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5 Ways To Stay Productive Without Burnout

If you’re like me, you probably spend most of your time trying to work as hard as possible. But it’s important to remember that there are ways to be productive—and they don’t involve burnout. Here are five tips for staying focused as a working woman, and on task:

Schedule time for yourself to prevent burnout

Schedule time for yourself is a great way to keep your energy levels up and help you focus on what is important to you. You don’t have to make it a big deal—always remember that scheduling this time is something you need to do, even if it doesn’t feel like much of an investment at first.

To get started: Set aside some quiet time each day when no one is around. This could be during lunch or in the evening after work. But whatever works best for your schedule will work here!

Be intentional in creating “me” time. There are many ways that people approach this kind of schedule—some choose mornings as their “me” times; others prefer evenings; while some others still prefer early mornings before they start their day (or even later times). Whatever works best for YOU is up to YOU! Make sure that whatever choice(s) you make aligns with YOUR values and goals so that they’re sustainable over long periods (and not just temporary).

Give your brain time to rest and refocus

When you’re stuck in a rut, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the work. But what if you could do something else instead? If your brain isn’t used to resting and refocusing, it will be harder for you to get back into creative mode.

To help your brain rest and recharge:

  • Take a break from working on that project or piece of writing. Get up and walk around; take some time away from your computer screen! If possible, try taking some of these breaks during different parts of the day so that it doesn’t feel like forced breaks (and therefore less effectivsavvynuggets | friends pizza e). This can also help prevent burnout because it gives each person an opportunity for recovery before starting another project or writing session.
  • Do something fun with friends—even if only once every few weeks! Try playing games together over a lunch break or hanging out at someone’s house after work hours—make sure there isn’t any pressure involved since this isn’t meant as an obligation; enjoy being social with others who enjoy doing things together as well…and maybe even eat pizza.

Complete one task at a time

  • Focus on one task at a time.
  • Set a timer to focus on the task.
  • Don’t multitask or check your phone or email—you’ll be more productive and won’t burn out!

Prioritize self-care

Self-care is important. It can’t be stressed enough, but it’s something that we all need to prioritize in our lives.

Self-care is not selfish or lazy; it’s quite the opposite! Self-care isn’t something you have to do just because you feel like it—you shouldn’t even think about self-care if there isn’t any benefit to doing so (like making your productivity go up).

A great way to practice self-care is by taking care of yourself physically: go for a walk, take an afternoon nap, or give yourself a massage. These are all great ways to relax and recharge after working all day. But if physical activity isn’t ideal for you right now (or ever), then don’t worry—there are plenty more ways! Here are some examples:

  • Take baths instead of showers during the weekdays when possible; this will help keep the skin moisturized and clean without putting too much strain on your body during busy schedules.
  • Get pedicures once every two weeks at the minimum before starting another project so they won’t get dirty as quickly; this also prevents foot fungus/odor issues that could irritate over time which leads back into more stressors…not cool!

Take brief mental breaks throughout the day

Take brief mental breaks throughout the day as a way to stay productive without burnout. Here are more ideas:

  • Take a walk (or run) around your office.
  • Get some fresh air outside—take a walk, run, or climb stairs instead of sitting at your desk all day long!
  • Nap in between meetings or while working late at night if you need it.
  • Change your perspective about situations that you can’t immediately and give yourself a mental picture that is less negative.

You’ll be more successful when you take care of yourself, and I’ve got some ideas on how to do that

The most important thing to remember when you’re working on something is that it’s okay to take breaks. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, give yourself permission to step away from the computer and do something else for a few minutes. Or if your eyes are burning from staring at the screen, turn off your monitor and look out the window instead of at an endless sea of white text on black background.

If you can’t stop working—or if there’s no way for you to stop—it’s okay! Don’t feel bad doing what makes sense for YOU now. Make sure that whatever method works best for YOU will allow time for activities like sitting quietly or reading a book. So that when the time comes again for you to get up and go to work… you will feel refreshed and ready to go.


If you’re new to the world of work, it can be a challenge to stay productive. I know how it feels when you have so much on your plate and no time to do it all. You can check out my post on 3 Ways To Organize Your Mind and Prevent Overwhelm

However, some great tools make managing your time a breeze. And adopting these five tips will help you avoid burnout. It will guide you on how to take care of yourself and get things done!

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