Last on the BURNOUT acronym series is the letter T, and that’s for time. 

 One of the biggest challenges that many people face is they say that they don’t have enough time. Last time I checked, everyone gets the same amount of time every day. It’s how we choose to spend our time. The key is really to know how you choose to spend your time.  

Too often we say we don’t have time to do this or this or that. We don’t have time to make our own food. That’s why we ordered fast food. We don’t have time to exercise, although we’ll spend six hours on our iPhones or Android devices or five hours watching Netflix. I’m not asking you to work out for five hours or go to the gym for that long, carve out 15, 20 minutes. If you’re not going to the gym at all, literally carve out five minutes. Go to the gym. Go in there for five minutes and then leave. I guarantee you will feel weird leaving after 5 minutes. You’re going to ask yourself why am I leaving? I might as well stay a little bit longer. 

I’m a big fan of energy. I’m a big fan of matching your workloads to your energy. I have resources on how to track how your energy and your workloads, so they can match up better. I tend to be a morning person, so I tend to have my mornings scheduled with tasks, and in the afternoons scheduled follow-ups and other things. Sometimes it bleeds over and I have to do tasks in the afternoon or follow-ups in the morning. If you can somehow structure your days to be a little bit more consistent, your body will get into a rhythm. And we’ve already talked about rhythm how routines will help you use your time better. 

I think that’s what we really want to see here, is to help you get back to spending our time the way that we want to, so we feel that we’re in a little bit more control than we were before. 

As I’ve said throughout this series, it’s important for you to be able to address your burnout. If any of these posts resonate with you, and you feel you are burned out, reach out to me. Let’s work together to get you past burnout once and for all.

 Be well!


  • Michael Levitt

    Chief Burnout Officer

    Breakfast Leadership, Inc.

    Michael Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of Breakfast Leadership, Inc,, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout prevention firm. He is a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, and is one of the world's leading authorities in burnout recovery and prevention.  He is also a Fortune 500 consultant, #1 bestselling author, and host of the Breakfast Leadership Show, a top 200 podcast on iTunes. He is a 2x Top 20 Global Thought Leader on Culture with Thinkers360. He is a former Healthcare executive, CIO, and CFO overseeing $ 2 Billion budgets, so he’s seen and done it all.
    His main keynotes are:
    1. Burnout Prevention: How To Avoid Your Own Year of Worst-Case Scenarios 2. Workplace Culture: Create A Workplace That People Will Beg To Work With 3. Working Remotely With Boundaries: How To Accomplish More At Home, Without Burning Out