Some days you just don’t have it in you.

You’re tired and can’t find the motivation. The extreme ups and downs have taken their toll. You’re burnt out.

But you need to push through and keep going.

What To Do When You’re Burnt Out?

Being burnt out sucks. The only thing worse, though, is staying burnt out.

One option is to take a break. Step away from your work – figuratively or even literally – and let your mind and body recoup. This is great for severe cases, such as after wrapping up a huge project.

However sometimes it’s just another Monday, lacking the excitement from a few days ago the prior week. And if you took a break every time this happened you’d be working just as often as you weren’t.

So the next time your week starts off slow here are some tips to help you get through the funk:

  • Stick to what you know, what you’re most comfortable with, so you can book an easy win
  • Get back to your routine so you can build positive habits and familiarity
  • Avoid highly creative tasks that can be mentally exhausting
  • Instead, look for busy work that helps keep the ball rolling while your mind recoups
  • I also find reading to be a great activity when I’m burnt out
  • …and of course, an extra cup of coffee never hurts 🙂

After a long three-day weekend like this past one it’s common for Tuesday to feel a bit dreary.

If you find yourself feeling unproductive today try some of these tips to stay productive while your mind rests, so that you’ll (hopefully) soon be back at 100%.

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 10.48.50 PMMobility Live Atlanta 2014 prep is in full swing.

If you missed the inaugural event in 2013 you can expect 1,000+ attendees packing three different venues in midtown for two days of mobile tech  strategies, innovations and standards.

Helping out with the Future Forward track we’re narrowing down a list of possible topic ideas that are “beyond the horizon” in mobility. This means we’re looking at mobility trends that are only now emerging and poised to be major market forces 5+ years from now.

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How can you provide high quality support without being too expensive or disproportionately time consuming compared to the other parts of your small business? As a reminder, new startups have millions of things to do and support rarely warrants more than 5-10% of a founder’s focus.

Brian Cervino supports 4,000,000 users at Trello by himself. Wow – now that’s not just link bait but a fricking impressive number.

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Here’s the baffling thing. His toolset includes Help Docs, Email Support, In-App Support and Google Analytics. For the most part these are basic tools and processes. No insult intended, it’s just that I’m guessing any startup that’s gone through their first firestorm knows about most of these.

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Email has it pretty bad. Who doesn’t love to hate on email?

On Friday Fred Wilson joined in with a Fun Friday conversation about why we hate email.

I was talking with an old friend yesterday about how much we all hate email. So I thought we could spend friday at AVC collectively hating on email.

freds-avatarAVC is a must follow daily blog and I agree with 99% of Fred’s posts. But I’m just not convinced here – is email really the problem??

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