HeyOrca’s mission is to help marketers take back their day and fight burnout – as part of our commitment to this mission, we sat down with 27 marketing professional to discuss their tips for recognizing, overcoming, and preventing burnout.

If you’re a marketing professional, it’s very likely that you’ve experienced burnout at some point in your career.

According to a study conducted by Blind, 75% of the 7,000 marketing & communication pros they polled had experienced burnout. 

Blind study shows that 75% of marketers have experiences burnout
According to a study conducted by @TeamBlind, 75% of the 7,000 marketing & communication pros they polled had experienced burnout.  Click To Tweet

This is an alarming stat. Marketers lead the pack in this study over professions like Finance, Sales, and HR.

Most of the Marketers we interviewed had experienced burnout multiple times throughout their careers. A handful dealt with it as a result of the COVID19 Pandemic, and some were experiencing it while responding to our questions.

Through our interviews, we (unsurprisingly) discovered that burnout is especially prevalent in marketing agencies.

Keep reading to see how are panel of 27 marketing pros answered questions about how marketers can avoid, recognize, and fight burnout. 💪

Common Causes of Burnout for Marketers

Top 10 Causes of Burnout According to Marketers

There isn’t a catchall cause for burnout, and the triggers will vary from individual to individual. However, there are some triggers that are more common than others. In order to understand how you can fight burnout, you need to start by diagnosing the root of cause.

Here are some of the most common causes of burnout according to our panel of Marketing experts:

  1. Working on monotonous tasks
  2. Working extreme hours
  3. Anxiety 
  4. Lack of Sleep
  5. Taking on too many responsibilities
  6. COVID19 Pandemic
  7. Working remotely
  8. Hitting a creative wall
  9. Lack of vacations or breaks
  10. Lack of clarity and focus

Keep reading to learn about our panelists’ personal experiences…

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Marketers Respond to “What triggered your burnout?”

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Andy
Crestodina

CMO | Orbit Media

It was the summer of 2010. I was hitting my limit. Our little web design business had grown to around $2M in revenue and 22 employees, with me doing most of the sales and all of the marketing. 

I spent my days, from 8:30am to 6pm on calls with prospects. I spent my nights cranking out proposals.  Weekends I spent writing and content marketing. 

I had no time. I was on a hamster wheel. All of my thinking was short term. With no almost no cash in reserves, I knew that if we had two bad months in a row, someone might lose their job.

The effort was huge, which was exhausting. But lots of people get tired without burning out. They simply recharge and get back to work.

I wasn’t doing that.

I wasn’t doing any of the things that re-energize me. I wasn’t being strategic, thinking long term, measuring my impact, producing high-quality work. It wasn’t the work that burned me out. It was the lack of energizing work. Work I was passionate about.

"It wasn't the work that burned me out. It was the lack of energizing work. Work I was passionate about." Andy Crestodina (@Crestodina) #burnout Click To Tweet
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Ellen Yin

Founder | Cubicle to CEO


I experienced burnout two years into running my business and doing all the tactical as well as visionary work by myself. I realized that by going it alone and wearing all the hats, I was spending all of my time working in my business instead of on it, which isn’t scalable or conducive for long-term growth. 

I knew I was experiencing burnout when client work no longer felt meaningful but rather another item on my never-ending to-do list. I was working extremely long hours and feeling riddled with anxiety, even on weekends..


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Jake Surrey

Head of Digital | Fountain Partnership


The summer of 2019 was my most recent episode of burnout, but I’ve experienced it multiplied times in my career. 

I’d recently founded the agency branch, and was still a one-man-band with some contract support and help from the UK. 

I had a bad conversation with a client and ended up having a pretty solid anxiety attack. Also had several nights with my thoughts racing and unable to get to sleep. 

There were a few causes: working too many hours, drinking too much, lacking sleep due to my 18 month old son. At that point I was managing several clients and doing around 50 – 80 new biz meetings a month.


