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It's that time again. Yesterday and today I have done virtually nothing to promote the forward projection of my business. I've gone to the gym extra, meditated, and trolled the internetz trying to find my focus again but it's not there. Saturday and Sunday I took a break to work on a side project where I could learn a few things, another tell tale sign of one of my burnouts. I slept 11 hours last night for no particular reason and began contemplating life's deeper meaning with the lights off in the shower. If you offered me a million dollars to start a WordPress blog for you, I'd probably fail right now.

I still have no idea what I do to get out of my burnouts, but it sometimes takes as long as a week. I googled for it and I'm already doing everything that was on the list written by a blogger who's probably just as clueless as I am but is attempting to sound like an expert.

What are your burnouts and how do you deal with them?
 

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I've gone to the gym extra, meditated, and trolled the internetz

Sometimes you just need a recharge. Take a day off, go to the beach, hike in the forest, absorb all that nature has to offer. No internet. No phone. No business. Just you, your thoughts, and nature. When you come back, you might reclaim your energy and perspective.
 

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Dude, I have been in a super slump for almost 3 weeks and am JUST NOW pulling out of it today. 3 crises over the course of 7 days f*cked me up big time. Prior to it I was working 14+ hour days for about 2 months straight with no breaks.

Best advice I can give you is wait it out and when you do catch your stride blast off like a f*cking rocket again.

Edit: Immediately after posting this I did a search and found this. http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/qf/burnout_qt/3stages.pdf

Makes perfect since in retrospect, the stress buildup from the past two months had me teetering and the crises didn't just break the camel's back, they smashed it.
 

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Take some time out for yourself. Buy GTA V if you need to, exit the real world and go to Los Santos for a while..
 

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For me, it's just a refocus. Or my alarm blaring in the morning. Or someone saying it's hump day (all parts of my fastlane motivation). I also enjoy a good hike up around the trees, since I live in a desert and in a city. Changes of scenery help.
 

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Sometimes you just need a recharge. Take a day off, go to the beach, hike in the forest, absorb all that nature has to offer. No internet. No phone. No business. Just you, your thoughts, and nature. When you come back, you might reclaim your energy and perspective.

We did that for our August burnout. Hiked 5 miles into the woods to sleep under the stars, temperature dropped to below freezing, shiverred all night clinging to life, walked back without water... Most productive / thankful week of my entire life haha. That's definitely an extreme but I suggest everyone try it once haha.


Ungodly said:
Makes perfect since in retrospect, the stress buildup from the past two months had me teetering and the crises didn't just break the camel's back, they smashed it.
I do that to myself every few months.


I think I managed to get out of it alive... already been pretty productive today. In addition to the gym, meditation, and down time, I cleaned my apartment up, fixed some long pending physical projects, drove a ways to meet up with my mom for dinner, and played some pool at a good dive bar. I feel rejuvenated!
 

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Take some time out for yourself. Buy GTA V if you need to, exit the real world and go to Los Santos for a while..

LOOOL

I lIke that one :)
 

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It reminds me of Training...

Every 4-8 weeks its know that that bodybuilders or people who strength train
use "deload" Weeks.

In the deload week you cut back a shit ton of volume and intensity, for a whole week.

The following week you should see more strength gains and focus.

Try this with life ?
 

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Burnouts happen, especially when you're pushing so hard. It's why most people fail in the fastlane. They try to put on afterburners for years and it just can't work. You have to take a break.

Speaking from personal experience. When I was working on my business and it was just myself and my partner I worked non-stop for 3 years. The only breaks I took were federal holidays because everything was closed. I worked any day I could. July 4th, I was making deals with people because that's when I knew they were home, Christmas eve I was out working and talking to people because I knew that most people shut down for the week of Christmas-New Years. I worked my a$$ off. And I burned out eventually. I had to take some time off. The first vacation I took was a little over 3 years with my honeymoon, even then I still had to stay in touch with the office just an hour or so a day. Which my wonderful wife understands and appreciates how hard I work.

After reading and listening to people much smarter than myself I've discovered a great balance that you might be interested in. If you're working non-stop then take a vacation once every 6 months. Nothing that cleans out your bank account, but just something you want to do for a week. Read while you're gone, re-invigorate yourself and your mind. Then get back to it. The bigger your business grows the better vacation it can be.

Right now one of my on-going goals is every six months have at least $10,000-$20,000 set aside so my wife and I can go where ever we want and do what we please without a budget on the vacation. On days that I feel a little sluggish, I look at my goal card and see the date for it, look at my other goals, and get my a$$ back to work.

Another thing I've found particularly helpful is every week on Friday night I take my me time. Part of my personality is needing some alone time to recharge. So after date-night and she goes to bed. I stay up and do what I want for 4-6 hours. Xbox, reading, surfing the web, whatever. It helps tremendously for filing away the week, looking into new ideas, and getting started again.
 

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This is an email I sent to one of my lists this morning. Maybe it's of help?


Subject: This kind of boxing is like a punch in your unhappiness

I like time boxing.

You put your time criteria into each week's box. 5 hours, 10, whatever your commitment is.

Then you do what you can within that box.

And you make time spent in the box as focused, efficient and productive as possible.

What falls outside that box gets noted.

At least once a week spend time reflecting.

On business. On games. On life.

That reflective "work" gets us our best insights, ideas, course corrections and improvements for the box (and the whole ship, to mix metaphors).

The key is to keep your Gamer Lifestyle in the box.

If it leaks out, you lose the creative tension you've built to work smarter. Other areas of your life start to suffer. Stress creeps in.

Stay in the box and keep improving so the time you devote to your Gamer Lifestyle is massively productive.
 

