It was a completely random offer to come and run an orthodontic lab. The change was needed, so we agreed and within weeks had sold most of our possessions, packed the rest into a small U-Haul and made the 1600 mile trek to Dallas.
To make a long story short, we buried ourselves in this business for the first year and ended up multiplying our income projections. As a result we were able to pay off debt and launch into our true passion, personal development.
Now here we are 5 years down the road with two books under our belt, a business and personal success coaching business and freedom.
Obviously my story is my own and you may or may not be able to relate to every aspect, but the common ground that we walk is that we both can relate to the feeling of burnout and having a desire to change.
So, I wanted to take the time to not only share my story, but to also share with you some of the things that I have learned about burnout and how to deal with it.
Here are 8 smart ways to avoid burn out.
I know that this may be a moot point for those of you who are in the thick of it, but it will apply to you young folks reading this. Don’t settle on a career or life path just because it sounds like it will be good, or because someone else tells you to. Take the time to find an area of interest that you are really interested in, not an area that you just love the sound of, or ‘has good upside potential.’
Consider Making a Career Change
For those of you more seasoned in age, who have been working for a while and are now feeling the burnout, consider making a career change. To prevent added stress, do your research, get your ducks in a row and avoid making hasty emotional decisions.
This is a massive world filled with crazy awesome opportunities. You don’t have to follow the herd. You are allowed to change your mind, just be smart about it.
If you are in IT and are tired of working on computers and networks, check out sales or HR. Maybe on a part time basis to see if it is something you can do and if the opportunity is available. The idea is to keep your job, but change the routine. If the option is there take a look.
We live in an age where a lot of work can be done from home with a phone and a computer. Telecommuting allows workers to work at their own pace, without ‘over the shoulder’ supervision and cut the cost and time associated with commuting. If this is an option with your job, you may want to check it out.
Start a Business
If you are a self starter and have a business idea that you think has upside potential, starting an entrepreneurial venture may be right for you. There is a lot of risk associated with entrepreneurship, but the freedom and happiness that can come from owning a business can be very rewarding. Make sure that you do your homework and have a stable source of income while you are building your venture to prevent added stress and burnout.
Develop Exciting Hobbies
If you are not ready or willing to jump ship and change careers or jump into an entrepreneurial venture, consider finding a hobby to do in your free time or with your family that relieves stress. If you are creative like me, take up wood working, crafting, painting or something else artsy. If you are adventurous, take up exploring. Check out your city and surrounding area, go camping, fishing, hunting, skiing or take up water sports.
If you start to feel burnt out on one, do something else. The opportunities are virtually limitless, and doing something with you family is a great way to strengthen your relationships.
The Dennings know all about this one. See the world, there is an amazing sense of freedom and wonderment that comes with travel. This just might be your cure. Who knows, maybe you will end up like Greg and his family and make a life of living all over the world.
Get Centered Spiritually
Some of the most common causes of burnout come from the ‘what is life all about?’ question. Sometimes all you need is to do is gain a better understanding of what comes after this life. The confidence and knowledge that can come from developing your faith can relieve stress, help you find a purpose in life and give you direction for the future. I would highly recommend this, not only people who are in the middle of a midlife crisis, but everyone in general.
When going through a burnout, the most important thing to remember is to not act irrationally or emotionally, but to acknowledge that these feelings are common for many individuals. The best way to conquer your burnout is to remain calm and rational and be willing to take appropriate action.
Scott is an author, entrepreneur, and success coach. For more articles on personal achievement, entrepreneurship and family success, feel free to visit our blog at www.scottandcamber.com
What else have you don’t to avoid burn out? What are you going to do to prevent it? Please share below.