As was the case for most entrepreneurs, 2020 was challenging for me, and I hit a bit of a rough patch towards the end of the year. 

Before COVID19, business was great and my agency was running on cruise control. I had the capacity and mind space to branch out and take on new projects. 

When the pandemic hit, I was forced to redefine my priorities and focus all of my efforts on keeping the business afloat. Keeping the team on payroll and helping my clients navigate the new reality became my prime concerns, and the pressure was quite high. I tried to take a couple of short breaks but ended up working throughout any time off I had planned. 

The beginning of the pandemic also coincided with big changes in my personal life – I had my first daughter at the peak of Canada’s first lockdown. Becoming a new parent is a tall task by itself, and doing that in the middle of a pandemic added some stress for sure.


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Abby Herman

Director of Strategy | Snap Agency


I have experienced burnout and I don’t think I know one person who hasn’t gone through it, at least in my field. The first time I experienced burnout was right after college when I got a job in advertising. My whole life purpose in the company was to design labels, banners and file resizing, and the hours were brutal. 

I decided I didn’t want to be in advertising anymore so after a few months of crying on my kitchen floor, I quit. I went in on Monday and just turned in my letter. This was a long time ago, I was young and I definitely don’t recommend just quitting your job because of it, but now I have a few strategies in place to avoid it. 

"I have experienced #burnout and I don't think I know one person who hasn’t gone through it, at least in my field." Abby Herman Click To Tweet
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Richard Fendler

Director, Content Partnerships | Caroo


I tend to experience burnout when my personal routine is knocked off course and then it makes it a lot easier to feel the impact of burnout. Working remotely has a ton of benefits but sometimes when you are working in a fast-paced environment, you can begin to feel isolated/siloed — you cannot feed off the energy of a busy office. 

Remote work makes it harder to communicate with people and since you can’t feel the positivity of working with your teammates at the office, you have to take the initiative to know what you need and what steps you can take to deal with the issues you might be experiencing in that moment.

The first fifteen minutes of my day can play a huge role on the course of my day. If something comes up or if I am unable to enter my morning routine, that is a sign to me that I am dealing with some form of burnout.

If you are consistently hitting snooze on your alarm, you are dealing with burnout.

"If you are consistently hitting snooze on your alarm, you are dealing with #burnout." Richard Fendler (@GiveCaroo) Click To Tweet
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Caroline Lee

Marketing Director | CocoSign


When the pandemic first started, many social media posts and messages promulgated the idea to make the best out of your ‘extra time’. There was immense pressure to do something, spend some extra hours working. The fine line between work and play blurred, the number of working hours increased and spent the remaining time consuming dystopian news. The shift to a new work model reduced the physical interactions and stepping out of the home. This is turn fostered burnout.

I felt exhausted and would avoid work-related discussions and forestall the important tasks. Every time I would open the screen, I found myself drained. Physical exhaustion, Lack of creative thoughts and imaginations were other important symptoms that I experienced in burnout.


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Anthony Milia

Founder | Milia Marketing


I experienced burnout after finding my “breaking point”. I always felt that I performed exceptionally well under pressure. However, everyone has a breaking point where “too much” is just too much. I strived to reach the point where it felt like I was drowning in pressure, work, and action items so I can realize where my boundaries, breaking points, and my level of burnout. 

Long laundry lists of tasks are overwhelming and generally distract you from what needs your attention NOW to make progress in your business TOMORROW.


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Catherine Way

Marketing Manager | Prime Plus Mortgages


Early on as a freelancer I was working about 3 projects at one time to try and make ends meet. There was a lot of stress financially and I wasn’t good at setting boundaries in my professional life.

Burnout was just a sheer exhaustion and not having the ability to perform to my full ability.


