questionswhat do you do when you find yourself burnt out?

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I try to figure out why I feel that way.

Then I find someone that really needs me to do something for them (such as someone much older that needs some repair done to their home), do it, and I ALWAYS feel better afterwards.

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I usually blame it on the Change of Seasons and call this one "The End of Summer Blahs". I try not to be too hard on myself about it. I think it's my body's internal way of telling me to slow down, take a little break. I roll with it. It always passes.

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Change one thing. Sometimes even the smallest change can have a ripple effect. It more often then not surprises me in the direction it takes me.

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First, give yourself permission not to complete what you'd hoped you'd get done. Feeling guilty or annoyed with yourself is seldom a positive motivator.

Second, try to figure out what kept you from completing, say, four of the seven you'd hoped to do? Other things simply more interesting? Courses just plain boring? Something else going on in your life that makes sitting down and concentrating difficult?

Third, reset your goal. Complete two courses, and find a third and fourth meaningful task that you would rather do. Thirty hours of volunteer time at a charity or other organization that you respect? Old enough to take a "senior" driving refresher course and save on your car insurance? Help an adult learn to read? (check this, then see if your community has a Learn to Read program. http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=1265 ).

The trick for many folks is just to find something that sounds new and fresh: give your mind a recess on the playground!

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You oughta remind yourself why you're doing this. Remember your original motivation. I see some of my old classmates and how they're doing in their professional lives because they worked hard to get to where they are. I see that and I want it too so I just remind myself when I don't feel like studying. Also, if you look at everything at once, you're gonna overwhelm yourself. Take it one step at a time. I find that if you just force yourself to start on one thing, it's a lot easier to keep going. GLHF :D

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@wafflesmcgee: The "take it one step at a time" advice is terrific. Looking at a large project can be totally over-whelming. I was trained on the swiss cheese method of completing a large task: pick a piece of it, get it done; pick another piece, get it done. Eventually the big task looks like a piece of swiss cheese, and then it's gone.

Hokey, but it works for me.

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Play 'Light My Fire' by The Doors.