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Dealing with Burnout? 7 Ways I use to Beak the Burnout Blues

One of my favorite gurus Keith Baxter just posted about how he as a uberjillionaire deals with burnout. If you have some issues dealing with burnout you should check it out. It’s got some good tips.

I wanted to add my own so I did

But first, one of the things I enjoyed about Keith’s post is you’d think that gurus have vastly more money, experience, teams and tools would somehow find themselves on easy street. So far in my meeting and hanging out I’ve discovered that everybody has burnout, they are human too. For good or bad, as income scales, the rewards and problems scale too!

Coping with burnout, and when possible kicking it out the door, IMHO far more important than age, ability, raw resources, raw talent to success. Especially if you have teams, or families, it’s not just you who your actions affect, and getting your dreams can be a royal pain in the butt at times. It pays to know how to relight that pilot light.

Here are 7 ways in no particular order that I use.

1) Stay Clear

Spend as long as you need in the morning getting stuff out of your head and onto paper and or voice recorder. Go no holds barred, In LA at least if on a walk people assume you are talking to your talent agent. Seriously most mornings I can fill about 2 pages in near microscopic print, interconnected as to all the dependencies, boxes for tasks. After everything is out I start numbering priorities, start with your top 3 and ignore the rest on your list until you get those done.

A clean mind is a canvas for productivity, and you can’t see your task list, let alone accomplish them if you can’t see past the army of bees and objections to doing them buzzing around you head, eating your brain. Strangely once you clear out the junk, motivation and a plan of action is MUCH easier to find.

There are some variations on diagramming kinda like mindmapping I’ll share in future posts.

2) Play Hooky

Practice Dropping out, even Give up. You find counter intuitively the world hasn’t ended, you really haven’t lost that much, if you blow off an afternoon for personal sanity by going to a matinee, your favorite restaurant (solo even) and a nazi zombie killing spree with beer and a pal. It actually doesn’t take more than a couple dollars and an couple hours to often get some perspective on a vexing problem.

Walks and naps are also good shorter hooky methods.

3) Become your Favorite Rockstar

Lipsynch Youtube. This is not something you want when you have kids with videocameras, but find one of your favorite artists/singers on youtube with a song you absolutely gets you going, and then improvise if you were them. Some ideas: Pick a favorite air guitar solo, dance James Brown boogie, some rock star belting out their lungs. You don’t actually have to have any of the real abilities, but the key is you have to feel like you are the one actually performing. Headphones and locked doors help here. Stand up out of your chair and get yourself some room, after all you are a rockstar right?

The rules are simple:

  1. You have to pick ONE energizing song that you love
  2. You cannot stop listening to one or more of these songs until you gets you going
  3. like aspirin you have to take it however often as needed.

Here’s one of the songs I use that’s great and perfect themed too.

4) Cut out the Crap

This is hard because you are probably addicted to it, and the more crap you have the less you get done, the more you burnout. E.g. you are checking your email every 30 seconds, might need to start unplugging literally, nothing is really that much of a priority.

e.g. I have a spare laptop with almost nothing on it,even better if the internet is disabled, I put only the files I need and 2 music albums, and head out to a cafe with paid wireless (as I can’t justify buying it) or preferrably no wireless and don’t leave until I get what I need done. I leave the cell phone at home too as I don’t trust myself. If you are competitive, you want to make it even more exciting, leave the charger at home or in the car, and make it a race to see if you can get it done before the battery charge wears out (of course save often). The act of having a unmoveable deadline like the battery wearing at least helps give me focus on the important.

5) Quarantine your list related email into one box and check *weekly*

This is a biggie, social media is just as addictive as crack.

In Internet Marketing It’s way easy to get into the perpetual cycle where one launch excitement covers up the fact you haven’t finished the last course you bought, and if you do it often enough all the courses you bought last year are probably out of date and being relaunched again. Get off the treadmill. With Yahoo Mail this is easy, just setup disposable addresses and then route them to a folder named whatever you want. Only check it once a week. That way you rid yourself of the internet launch addicition. You’ll find that anything worth buying is still around, and more honestly you probably didn’t miss if you missed it.

If your are serious about success, write down all the discussion lists you belong to. Unsubscribe from them for a month, knowing that you can always get back on them due to that list. Odds are you won’t miss them. In Discussion lists if you REALLY have to, route it to a box and check it weekly. You’ll find you skim more and better prioritize what you truly need to respond.

Same goes for Facebook time. Fun as it is, Facebook will never send you a paycheck unless you are advertising on it. Spend your time wisely then you could potentially spend the rest of playing on it, but hopefully you will have other more fun things to do.

6) Gain Consciousness

Gaining consciousness of unconsciousness activities, helps you manage what limited time you have before burnout better. Most people find that they really only have about 2-4 hours of really productive time so it’s important to make the best use of it, and generally try to get it done before noon and lunch comas hit.

At the start of the day when first waking up (like before you brush your teeth) list the if the day were ideal the 5 things you would accomplish by the end of the day to make it a “perfect day”, imagine for a second how pleased you might be.

