Don't Burn Out: Advice from the Recovering Workaholic

Hard work is a good thing. It's what drives the business world forward and helps entrepreneurs to succeed. There is, however, such a thing as working too hard. You can only push yourself so far before you burn out. Once you've reached your limits, you'll be faced with the fact that you just can't go any longer. Everything you touch will begin to fall apart and you just won't have the effort to put it back together again. At some point, you will have to admit that enough is enough.

Easing back on the throttle can feel antithetical to many entrepreneurs, but it's a necessity if you want to stay successful over the long term. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid burn out - methods that I learned the hard way.

Remember Why You Work

If you're like most people with a significant work ethic, you're probably a strong believer in goals. You set them, you meet them, and then you try as hard as you can to exceed them. While this is what can drive you to success, it can also drive you crazy. Instead of constantly pushing yourself to exceed goals, try to remember why your goals were important to you in the first place. Learn to be satisfied with what you've accomplished.

Schedule a Real Vacation

You need time off. Real time off - not a working holiday. If you want to recharge your batteries, you need to get as far away from your field as possible. Go camping, go to the beach, go to an amusement park - whatever takes you away from the daily grind. It's impossible for you to remove yourself from your business engagements in order for you to come back reinvigorated.

Switch Gears

You like a challenge, right? Then step away from what you've been doing for the past few years and try something new. One of the biggest causes of burnout is repetition. You need to give yourself a new challenge, one that will use new parts of your brain. Don't just stay with what is safe and successful. Make sure that you always have a side project available to help you change the way you look at your career.

Burnout is a very real problem, so take it seriously. Make sure to focus on your goals, take breaks, and allow yourself the chance to pursue new paths so that you can regain your energy. With a few adjustments, you'll be able to reclaim the spark that made you successful in the first place.