Experiencing Motivational Fatigue? How to Deal with Business Burnout


What you don’t often hear about many success stories is the daily grind that went into achieving it. Behind every success story is the boring ritual of showing up every day and getting the stuff that needs doing done. Your ability to keep showing up and checking off those to-do’s more or less determines your success.

Perhaps the reason you rarely hear about it is that it’s not the exciting entrepreneurial drama that makes for good news. People would rather hear about the big risk takers who gambled and won. The truth is that most successes aren’t the result of dazzling drama, but the result of years of consistent hard work.

So what happens when you hit the wall? When you get tired of the daily doing? When you begin to dread your daily routine of getting things done? When you just don’t want to get out of bed and go to your desk AGAIN? What happens when motivational fatigue sets in? What then?

The reality is it happens to every entrepreneur at one time or another, either as the result of taking on too much or just doing the same thing day in, day out year after year. You start feeling burnt out and come Monday morning, you have a severe case of the I-don’t-wannas.

How to Deal with Burnout and Get Back to Getting Things Done

#1: Acknowledge the Feelings – Don’t turn feeling burnt out into a reason to beat yourself up and stink deeper. Simply acknowledge the feeling and accept it for what it is and move on. If anything, take the opportunity to look behind the feeling and see if there’s any way to get rid of the duties that are dragging you down.

#2: Seek Support – Talk to a colleague, ask for additional help in your business or at home until you feel caught up. Often motivational fatigue is the result of feeling overwhelmed, a sign that you are trying to take on too much. Consider scaling back to a reasonable level until you can handle more or hire help.

#3: Find Your Energy Button – Tackle the tasks that boost your energy and make you feel like you can do anything! Often we fall into the habit of doing the daily drudgery, which can quickly start to feel like a chore. Think about why you started this business to begin with and find ways to reconnect with that feeling.

#4: Protect Your Downtime – Don’t let your work spill into your personal time. Spending time with your family and living your life is the best way to break out of burnout. Consider your own self-care to be mandatory! That means turning off the devices during downtime!

#5: Use Metrics as Motivation – Track and measure results on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Not only will this help you focus on doing the right things in your business, but it will serve as that extra bit of motivation when you really don’t feel up to the task.

Thank you to the follower who inspired this post! Know that we all hit the wall sometime and the most important thing is get back to getting things done!



About Author

Carla Young, momeomagazine.com Publisher If there’s living proof that women can have it all – and then some – it’s Carla Young. Building her multiple businesses on a virtual work-at-home model, Carla is an inspiration to other mothers who want to start a lifestyle business. During her early days as a mom entrepreneur, Carla made every single mistake in the book (and a few new ones for good measure). Realizing that “doing it all” was unhealthy and unsustainable, Carla started by getting organized to the extreme, developing support systems for both her work and family. After other mothers started asking how they too could enjoy her lifestyle, Carla launched momeomagazine.com to support moms at work, at home and at play (because every mommy deserves a little me-time)!


  1. Great advise! I would like to respectfully add something to the self care aspect. Exercise! I have personally found that (esp. when working from home) that I put off exercise because it seems like it will detract from my work. However, on the days like you describe, a brisk walk with my dogs does wonders for getting me back on track. In the end I get more work done than if I’d stayed at my desk trying to muddle my way through.

  2. Small biz cafe on

    So well timed, as I am feeling the burnout in spades right now. This too shall pass:)

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