Such a good question. I'm not sure there's a one-size-fits-all answer for this.
As a small business owner, I'm aware of the tendency to relax a bit when I've got a lot of work commissioned and then go crazy on new business development when things are quiet.
I know this is not the best approach, though, because really I should be drumming up new business when I'm already busy. As an intermittent nomad, when I'm traveling, I always plan to carve out some time purely for work and some time purely for play. It doesn't always work out as planned, though as it can be really hard to switch off. My workflow fluctuates, so I do try to ensure that I give myself time to relax when I can.
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I make sure that I stop work at some point. On Sundays, I used to do some work in the evenings when I was doing extra projects, but now I don't work on Sundays.
Now, not only do I no longer work on Sundays, but I don't touch the computer because I think it's really important to give the hands and the body a break and rest from the screen.
The phone makes complete disconnection really difficult, but that's one thing. The other thing I do, I take holidays away from London or work somewhere away from the city. I also do that in Spain.
The other thing I do is block a week every two months, where I don't have appointments or podcast recordings so that I really feel like my time is my own. I may also move these things so I can enjoy social interactions and coffee dates.
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I try to eat healthily, drink more water, and balance my sleep.
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When I’m feeling burned out, I like to take a walk with my dog. I go offline for an hour, get some fresh air, and then come back to my work. If I’m working from a coffee shop, I’ll leave and go to another one or just head home.
Changing my scenery helps a lot when I start feeling stir crazy.
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I know I am biased, but I think using a time tracking tool is really helpful. When I am working, I track my time. When I am not working, I don't.
It really helps me to know how much I've already worked in a day, week, month, etc.; if it's Thursday AM and you've already tracked 45 hours that week... uh oh. Having that little bit of friction to have to track time really helps separate things.
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I’ve burnt out before, so I can more readily recognise the signs if and when the flame starts to flicker.
For me, it’s taking a break by getting out in nature every day, exercising, meditating, or practicing gratitude.
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I jog. It helps to clear my mind and keep burnout at bay. My schedule is pretty flexible, so if there are no calls scheduled, you might see me jogging the streets of Lviv in the middle of the day sometimes.
What’s also helping is going for long strolls with my baby son after work and spending time with my family cooking something tasty.
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