Bracing For Burnout
By Amber De La Garza
Too often, real estate professionals have a harder time foreseeing burnout lurking around the corner than they do housing recessions. Are you one of them? Do you often feel tired, overworked, overwhelmed, stressed, and lacking in energy but think you’re immune to burnout? Think again! Being a go-getter dedicated to finishing each task, achieving every sales goal, and growing your real estate business doesn’t make you invincible. It makes you susceptible. If you keep trekking along toward your goals, sometimes sputtering, often on fumes, without taking an occasional timeout, burnout is inevitable. Maybe not this week. Maybe not next month. But you will burn out and it won’t be pretty, so brace yourself.
Burnout shows its ugly face in different situations and is caused by numerous factors, many of which are in your control. Most real estate professionals fail to see it coming though, and that is the real problem. We continue burning a candle at both ends of the stick for the sake of hitting a goal until we’ve exhausted ourselves to the point of a breakdown. Don’t let burnout be an unwelcome surprise in your life.
Here Are 3 Ways You Can Ward Off Burnout:
- Take daily breaks. Pushing through to the point of exhaustion is never a smart thing to do. Breaks allow you to refuel, relax, and reenergize. They also enable you to return to your work with renewed refocused so you can work on your important tasks with utmost efficiency.
- Take regular days off. Because you own your business, there’s no chance of punching out and walking away from your work with a clear head until you punch in again. Your business goes with you because a large part of it is always rattling around in your head. All those ideas, and projects, and tasks that you can’t wait to tackle. That can be a dangerous thing because you could always be on, always thinking about your business, and never giving your brain the rest it needs. Take regular fun days or relaxation days or mental health days. Whatever you call them, just take entire days off to spend time with the people and activities you enjoy outside the scope of your work.
- Take regular vacations. Too many entrepreneurs don’t take vacations for fear their business will fall apart in their absence. The problem with that thinking is YOU will fall apart if you fail to practice self-care. At that point, forget about your business. I’m not saying you have to travel to an exotic beach in the Caribbean each year, but you can wrap mini-vacations around weekends and just take a couple of “work” days off here and there. Vacations are vital to your success as they affect your health, your stress level, and your ability to show up in your business and life.
If you do find you’ve worn yourself too thin and stumbled into an unfortunate burnout, taking a personal hiatus may be necessary. Stepping away from your business for a time may not be desirable in the moment but it could enable you to return with renewed focus, evaluate the direction of your business from a fresh point of view, and strategize what next steps to take. It could also minimize the effects and duration of your burnout and help you make a full recovery. Even the rough patches you face in business present an opportunity to grow anew from the roots of the experience and wisdom you gained.
For busy real estate professionals, short periods of burnout may seem inevitable but they can be avoidable. That’s because ultimately, burnout is caused by a lack of self-care. So, think about it. Are you taking care of yourself or just your child/project/goal/business? Are you getting enough sleep? Maintaining positive and supportive relationships? Putting undue pressure on yourself? Working toward more than one goal or idea? Able to settle for less than perfection? Taking needed breaks? When the symptoms of an oncoming burnout start surfacing, take a proactive approach. Disconnect for an hour, a day, or even a week. Tap out. Rejuvenate with a massage, a girls’ night out, or a weekend getaway. Take time to consider what’s not working and strive to change. Purposefully refresh, then recalibrate. You can avoid burnout by recognizing its causes and altering your habits to not make the same missteps. And if you do stumble into a burnout, strive to ensure it’s just a page, not a whole chapter in your life, and embrace it as the growing opportunity it can be.
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About the Contributor
Amber De La Garza is The Productivity Specialist! Amber is a sought-after coach, trainer, speaker, writer, host of the Productivity Straight Talk podcast, and creator of S.T.O.P.! The Entrepreneur’s Success Solution. She helps driven real estate professionals execute actionable solutions to maximize profits, reduce stress, and make time for what matters most!