I’m writing this because incidentally at least three people confided to me about being burnout at work. We probably know how it feels.
It happens to me, it happens to you, it is a phase and sometimes vicious. That feeling of being burnout or lazy is like a “witch visitor” who would pop out of the blue. Though at times, we feel that it is coming.
Whenever I think how driven I am to finish something, especially when I was younger, I sometimes amaze myself how I did the impossible. It turns out that interest/passion is really the key. And if I notice that my perception is getting out of shape, I always remind myself that I shall revert to the same level of enthusiasm that I had during my first day at work/the project kick off.
Shall I feel that it is coming, I unwind through simple means: eat out, watch picker upper movies, talk to people whom I think would make me feel better without necessarily disclosing the situation, but just to chat about other things, blog (yes, it’s therapeutic), and a lot more. One of the last resorts would be to travel and/or just do anything non-routinary just to break the ice.
On the other hand, shall I find that I have exhausted all the means to be back to my senses/enthusiasm and still it didn’t work, it signals something else. It’s like making the relationship work, eh? There the thin line comes: only you would really feel if you need to take two more steps for the big change.
I tried an additional approach this year. It’s not everyday, but on a journal I write whenever I feel like ranting or whatever I like at the moment. In particular, my last entry was on 6th of August. Wow, it’s been a while. It means I’m so alright. Then I re-read my previous entries and they are now just making me giggle, frown, giggle, and giggle more. It is funny because as of those moments, I wrote on a tone that everything is dead end. That I’m giving up. But because I’m perfectly fine now, so I’d see that I’m just a kid that day. And that’s normal. And after I wrote about my angst, I try to leave it all behind and ALWAYS think that tomorrow is a brand new day.
This list from Zen Habits would also help. Personally, I think these should not be taken in totality. In my case, I find that at least a couple of items are effective enough.
1. Achieve in increments
2. Train your muse.
3. Work less.
4. Define success realistically.
5. Get more sleep.
6. Take it slow(er).
8. Set clear boundaries.
9. When you’re working, focus.
10. Create outlets.
11. Know when to power through it.
12. Never accept defeat.
What about you? How do you stay motivated?