So often now days we hear about the hustle. Everyone is hustling. Day jobs, side gigs, passion projects and oh yeah trying to maintain a healthy family life. Rarely do people hop on social media 20 times a day and talk about the burnout. No one wants to promote fatigue, illness and symptoms of depression on their Snapchat story.
Burnout is a type of psychological stress. Occupational burnout or job burnout is characterized by exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm and motivation, feelings of ineffectiveness, and also may have the dimension of frustration or cynicism, and as a result reduced efficacy within the workplace.
I’m not here to say that you shouldn’t hustle. That’s ultimately your call. I do not, however, feel that the hustle should be the focus. The old adage, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey” doesn’t seem to apply here. I think we need to focus on our outcomes and develop high quality, effective and processes that get us there in the most efficient manner possible – without the hustle! I feel like if we focus on the hustle, the burnout is inevitable.
I’m not about the burnout. I can do without it. It can sneak up on you when everything is going great and you are at your best. I have so many ideas about a wide range of projects that I’d like to undertake in my business. These are all positive and fun projects that will no doubt move my business forward. But by hustling to get them all accomplished, I get frustrated, overwhelmed and lose interest – aka burnt out.
Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place.
The good news is burnout is avoidable. If you feel like you are already there, steps can be taken to reverse burnout as well. According to Helpguide.org, there are three strategies that you can employ to reverse burnout:
- Slow down
- Get support
- Reevaluate your goals and priorities
While the easiest way to reverse burnout in your job, may be to change your job (or your career altogether), this may not be an option for everyone. In these cases, it may be helpful to:
- Actively address problems
- Clarify your job description
- Ask for new duties
- Take time off
Be careful. With all the hype about “the hustle,” it may be easy to be fooled into thinking that’s what is most important. I would argue that staying healthy, focusing on priorities and avoiding burnout are all more important than the hustle. But that’s just me. Now back to watching your GaryVee.