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What to Do When You're Feeling Burned Out

Practical strategies for product managers to overcome burnout and reclaim their energy.

Burnout is a badge of honor in tech circles. Wear it proudly enough, and you might even get a medal. But let's be real: burnout is the silent killer of creativity and productivity. If you're feeling like your mental fuel tank is running on fumes, it's time to take action.

Recognize the Signs

First things first, acknowledge that you're burned out. It's not just being tired after a long week. It's chronic fatigue, cynicism, and feeling ineffective. Ignoring these signs is like ignoring a check engine light—you might keep going, but not for long.

Prioritize Ruthlessly

Start by cutting the fat from your task list. Not everything is a priority. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to categorize tasks by urgency and importance. Delegate or eliminate anything that doesn't fall into the "urgent and important" category.

Leverage AI to Your Advantage

AI isn't just a buzzword; it's your new best friend. Tools like Eververse can help automate routine tasks, giving you more time to focus on strategic initiatives. Let AI handle the grunt work so you can reclaim your brainpower for the big picture.

Reclaim Your Roadmap

Revisit your product roadmap. Are your goals still aligned with your vision? It's easy to get lost in the weeds of day-to-day tasks. Realign your roadmap with your core objectives and cut out the noise. This clarity will help you focus on what truly matters.

Seek Feedback and Iterate

Talk to your team and stakeholders. Honest feedback can provide insights you might have missed. Use tools that facilitate anonymous feedback to get the most genuine responses. Iterate on your approach based on this feedback and make necessary adjustments.

Take Real Breaks

No, scrolling through LinkedIn during lunch doesn’t count. Take real breaks. Go for a walk, meditate, or even take a power nap. Disconnect from work to reconnect with your creativity and energy.

Invest in Self-Care

Your mental health is as important as your product’s health. Engage in activities that rejuvenate you. Whether it's reading, hiking, or binge-watching your favorite show, make time for what you love. Remember, a well-rested mind is more innovative and productive.

Connect with Peers

Join a community of fellow product managers. Share your experiences and learn from theirs. Websites like ProductHunt and Mind the Product offer great platforms to connect and grow. Sometimes, a fresh perspective is all you need to reignite your passion.

Burnout isn't a sign of weakness; it's a sign you're pushing yourself hard. Use these strategies to tackle it head-on and get back to doing what you do best—building amazing products.

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