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Kevin Miller

CEO | Gr0 Digital Marketing


When I’ve experienced burnout in the past, it’s always accompanied with a feeling of stagnation and complacency. As an entrepreneur and small business co-founder, it’s part of my nature to be constantly improving my company and looking for new opportunities for growth. When I felt burnout, however, I lacked that desire for constant improvement, and was more or less fine with things staying exactly the same. 

For me, burnout was mainly caused by overworking and overstressing. Whenever I put too much time, effort and energy into my work and leave room for nothing else, eventually I reach a limit where I can’t go any further.


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John McGhee

Managing Partner | Webconsuls Agency


I experienced burnout for the first time roughly two years ago.

My burnout was the result of becoming stagnant and doing the same tasks over and over.

I knew I was experiencing burnout because the things I enjoyed doing a few months prior became extremely annoying to to me.

"I knew I was experiencing #burnout because the things I enjoyed doing a few months prior became extremely annoying to to me." John McGhee (@Webconsuls) Click To Tweet
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Jill Sandy

Founder| Constant Delights


I experienced it when my workload was piling quickly, and my focus is spread thinly among all the tasks. I was not getting tasks done at the time, and I sense no sight of progress for such a long time that makes me doubt my ability and took away my motivation. 

I no longer feel joy in work… I wake up cursing and head to work only because I need to put food on the table. I feel lethargic, stop going to the gym, and my eating schedule turns upside down. I go to bed late, and wake up more and more tired.


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Noah Kain

Director of Marketing & strategy | Duckpin Digital


I usually experience burnout when I’ve gone too long without a vacation or time to unwind and detach from work for a bit. I think over time our brains get worn out from having to be “on” consistently every day and without a break, the wiring starts to perform at sub-par levels.

When I’m experiencing burnout I usually notice I am less engaged and not as motivated about my work. There is often an increase in procrastination and avoiding getting work done.


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Allan Borch

Growth Hacker & Founder | DotcomDollar


Burnout has become such a popular feature of the lives of marketers that it is easy for us to forget, especially when we face constant levels of stress on a daily basis. But the truth is that chronic stress is not normal, even in a high-pressure job where there is really a lot riding in the balance.

I, myself, have experienced burnout. Being in the marketing business, I have gone through a workload that I can’t seem to meet deadlines for, perceived loss of power, cultural differences in the workplace, and sometimes even differences in people that may cause conflict and misunderstanding.

I also felt burnout when emotional fatigue and fear of failure increase as performance decreases. It can’t satisfy my own expectations anymore either. There are times when I just don’t want to talk, I just wanted to be alone.

"#Burnout has become such a popular feature of the lives of marketers that it is easy for us to forget." Allan Borch (@allan_borch) Click To Tweet
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Melanie Borden

VP of Marketing | Celebrity Motor Cars


During the months of April and May in 2020 during the beginning of the covid pandemic, I was extremely fatigued and sleep-deprived from running my department, my household, as well as running a home/ virtual school for my 2 children.


I knew I was getting burnt out because I was burning the candle at both ends. I was doing everything, Mom, plus employee, plus not sleeping more than 4 hours a night. I was extremely exhausted.


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Harry Niotis

Founder & Editor | Dear Boss I Quit


I’m actually experiencing burnout as I’m writing this. The cause of my burnout is an unmanageable workload that hasn’t allowed me to rest and unwind properly for more than a couple of weeks.

In addition, I’ve been trying to be everything to everyone all around the clock… I’ve been trying to keep all my clients happy by delivering all their projects on time, work on my business, as well as receive training to expand my horizons.

PS: My brain fog and lack of focus are so severe that it took me more than 1 hour to put together this very short paragraph… 

PPS: I’m going to rest now.


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Brett Prentiss

Co-Founder | Instinct Marketing


I’m experiencing burnout right now.

I am the sales leader of my agency and the primary drive of the revenue that comes in. Recently, I decided to launch my first national webinar with a networking organization.

To be successful, I have to make 100’s of phone calls, included with follow-up emails, promo videos, thank you videos, onboarding, and a fresh registration page. Coming from one guy, I will say this; it is not easy. 

