Struggled? 5 Simple ways of avoiding burnout

Most modern success stories read like Greek myth adaptations. Our role models are remarkable demigods such as Oprah, Tony Robbins and Beyoncé— we admire them and study them with awe, aim high and take our own leaps as they lead the way. The hero is the entrepreneur or career rock star, on a journey built from accomplishing half a dozen incredible feats and still fitting before dinner in Pilates. Such achievements are our new currency and our symbols of status.

While we strive to be our happiest and healthiest, financial success is also achieved through long hours and hard work. As we reach our “best life,” we aim to balance work – life and feel bad when we don’t feel we’ve achieved it.

Roughly everyone is spread thin today, which can develop into stress – related burnout and eventually disease if left unchecked. But this way it doesn’t have to be. I found a remarkably easy way to avoid falling into the burnout trap:

1. Don’t be busy with business mistakes.

Look at your workload and use this simple question for each item on your task list: “Will the effects of this task have a positive, lasting impact on my life and business life?” If the answer is no, it probably won’t be worth it.

2. There’s no self – made thing — so get good when you ask for help.

Use this simple formula to send requests to others: identify who can help you, ask them if you can send them a request, make the specific request as long as it takes, and thank them profusely for helping you. Ask them who they think will if they don’t help. Your success is directly commensurate with your ability to seek help.

3. Keep Sunday sacred.

There’s a reason why world religions have a sacred rest day — it’s necessary to maintain emotional well-being and health. The Buddhists have a simple practice called “Circle Day” when, in the middle of the week, they take a full day off and use it to rest, meditate, create art, and care for themselves. And it works; I return to my work with new insight, boosted creativity and a renewed sense of curiosity when I take time to do nothing.

4. Pay attention to your adrenals.

Stress taps our adrenal glands and causes exhaustion in our bodies, and by drinking more caffeine we often cover it up. My energy increased exponentially when I started taking Standard Process Drenamin supplements. You can also take supplements from Holy Basil or drink Holy Basil tea to help the body stop producing cortisol— the stress hormone that ages and exhausts us. I do both now, and my focus, clarity, and ability to achieve great goals has grown beyond anything I ever thought possible.

5. Meditate (so you don’t have to medicate).

Many of the most successful people in the world are doing it. Start by setting your five – minute digital timer. Then sit comfortably and deeply inhale for a five count through your nose and exhale for another five counts. Repeat this again and again until beeping the timer. You can increase as much as you can.

Spreading ourselves thin is a tendency most of us have in our quest to succeed, but it’s not a lifestyle we can’t counterbalance with some simple, healthy habits. So here’s to your balance and your success on your own hero’s journey—and may it be burnout free!

8 Ways to Effectively Prioritize the Things on Your To-Do List

Priorities are important things — I know, you know that. But many of us are guilty of the habit of reacting on — and off — our to – do list to the urgent things, rather than responding to the important ones.

Important activities should be of high priority as they are the things that contribute most to our goals. They have more long-term impact and should help us to achieve our goals as much as possible. Usually, urgent activities are more of a short-term nature and may or may not relate to our overall goals and usually do not make significant contributions. Instead, they make endless demands on our time by pressing us every day.

Between the urgent and the important there is a constant tension. And because today’s important things rarely need to be done — and the urgent thing almost always needs to be done — there is a critical need to learn how to set proper priorities so that our visions, goals, and desires can be better met.

Do not prioritize on the basis of who gave you the work ; fit it for the big picture on the basis of its importance and urgency. Most people don’t take the time to prioritize this time. They are usually reactive, so try to be proactive in a concerted effort.

How much time can you gain by changing your habits — by prioritizing them more effectively? Here are eight tips you can apply to daily tasks:

1. Create lists

Focusing and multitasking help with priority notes and lists.

2. Set your daily planning priorities.

To make room for productive items, eliminate or minimize unproductive to – do items from your daily list.

3. Learn when your high-energy time is.

When you have the most energy gains minutes through more effective work, schedule your priority work.

4. Sort emails early in the day.

And quickly appropriate categorization of each piece — now, future, trash. Because each piece is addressed only once, you’re gaining time all day long.

5. Simplified email request.

Request that people send you priority emails with clear bullet points, not long narratives, to spell out the actions you need. Set the example by sending only effective, bullet – pointed emails.

6. Write down your goals before returning phone calls.

To gain time by communicating more quickly and effectively.

7. Make your reading a priority.

By learning newsletters, articles and books from the skim industry. Then just read what gives you real value.

8. Create and follow a written agenda for each meeting.

By learning newsletters, articles and books from the skim industry. Then just read what gives you real value.

10 Tips to Achieve Anything You Want in Life

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

How committed to your goal are you? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, there will be motivation.

• Here’s how to focus on commitment.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

Focusing on the excitement of discovery, improvement, exploration, and experimentation will always fuel your motivation. If you focus solely on results, your motivation will be like the weather, the minute you hit a storm it will die. Focusing on the journey is the key, not the destination. Continue to think about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

• Here’s how to seek knowledge.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s a great game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it’s going to start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you’re going to lose perspective and get stuck again.

• Here’s how to get rid of stagnating thoughts.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings to determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: those that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or those that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone).

• Here’s how to get rid of stagnating thoughts.

5. Use your imagination.

After getting rid of negative thoughts, the next step is to use your imagination. You are full of positive energy when things go well, and you need to be even more energetic when you are experiencing difficulties. Rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, what feelings will those words evoke? It’s an imagination matter! At the most boring job, you can always find something to learn from even the worst boss in the world. I have a great exercise for you: think and say only positive things for three days. See what’s going on.

• Here’s how to use your imagination.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and results are achieved through action. Your actions sometimes fail to deliver the results you want. So you’d rather be nice to yourself and not be in a difficult situation. You are waiting for the perfect timing, a chance, while you are driving into stagnation and sometimes even depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, even if you’re afraid, do something you want to do.

• Here’s how to stop being nice to yourself.

7. Get rid of distractions.

There will always be meaningless things and distractions in your way, especially those simple, usual things you prefer to do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on the most important thing. Write a list of time-wasters and be responsible for not doing them.

• Here’s how to get rid of distractions.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others, not even your partner, friend or boss, to do it for you. All of them are busy with their own needs. No one is going to make you happy or attain your goals. Everything’s on you.

• Here’s how to not rely on others.

9. Plan.

Know the three steps you have taken. You don’t have to have more. Complete your weekly calendar, and note when and how you are going to do what. It’s important to plan when – what – how. Review how you learned every day and review what you could do to improve.

• Here’s how to plan.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

When you’re very motivated, it’s easy to burn out. Watch to recognize any signs of fatigue and take time to rest. When you schedule relaxation and fun time in your weekly calendar, your body and mind will rest. Do a variety of tasks, keep switching between creative and logical things, physical and still things, working alone and with a team. Places to switch. Meditate, or just breathe deeply, close your eyes, or focus for five minutes on one thing.

• Here’s how to protect yourself from burnout.

Not because you’re lazy or you don’t have a goal, you lack motivation. Sometimes even the biggest stars, the richest entrepreneurs or the most accomplished athletes get lost. The curiosity about how much better or faster they can get is what makes them motivated. So be curious first and foremost, and that will lead you to your goals and success.