How to Get Stuff Done Without Burning Out

You love your job and want to be successful—those are great accomplishments on their own, but having those factors in check doesn’t mean your career path will be free of bumps along the way. Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon to push yourself so hard and fill your to-do lists so full that you become stressed and overwhelmed and you eventually burn out. 

Did you know that it is possible to get stuff done without burning out? It might be hard to believe but it’s true. Here are a few ideas that will help. 

Unplug Every Single Day

Unplugging from technology can be difficult, but it is necessary. Each time you receive a notification, you may rush to your phone. Your screens can take time away from strengthening relationships and simply relaxing. There are also many benefits to unplugging from technology including improved quality of sleep, increased productivity levels, and having a more focused mind. Each day, make it a goal to turn off all of your notifications and unplug for some time. A great time might be the first thing in the morning or after dinner each night. 

Take Care of Yourself

It is important to remember that your career is not your entire life. You must do things that bring you joy outside of your employment. You must do things that help to clear your mind, give you a purpose, and make you smile. For example, spend time each day on yourself. Participate in a hobby that you love and exercise often. Eat well. Taking care of yourself will give you the energy you need to be productive. It will give your brain a boost and help you feel great. 


One important time-management skill is to learn how to properly prioritize your daily tasks. When you prioritize, you choose three to five tasks that you must accomplish that day. These might be tasks of high importance, with a looming deadline, to help you prepare for upcoming projects, etc. By prioritizing these tasks, you focus on them first and work hard to get them done. If nothing else is accomplished during your day, that’s okay because you got the most important stuff out of the way. That means, you can still go home feeling successful. 

Know When You Need a Break

Nobody knows your body better than you. This means that only you know when you are reaching a breaking point. You must be the person who determines when you need to take a break to recharge and re-energize. If you are struggling to get the motivation you need to accomplish your tasks or you are reaching your breaking point, take a break. Go on a vacation and get away from the stress at work or just take a few days off to relax at home. Even a short 20-minute power nap can give you that much-needed boost to get you through an afternoon slump. 

When you are burned out and lack the motivation to accomplish your work, you are not productive, happy, or useful. With our community of powerful female leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs here at Diary of an Entrepreneur, we can help motivate and support one another. We have a large collection of resources to help you become the best version of yourself and a powerful leader. We will help you build your business. Come check us out today to learn more. 

Don’t forget to check out our FREE workbook on how to heal yourself from business burnout.

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Ines Ruiz is the founder and CEO of Diary of an Entrepreneur, ELEInternacional, and the award-winning Medita Spanish, the world’s first guided meditation and language app. She has two Masters Degrees in e-learning and education and was a professor at Cambridge University, where she created one of the first online learning environments for the Spanish department.

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