I made it a goal to publish three quality stories a day on Medium, or 60 total for the month. Also, I am spending several hours a day writing content for my new blog. The past three days I figure I’ve spent 12 hours a day writing — and I’m still not counting everything else I have to do.
This schedule is a recipe for burnout.
But I have a secret weapon. When I am feeling down to the last of my energy, I have a few things I do to recharge and restore.
No, it doesn’t involve Whiskey.
If I need a quick break to refresh my mind, I’ll change tabs over to my Facebook groups and visit Medium Mastery. There is a great little feature there where you can post your work and others will read and clap. I like to reciprocate and catch up with my favorite writers and show appreciation. It’s not hard to keep up if you do it a little at a time.
I always try to read at least the ones who take the time to read and comment on other’s links. There are plenty of people who will just dump a link and expect everybody to read it without showing appreciation to anyone else (you know who you are).
Don’t be like them if you visit (you should visit. It’s very uplifting).
I take a walk
Everyone so often, my big ass is so numb from sitting that I have to get up and stretch. Sometimes I just walk around my little house. I talk to my wife (who works from home too), my daughter, the plants, and the dogs.
Other times I will put on my walking shoes and get some fresh air in the neighborhood. I live in a very safe subdivision, so I like to walk around and say hi to the neighbors and the guards.
Although I haven’t been napping as much as I used to, I still like to catch a short nap in between writing marathons. I find that a half-hour to an hour is plenty. If I try to get more in the middle of the day, I get a headache, and that is no good for my productivity.
- A short nap is usually recommended (20–30 minutes) for short-term alertness. This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.
- Your sleep environment can greatly impact your ability to fall asleep. Make sure that you have a restful place to lie down and that the temperature in the room is comfortable. Try to limit the amount of noise heard and the extent of the light filtering in. While some studies have shown that just spending time in bed can be beneficial, it is better to try to catch some zzz’s.
- If you take a nap too late in the day, it might affect your nighttime sleep patterns and make it difficult to fall asleep at your regular bedtime. If you try to take it too early in the day, your body may not be ready for more sleep.
Naps are great to prepare you for the rest of a long day. If I take a nap, sometimes I can work until late at night (I get up at 5 am).
I spend time with my family
One of my favorite things is stopping what I’m doing, jumping in the car, and engaging in something short but fun with my wife and daughter. Most of the time it involves food. Even just closing the laptop, putting away the phone, and spending time talking and laughing is enough to get me motivated to finish my day strong.
With all the hustling I do, it’s hard to make quality time to spend with my wife and daughter. My wife works full-time, and my daughter is in school. I find I have to drop everything often just to let them know that I am thinking about them.
Instead of being a distraction, it helps me get through the day with a smile on my face.
Do what you have to do
Preventing burnout is important because we all know to be successful; we have to play the long game. We need to keep our energy up, and our attention focused on getting done whatever it is we have to do.
I find as I get older that is hard for me to keep my butt in the chair and do what I have to do. The aches and pains are real, and recharging is not only good for my mind but my body as well.
Do what you have to do to stay motivated and in the zone.