Carry around an egg timer, or if you have a smart phone get an alarm app. Write down the goal of what you want to achieve in that 3 minutes, and then set the timer. Once done, review what you did, take another off your list, then start another cycle. After 4 of these cycles take a break. 3 minutes seems short but for me I find that if I’m not clear on what I can achieve by then I’m usually vague on what I’m generally trying to achieve and wasting time chasing too many rabbits down to many rabbit holes at once.

7) Delegate!, Delegate! Delegate!

Cause there is nothing more fun that getting someone or something else to do your work 🙂

It can take any form, automation, outsourcing, insourcing, crowdsourcing, etc. Just as it’s not you.

Seriously, in the day where hiring a new contractor can sometimes take minutes, it pays to be proactive on getting rid of tasks, even if you enjoy doing them. I like to think of it as the hot potato game, if every task that hits me is a searing hot potato, how quickly can I get it to someone else qualified to do the work. I do this with even tasks I enjoy, as the goal is often to get more done in the end and leave time for things you really truly enjoy.

Tasks are deceptive, in that what seems like a small task often grows. For each task ask yourself, if you do that task , is it possible it will need to be done again? when and how often?. If it were done what else would need to be done past that, perhaps testing it? At that point are you working ON growing your business or working IN your business? By adding that task to your list are you adding to the stress in your life or removing it.

Remember good tools and contractors make your life easier!

I’ll have some more tips on outsourcing and automation soon.

So what’s your favorite way to break the burnout blues?

What’s your top question on outsourcing?

I absolutely love outsourcing and automation!

and I think you could benefit too.

As you may not know, I am very skilled in the Delegation arts, however it needs to get done best I do it.

You know the UBB?  outsourced

THe UBB wizard?   completely outsourced

The Frank Kern Prank video?  outsourced (beyond the napkin phase)

Intellinar?  outsourced, so much I even took a month off while they built it.

My team runs the gamut, fulltime,  part time, temps sometimes only doing a few minutes.  The live everywhere, in my same town,  in the US and all over the world.

I have over $50K of my own money in outsourcing in the last 2 years.  Plus way more in working with clients in my development agency. I couldn’t have done any of it without my crack team of contractors. Many who work for $3.75/hr and do work that here in Los Angeles would run $60-$100/hr!.  My full time team is 7, scales to dozens ..quickly and cheaply.. as needed.

What’s more is across hundreds of projects, many clients and .   I have a near 100% perfect  rating on Scriptlance, Elance and Odesk.   Meaning I get it and I’m good at it, and I want to share with you some of the secrets how.

I’ve also had some wonderful failures I’d love to help you avoid.  Which is exactly how I developed the RAPID model to help you

The RAPID Results Framework
The RAPID framwork cycle, Research, Administration, Promotion, Infrastructure, Development

I really want you to get outsourcing (and automation) to work for your business, it’s the only way you can compete.

I also want you to get the answers to outsourcing without spending $2k on training. wouldn’t you rather have that working for you generating profit?

So what’s your top question on outsourcing?

Comment below and  I’ll answer it in video over the upcoming weeks on exactly how I and my team do it.

Tony Robbins interviews Frank Kern and John Reese

This video interview between Frank Kern and John Reese has been floating around twitter lately, it’s good stuff. and popular:  282 Comments at the time I viewed it. You do need to opt-in to watch it, and I don’t make anything off the opt-in, so if necessary setup a disposable email address and watch it, it’s worthwhile.

John Reese, NOT sitting on Tony Robbins lap...nor Frank Kerns
John Reese (paraphrased), "My $1Million dollar day, totally beats your $440Million day Tony"

Several Remarkable things happened on the video.

  • Frank Kern and John Reese are mostly quiet for once 🙂
  • John Reese gets to sit on Tony Robbins lap, well the offer was at least made.
  • Showdown between John $1Million day vs Tony’s $400Million day.

Frank and John open with the important question,

why do most people fail?

This is like asking why average is so…average.  But it’s a fair question, given that most people eventually learn to walk, to read and basic math. Why is it that people will buy every Internet Marketing product out there, yet not get any results.   Why aren’t there more success stories?

Tony replies: Why is it 70% of people who are diagnosed with lung cancer still continue to smoke? or people disgusted with themselves being overweight reach for the chocolate cake.

Why is it that it takes complete failure before many people discover the right mindset to make it? while people surrounded by tons of resources, surrounded by the right books, the right time, the right people don’t do achieve what it is they desire?

My Take

I’ve been studying this for awhile, interested like the average reasons why people fail to help avoid that as much as possible when I teach as well as to avoid the pitfalls myself (challenging!)

