“Feel the burn!” If you hear this when you are working out, it is a good thing.
However, I have been feeling a different kind of burn lately. I’ve been:
- Burning the candle at both ends.
- Getting burned out.
I realized that I am about to crash and burn … and that’s not good.
Over the last six months, my life has gone through many ups and downs. Most recently, I shifted my copywriting business to an off-hours endeavor and started a 9-to-5 job (well 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) – mostly for financial security.
I chose a job outside of my field because I didn’t want to use all of my creative juices during the day and have nothing left for my own clients.
The good news: I’m not using all of my creativity during the day.
The bad news: I’m still burning myself out.
My new job has a rather long learning curve (which drives me crazy), and I’m still trying to hone my productivity so I can continue to meet my clients’ needs in the shortened amount of time that I have.
Of course, all of the pending projects that I had are now suddenly active.
Trying to survive a crazy schedule
On most weekdays, I leave my apartment by 8am (sometimes having done some work on my laptop before leaving); go to my day job; leave a little after 5 p.m.; drive to my office (maybe grab something to eat); and work for several more hours – many times until midnight or later.
I am trying to find balance, but right now that includes scheduling a social outing some nights … then coming home to work on my laptop. In the month that I have had my new job, I have come directly home from my day job maybe one time.
The other day I was preparing for a meeting with a prospective client, and I realized that I was going to crash and burn. By adding to my already overloaded workload, I was doing a disservice to my clients and myself. It was difficult, but I had to make the decision that I cannot take on new clients at this time.
My focus right now is taking care of the projects I already have and making sure my long-term clients are happy. And, I need to make sure I set up some real self-care foundations so I can overcome the overwhelm monster.
Are you setting boundaries?
You may not be working two jobs (or you might be), but most likely there are areas in your life where you are becoming a bit overwhelmed.
Are you taking on too many projects at work?
Do you have trouble saying “no” professionally and/or personally and take on more than you can handle?
Are you working from home while you try to run the household?
I have already made the decision to not take new clients at this time, but I also have another goal for my schedule. I want to feel the burn again – in a good way. I am going to carve out a spot in my schedule for exercise. It makes me feel better and helps me focus.
Determine what is holding you back and find a way to change it. Even minor changes can make a big difference! Take some time this week to examine your life and find a place to make a positive change.