XO NM

Feeling Burnt Out Before You Even Start

Feeling Burnt Out Before You Even Start

As usual, life has caught up to me and I’ve neglected my personal posts. These kinds of posts are my favorite to write, and always the hardest.

For the past 2-3 months, I’ve felt so burnt out. I’ve been working less, but feeling more and more burnt out as the days pass. Taking a break from writing on here is the one thing I’ve tried to avoid yet it’s the first thing I do. How twisted?

It’s really hard to focus when my brain is always cluttered with 100 ideas at a time. My brain becomes fried before I even get to tackle 1 thing on my list.

I sat in my car crying last month because I was just so tired; I realized my normal day-to-day situation was just not working for me. Nothing was getting done. Blog posts weren’t being written. My to-do lists were hardly checked off. What was I doing with my days? I can’t even tell you.

Looking at the long-term picture without realizing all the steps it was going to take me to get there was the problem. It still is the problem sometimes. As a creative, I’ve had to learn how to reel it in. You can’t save the world in a day. Not that my career is of that kind of importance, but you get what I’m trying to say.

Instead of feeling burnt out with all of the ideas I want to execute in my head, I’ve learned how to break it down. You can’t go from walking to running a marathon overnight. That’s not how it works.

Setting reachable and easy (well, easier) goals for the near future is key. Want to write a book? Start with setting a deadline for one chapter. Rather than putting the pressure on yourself to finish writing the book at x date, if you go chapter by chapter, you’ll have the book done in no time and with a lot less weighing on you. 

I’ve implemented the chapter writing theory versus the book writing one, and it’s made all the difference. It works. 

What do you do to not feel so burnt out? Let ya girl know!

xo NM

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