On The Brink Of Burnout

On The Brink Of Burnout

A Constant Grind

I am obsessed. Obsessed with the fact that I am not where I want to be, yet. This realization slowly eats me away because I work tirelessly day in and day out but I am still so far away from my ambitious life goals.
It’s true, I am one of those people so driven that I am willing to live off of 4-5 hours of sleep every night in an attempt to get ahead. But honestly, I can’t do it anymore. I am on the brink of burnout and I am just holding on (figuratively and literally). I seriously need to take a break because if I don’t stop this madness I am going to hit the wall.

The Plateau of Productivity

Have you ever experienced burnout from constant work and no rest? Trust me, I have been there before and I can tell you it’s not fun. It is both mentally and physically exhausting and recovering from mental burnout always takes a toll on your productivity. So basically, all of those additional hours of hard work that led you to the state of burnout will be meaningless if you have to spend the same amount of time recovering.
So I am taking it upon myself to focus all of my energy in the foreseeable future on practicing patience. I need to practice patience in regards to achieving my goals, understanding the importance of rest and managing my schedule. Honestly, it isn’t a matter of being “realistic” but when an obsession becomes too great and unhealthy, the negative habits that you developed along the way will start to catch up to you. Slowly but surely a negative habit like sleep deprivation will plateau your productivity and performance. So even though you were once a productivity juggernaut you will eventually reach a cul de sac forcing you to take an abrupt stop and rest.

Patience and Consistency

When it comes to practicing patience, I enjoy watching videos by Gary Vaynerchuk to remind myself about the power of patience. He always preaches that patience is one of the keys to success and it takes years of consistent hard work to produce exponential results. So if you are trying to practice patience in your life too, watch “The one word that built my success” by Gary Vaynerchuk.

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  1. Honestly, I feel you there on the burnout factor myself I have been exhausted lately and never feeling like you are getting to reach your goals is emotionally draining. I have been working on finding the balance of not doing it all and learning to set boundaries and smaller more attainable goals. Good luck with accomplishing your goals.

    1. Thanks for the comment and insight Amanda! I feel getting burnt out is a common thing amongst people trying to accomplish ambitious goals. Personally, I really need to try to set personal boundaries for myself especially in regards to sleep and health!

      Goodluck on your journey!

    1. Thanks for the comment Kay! Since you are a lawyer that has experienced burnout before, what is one piece advice you would give to someone trying to prevent burnout?


  2. This post really hits home. Today’s world is so hectic and stressful, so it’s more important than ever to find balance between work and play. We all need to set aside time to do something for the sheer enjoyment and relaxation of it.

    1. Thanks for the comment Cait! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed reading this blog post. Honestly, you hit the nail on the head because finding hobbies or relaxing tasks are crucial to recovering and avoiding burnout!

      Any other advice to people trying to avoid burnout?

      Goodluck on your journey!

  3. I can totally relate to this. Whenever I am on the brink of burning myself out, I take a step back from everything and do something that makes me happy. Plus I always remember to get a good nights sleep. I always feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle my ever so many challenges ahead.

    1. Thanks for the comment Catherine! I am happy to hear you enjoyed this post. That is some good advice which I should definitely follow in regards to getting a good nights sleep. Personally, I regularly stay up late to work on side projects but the exhaustion is starting to catch up to me!

      Good luck on your journey!

  4. I feel this on a near spiritual level. I have to spend time to take breaks or my work wont be as passionate or even worth reading. Once I’m refreshed, I’m ready to take on tasks again with energy.

    1. Thanks for the comment Emily! I honestly never thought of rest and relaxation as a spiritual process but I guess it can be for some people. Personally, I can totally relate that when I take a break my work is always better when I come back! So note to self, take more breaks to produce better work.

      Keep on going after your goals!

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Bradley Thompson is a very Canadian lifestyle blogger, digital marketer and growth hacker from Toronto who is passionate about inspiring people through his blog and vlog. Although he lives a busy life he is dedicated to personal growth, developing his expertise and growing his blog, "Living the Canadian dream"!