How to Prevent End-of-the-Year Burnout

Want to prevent year-end burnout? Take time to stop and smell the coffee.

Want to prevent year-end burnout? Take time to stop and smell the coffee.

Although burnout can occur at any time, many real estate professionals tend to experience it the most toward the end of the year. Think about it: You’ve been going strong—charging hard—all year doing the daily activities that are necessary for your business to thrive. Maybe you put off your annual vacation so that you could close a few more deals. Or, maybe something happened that caused you to veer off track in the pursuit of your goals and you’ve been working hard to get back on track. While your hard work may have resulted in more business, it also may have left you tired and burned out.

When burnout strikes, productivity often drops, which leaves you feeling frustrated. You may begin to work more hours to make up for the drop in productivity. This not only impairs your focus but it also throws you totally off your game. What to get your groove back? Follow these tips:
Take time off: It may seem counterintuitive, but if you want to boost your productivity and prevent burnout, take a break. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a day off, a long weekend or an extended vacation, by stepping away from the business you can refocus your energy and recharge your batteries so that you can be more effective at what you do.

Schedule time for breaks: It’s hard to remember to take a break during the day, especially when you get busy. That’s why you have to schedule it into your day. Referral Maker® real estate CRM can help you schedule your breaks each day. Visit Referral Maker for more information and to start your 30-day free trial.

Reconnect with your ‘why’: When burnout hits, it’s easy to lose sight your ‘why,’ or your reason for doing what you do. Revisit your goals, look at your goal board or read past journal entries to remember your ‘why.’ If you haven’t found your ‘why,’ take some time to sit quietly and think about the reason you work so hard. Is it to create a better life for your family or retire early or send your children or grandchildren to college? Whatever your reason is, use it as motivation to succeed.

Express gratitude: Burnout can turn us into our cantankerous evil twin; you know, the one who gets stuck in the muck of self-pity? When burnout starts to take hold, start listing your blessings. Write down three things for thankful for each day. You’ll send that evil twin packing in no time.

Volunteer: Giving time to your church or a cause you care about may be just what you need to renew your spirit. Studies show that altruism releases feel-good chemicals in the brain, which improve your mood. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the satisfaction of making an impact in your community, and who doesn’t love that?

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