  • We live in a remarkable age, and that is part of the problem. Escapism, pleasure or at least complacency is ubiquitous and cheap.   Why work when the evening news or a great movie is on?  Why save/wait when the credit card isn’t maxed out.        I’m no different, like this eve instead of working on the billion things that would make more sense to do, I overslept and watched Harry Potter in the 2nd run theater. It was fun, at least more than imagining a gun to my head as John and Frank suggest as a motivational tool. It’s not the right path, but it’s a easy seductive path.
  • Change is impossible,  not quite true but any rapid change tends to bounce right back.  There is a built in momentum in our lives.   The invisible habit fence that surrounds our comfort zone. This is why if you want to change you have to break the daily routine.  Like going on a trip, cutting out things (e.g. no internet, TV, cell for a week). Try it, it’s amazing.
  • Attention is the most precious substance in the universe. It’s just not very prioritized well, there are so many things that FEEL important that just aren’t when given space.  This is why batching things is so critical,  only then is the trivial many is given perspective when standing next important few. Try batching your time today like only checking twitter once and email 2 times a day.

There are darker reasons to why people fail online.

  • Most gurus know a lot, but … not how to teach. Frank in his videos even admits he doesn’t know what he’s doing consciously most the time, which makes it hard to follow.
  • Most courses aren’t replicateable. For a variety of reasons.  I know as I have a hard time learning, things must make sense or I just won’t do them.   Some are simple, the instructions are filled with holes, it’s not possible to do them.   Other times the info has changed, what worked yesterday doesn’t.  If chapter 1 didn’t work it’s hard to justify getting into chapter 3. At the far end, some of the work is too advanced. Kern is a marketing genius, and has a lifetime of experience and routines, every guru I’ve met is a collection of almost superhuman daily habits, that are impossible to follow more than a few steps.
  • The material is beyond reach .  In a fantasy world anybody who is 5′ can be an olympian basketball champion, in reality we all have different strengths that don’t always match with what’s required.   Might be we don’t have the emotional chops to empathize with the audience to connect with them. Might be not having the prowess to either manage or build on the internet.  People will still try driving with these blindspots.
  • The IM industry is filled with bullshit .  Filled with hype, false promises, and people will fall for it at first. It’s almost necessary, as IM products in order to sell crank up the pitch as he who shouts louder seems to win. Anyway when a product fails to live up the hype, people drop the product, but rarely ask for a refund in.  It could be that the product has 2-3 amazing tidbits but if people can’t get past the dissapointment of the hype it doesn’t matter.
  • Overload. Starting from ground zero, there is at least a 3-6 month road to walk daily in order to master just the basics, in addition to actually getting things done.  I know despite making time for it i haven’t finished courses I bought 3 months ago! and now the gurus have already relaunched them with updates…it never seems to end, so it’s impossible if you’re trying to master everything to get started.
  • Most courses aren’t replicatible. I know as I have a hard time learning, things must make sense or I just won’t do them.
Tony Robbins caught an idea THIS big
Tony Robbins caught Frank Kern telling a story THIS big

The Steps to make it

You really you should watch the video to find this out. I simply can’t do it justice in words the passion Tony pours into the message.   Here are some of the first ones mentioned:

  • Why it is important but it has to be why you are doing it, and that will depend greatly on where you are presently at. From desparation at Rock bottom to desire to change the world of multi millionaire, everybody has their own reasons for taking the next step. Why is it important for you to do it right now?
  • Daily ritual and Peak state practice: getting one into a peak state is critical, rather than relying upon the few ounces willpower. Getting that peak state is the momentum of a bowling ball, knocking down whatever in your way…to the point you don’t even notice hitting them. It’s a skill that must be practiced. Like I have a sound track and youtube playlist that ‘gets my mojo going’, it’s the same 3 songs, but I never grow tired of them.
  • Raising standards, Tony talks about how happy he was with his castle until he hung out with a billionaire and used that for comparison. How might you raise your standards?
  • Immersion. hanging out with hungry and positive people (seriously how I get my latest product going so quickly…if no other reasons than peer pressure!).

If you enjoyed this you should check out The 5 Guiding Stars to a Dramatically Better Life.

Use these 5 Guiding Stars to get a Vastly Better Quality of Life

If you want to get anything done, you need to have an idea of where you’re going, and a continued push to get there.  In the stormy seas of life …it’s very easy to get off track.

Before GPS, ships would bravely cross the seas, risking all in search of new lands, exotic treasures, and new lives.   With rocking boats, moving seas as far as the eye could see, through massive storms and bad winds taking them off course, the unreachable stars were often the only thing that stood still to keep them on course.   It’s amazing to think, armed with simple tools and those guiding stars, they crossed the world, and many eventually made it…. else we wouldn’t be here today.

Just like back in those days, in our modern life and especially in entrepreneurial endeavors we need guiding lights to help make key and often difficult decisions across all areas of life:

  • Should I take that new high paying job, go into consulting, or go back to school?
  • Should I get married or move on?
  • Should I enter a new niche or not?
  • Should I focus on cash or community?

Guiding stars are a perfect complement to the beliefs that we can do it, having the resources to do it, and the luck of a good wind.

Here are the 5 major Guiding stars:

  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • How Much

They may seem obvious or silly, but I’ll show you how I’ve used them to provide clarity on tough choices. But before that, let’s go over them in a bit more detail:

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