3. Gamify your career.
The third option to consider is to gamify your career. You likely have a competitive nature that comes out when you play games with friends or strive to outdo others in social settings. Making a game out of your career success engages these same primal instincts and can bring more meaning to your work. Forget setting goals because they likely haven’t worked to motivate you in the past. Instead, form a scoring system for your career. Just like in sports where the points are a clear sign of performance, create a method to measure how well you are completing milestones that matter to you. Maybe you measure your success by the number of times your merit is recognized. Maybe you score a few points each time you land a new client or take your email inbox below 200. You know, small victories, right?
Whether you’re playing kickball or monopoly, these games have clear objectives that you’re seeking to achieve and clear rewards for your efforts. Build strategy into your career as if it were a game you desired to win, and be sure to have fun by awarding yourself for your success.
When you’re fully immersed in winning the game, you’ll forget all about that burned-out reality you used to feel stuck in.
Take Action: Gamify your career by developing a scoring system for your efforts, and identifying clear goals that you’re seeking to achieve within the ‘game.’ Be sure to also set meaningful rewards for yourself (maybe a new iPhone or a much-needed spa day!) to motivate your progress.
4. Developing A Habit of Continual Learning
The fourth way that you can combat feeling burned out is by slowing down to read books, listen to podcasts, and journal. Studies continually show that lifelong learning leads to personal fulfillment and can combat the burned out feeling that many individuals face.   
It seems like life is always too busy to make time for slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life, right? Now that it’s getting to be wintertime, snuggle up with a blanket and a good book. Try to find something on the usefulness spectrum between 50 Shades of Grey and a boring lecture on leadership. Try to identify a topic in which you’re looking to grow professionally and see which books or podcasts are most highly rated on that topic. If you’re seeking a promotion, what’s a skill that you need to develop to boost your chances of getting the new role? If you’re looking to change careers in a new direction, start with a skill that you likely need to make stronger for the new position. With podcasts booming faster than ever, there are likely engaging and relevant shows that will be both entertaining and informative.
While reading or listening, take notes on paper of ideas that you can apply in your own life. Going through the motions of personal growth doesn’t have to be dull and boring. If there’s something that you know you should be getting better at, carving out one evening instead of binge-watching television shows can lead to a fulfilling feeling when you lay your head to bed.
Take Action: In this day-and-age where technology is creating change faster than ever, if you're not moving forward, you're falling behind. A reason many folks feel burned out in their careers is that their lives feel stagnant and aren’t moving forward. Make time to continually reinvent yourself to re-initiate the feeling of personal advancement.