The Burnout Kickstart Program: Step 3

If you’ve got a busy week and having trouble finding time to complete this program, then you’ll find Step 3 a little easier. It’ll be short, to the point, but keep you moving forward.

First of all, we’re going to reflect upon the exercises from the last step.

In this step, we’re going to be looking at what you’re working towards. You’ll consider what things you hope for in the future, that can keep driving you forwards.


Find a quiet place with your journal, and take your time as you answer these questions.

  • What do you hope for when you’re recovered from burnout?
  • What do you hope for in 1 year? In 2 years? In 5 years? In a decade?
  • What do you most want from life?
  • What big goals do you have?
  • What little goals do you have?
  • What have you always wanted to do?
  • How will your life be different if you’re not burnt-out? What bad things will go? What good things will come?

Dream as big as you like – there are no limits here!

It can be difficult to get started with this if you’re feeling discouraged and defeated about your present. If that’s the case for you, try some of these strategies to get going:

  • Choose a time of day when you tend to be feeling best, and aren’t particularly anxious about something coming up.
  • Try and just start with a couple of sentences. If you can’t think of anything overtly positive, perhaps consider something just neutral. Or begin by thinking about negative current things you want to eliminate, before moving on to brainstorming some positive things that they might be replaced with or that you’d like to enter your life.
  • Create an enjoyable environment to complete this task, perhaps outside, in the sunshine, or with your favourite beverage or snack.
  • Remember that you don’t need to have all the answers, or have something profound to write, or be making a clear plan. This is simply some early brainstorming and imagining of a better future you can hope for. There is no doubt that these ideas will change to some extent as you recover and view your life and future differently.

Don’t forget that you want to building upon each of the new skills and strategies you learn. Let’s take a moment to consider what you can be continuing to incorporate from steps 1 and 2.