Ways to Recover from Burnout (No Sugar-coated Tips Included)

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Health & Fitness / August 7, 2013

Entrepreneur Burn Out

Young, spirited, and dynamic – these are the common traits of any young executive today. However, despite the plethora of energy-inspiring things that young executives face and experience on a daily basis, profession burnout keeps on lurking at every corner and angle. The mantra of many young executives is “make your passion your profession” in an aim to beat burnout from the get-go. However, even the most passionate business executive can still suffer from burnout from time to time.

Some would be quick to say that young executives do not experience burnout as they are seen as the movers and shakers in today’s industry, they are spirited, they are dynamic, and they have full years ahead of them. However, in reality, it is quite the contrary. Young executives are just like any person who experiences burnout, fatigue, and restlessness.

Signs that you are inside the burnout zone

Psychologists contend that there are sure signs of job burnout, and these include the following:

  • You are having difficulty finding motivation to work
  • You do not feel like going to your workplace
  • You have a shorter temperament for your employees and colleagues
  • You feel disengaged from your work
  • You feel that you lost your passion for work-related tasks and activities

Steps to recover from burnout– sans the sugar-coated advices

If you ask someone for an advice on how to shrug off burnout, he or she will likely give you umbrella advice or a macro-management approach. Although this advice is helpful, it may cloud the specific steps you can take  to get back to your passionate self. If you want to regain your passion for your work, you may want to give these simple steps a try:

Divide and conquer

Many young entrepreneurs are guilty of not separating their business with either personal or social life, and one of the best ways to combat burnout is to divide your professional and personal time, and conquer your daily tasks and activities seamlessly. It is like having an on-off switch; when you’re doing business, do business, but if you are at home, avoid doing anything related to work. Some suggest to follow the rule of ‘three eights’ or to divide your day into three parts – eight hours for work, eight hours for socialization, hobby, or interest, and eight hours for rest.


Only handle it once. Simple adjustments in your daily routine can spell big changes in the way you look at your business and career. By using O.H.I.O. approach, you can do all the things you need to accomplish in a breeze. If you need to respond to an email, do it then and there. According to proponents of this approach, responding to emails later will take three times longer than it should be as you have to find and reread that email. This small change in your daily routine can help you find your motivation back since it helps you become more productive.

Reboot yourself

Reinventing yourself with a new hobby is one of the most effective ways to combat burnout. Since burnout is mainly caused by failure to gain motivation, you can cure it with something new and crazy hobby that you could look forward to. Finding a new hobby or starting a project will give you an extra reason to wake up each morning with excitement and delight. This could cause a domino effect, and at the receiving end is your motivation. Enjoying a new hobby or going on a vacation can catapult you out of the realm of boredom, helping you kick burnout away.

John Rodgers is a senior writer and contributor for www.carloancalculator.org, a car loan payment website. The website is easy to use and can save you money by determining different loan terms or down payments. 

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About The Author

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on Under30CEO.com, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.