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It's that time again. Yesterday and today I have done virtually nothing to promote the forward projection of my business. and began contemplating life's deeper meaning with the lights off in the shower. I googled for it and I'm already doing everything that was on the list written by a blogger who's probably just as clueless as I am but is attempting to sound like an expert.

What are your burnouts and how do you deal with them?

Well, I don't bite the hook buried in the bait. Meaning, the way out is not articles, not investor funds, not life's meaning (many have succeeded without it), not working ONE more day.

It is about gaining your smarts back. Its about taking back authority in your process and stopping "doing what you are told".
When you can't do it by force, do it by protest. I often "stake it out", which means staring the monster in the face until he gives me the opportunity to walk out. When he does give me that opportunity I walk off and don't think on it further.

Sometimes the hardest part is that you just gotta stand there.
Don't trivialise it, your body is exploring worse case scenarios (which is your instinct working for you), it will stop, but make sure it doesn't "take" your self respect.

When it gets really hard, all you will have is yourself to look to, make that image inspire you.

Tip: the moments that matter least to others are where YOUR actions have the most long lasting impact
 

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It is about gaining your smarts back. Its about taking back authority in your process and stopping "doing what you are told".
When you can't do it by force, do it by protest. I often "stake it out", which means staring the monster in the face until he gives me the opportunity to walk out. When he does give me that opportunity I walk off and don't think on it further.

Sometimes the hardest part is that you just gotta stand there.
Don't trivialise it, your body is exploring worse case scenarios (which is your instinct working for you), it will stop, but make sure it doesn't "take" your self respect.

When it gets really hard, all you will have is yourself to look to, make that image inspire you.

Man I wish it was that simple for me haha. Those are the things I do everyday to push forward, any little sense of doubt gets thrown away in a split second.

I have 3 deceivingly trivial components to complete for my company and then I'm done, off to focus full time on sales and building the business. I was able to get half of one of these components done yesterday until I had to leave in the middle of my thought process, frustrating! If I'm burnt out, it's literally impossible to get things done.

Here's an example:
One of the components is the internal payment system on the accounting website for my business. There's the create payment, view payments, and edit payment pages. Each page has roughly 15 code files with a lot of structure, logic, and variables. In order to code it correctly, you have to be able to literally, and I mean literally hold 1000 concepts in your head at a single time. There's a simple form my customers fill out to start an ad campaign that's deceivingly easy, but behind the scenes it's the sum of nearly 40 separate file interactions, asynchronous calls, and potentially 50 database tables. o.0 You can try and compartmentalize each one of the tasks within smaller and smaller, but the big picture must always be within your minds grasp.

There's a rule in programming that no one should ever create a function with more than 7 parameters, because 7 is the limit of the number of variables a person can keep in their head at one time. The only way I've been able to break that limit to the insane level I've needed to is through daily meditation combined with epic caffeine intake haha.
 

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I like to think of this like walking from Los Angeles to San Francisco (entrepreneurial process), at some point you will become exhausted, tired and unmotivated and without any sort of feedback. What would you do? Probably stop and rest, sit under a tree, contemplate nature, go for a dip in a river. Then afterwards you will motivated to get moving again.

Go out and get into touch with nature, literally. Relax in it, contemplate it, observe it, explore it, try to notice new things etc. This is exactly what the pioneers did when they walked across America. They stopped, relaxed, observed, contemplated then got going again.

Get this: Most innovations and inventions were inspired or copied from nature! Velcro is a famous example.

When I was in a depression I found out that trying to copy how our ancestors lived was very therapeutic to life stress and Depression. I got into a strict routine of exercise, dieting, and nature bonding. Because at the end of the day our brain is the same brain our ancestors had our brain is old.
 

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2 years ago I burned myself out. Here is what I did.

I went to the casino for 2 days. Sat down at a baccarat table (where I usually win) and lost a shit load of money. Lost so much money that I ended up motivating myself back to the way I was before I burned myself out.

This took all of about 60 minutes. I however, stayed at the casino for a little long because I thought that I would win it all back.....

I haven't been burned out since. But then again, if I were coding like you (or trying to) then I probably would be burned out every day. CSS makes my head spin sometimes.

Not suggesting that you do that at all though. Like everyone else says, go eat an apple under a tree or something. It should do it.
 

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Here's an example:
One of the components is the internal payment system on the accounting website for my business. There's the create payment, view payments, and edit payment pages. Each page has roughly 15 code files with a lot of structure, logic, and variables. In order to code it correctly, you have to be able to literally, and I mean literally hold 1000 concepts in your head at a single time. There's a simple form my customers fill out to start an ad campaign that's deceivingly easy, but behind the scenes it's the sum of nearly 40 separate file interactions, asynchronous calls, and potentially 50 database tables. o.0 You can try and compartmentalize each one of the tasks within smaller and smaller, but the big picture must always be within your minds grasp.

There's a rule in programming that no one should ever create a function with more than 7 parameters, because 7 is the limit of the number of variables a person can keep in their head at one time. The only way I've been able to break that limit to the insane level I've needed to is through daily meditation combined with epic caffeine intake haha.

Have you ever tried systems design techniques?
 

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This was our last nature walk:
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johnp said:
2 years ago I burned myself out. Here is what I did.

I went to the casino for 2 days. Sat down at a baccarat table (where I usually win) and lost a shit load of money. Lost so much money that I ended up motivating myself back to the way I was before I burned myself out.

This took all of about 60 minutes. I however, stayed at the casino for a little long because I thought that I would win it all back.....

DANG dude! tough lessons! I finally chugged through one of the three things I had to do... and looking back I have zero idea why everything hooks up the way it does haha, but it works. It's not that it's sloppily coded, there's just so much information packed into so little space that it's hard to comprehend all of it at once. I have a little secret for doing this I might share on the Insiders if people are interested...
 

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