I have this annoying habit of putting an ungodly number of commitments on my plate and then leaving everything until the last minute, so it’ll probably come as no surprise that I’ve managed to burn myself out more times than I’d like to count! But this year, I’ve finally gotten on top of it and I want to share how I’ve done it.
If you’ve ever read a blog post on how to stop burnout, you were likely greeted with a long list of self-care tips – get enough sleep, don’t overextend yourself, take regular breaks, make sure you’ve got work-life balance (whatever that even means). So I thought I’d do something a little different and share the mindset tips that helped me stop burnout. I hope you find this helpful!
You don’t work better under pressure
Before I realized I was a perfectionist and that 99% of my procrastination was caused by my fear of judgement and not being good enough, I believed that I needed to do everything at the last minute because I worked better under pressure.
The truth was, I was just scared that I’d try my hardest and it still wouldn’t be good enough. I left everything to the last minute so that I could point to that as the reason for any failure, rather than my lack of intelligence or skill.
I operated like this all throughout my seven year uni career and was none the wiser! It’s only been in the last year that I’ve realized that telling myself I work better under pressure is the sneakiest justification for procrastination there is. If you tell yourself you perform best when you leave everything until the last minute, start to call it out for the excuse that it is!...