Most Common Symptoms of Burnout According to Our Experts

Top 10 Burnout Symptoms According to Marketers

Burnout is one of those things that is often hard to recognize in the moment. You might be too busy or anxious to recognize the symptoms you are experiencing.

Unfortunately, marketers can’t fight burnout without realizing that they are experiencing it. More often than not, the realization comes only after they’ve hit their breaking point.

According to our panelist of Marketing pros, here are some common signs of burning out:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Exhaustion
  3. Depression
  4. Lack of focus
  5. Trouble sleeping
  6. Decreased passion
  7. Lack of motivation
  8. Reduced attention span
  9. Loss of appetite
  10. Reduced performance

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Panelists Answer: “How did you know you were burning out?”

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Stacy Caprio

Founder| Her.CEO


My burnout symptoms are very prominent and easy to recognize.

I become anxious for no apparent reason and feel trapped.

I even get physical symptoms like getting red in the face from my anxiety and experiencing bad stomach pains.

By the end of the day, I feel exhausted from just the anxiety alone.


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Mike Schwarz

CEO | MyZone Media


I’m normally a super energetic person, and have a hard time turning off the energy.  For me, sometimes burnout shows up almost as a mild depression where I suddenly just stop caring about everything. 

I get a little bit numb, and have a real hard time getting motivated to do anything.  

Other times, I know I’m burnt out when everything is frustrating, or upsetting… like my anxiety is through the roof.  It is normal to have both these feelings for short periods (everyone has ups and downs), but I know it is burn-out when it lasts for more than a day or two and often there is no specific trigger.

"I know I'm #burntout when everything is frustrating, or upsetting… like my anxiety is through the roof." Mike Schwarz (@mikeschwarz) Click To Tweet
Dustin Iannotti

Dustin Iannotti

Founder| Artisans on Fire


There have been times where our entire social media team has experienced burnout together.

Each coordinator handles multiple social media accounts that require one social post and a story daily. Occasionally, there will be several posts and stories that they may have to produce and post.

We begin to notice burnout if they’ve hit a creative roadblock, start to fall behind, or have trouble coming up with new copy ideas.

"There have been times where our entire #socialmedia team has experienced #burnout together." @artisansonfire Click To Tweet
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Sean Chaudhary

CEO | AlchemyLeads


My brain was just not operating how it usually should and there was just much going on in my head while, simultaneously, nothing was going on in my head. Everything seemed a blur and I could barely make any decisions when I needed to.

I was exhausted, my brain felt like it was dragging behind me, and it was not a good experience.


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Snow Qu

CEO | Linking News


I knew that I was experiencing burnout when my attention span was no longer the same. It was scattered all over the place. I wasn’t able to do even a single task properly and felt as if my mind would explode.

I had to come up with the out of box ideas for the content to be acceptable for the press release outlets, but my mind was not supporting me in this. My brain felt oversaturated.

"I knew that I was experiencing #burnout when my attention span was no longer the same. It was scattered all over the place." Snow Qu (@SnowQuPR) Click To Tweet
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Dmitris Tsapis

Head of Marketing | PlanM8


I had a really bad burnout a few years ago, so this time I was able to recognize the similar feelings I was having.

At first, I thought I was just tired and under a lot of stress, but the exhaustion didn’t get better as the days went on. I was having the feeling like my mind was growing increasingly cloudy.

Early on I had doubts if this was burnout, but it was clear when I experienced a feeling that I can best describe as my body and mind not willing to cooperate. As if they were saying “I can’t go on like this!”


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Ellen Yin

Founder | Cubicle to CEO


I knew I was experiencing burnout when client work no longer felt meaningful but rather another item on my never-ending to-do list. I was working extremely long hours and feeling riddled with anxiety, even on weekends..

"I knew I was experiencing #burnout when client work no longer felt meaningful." Ellen Yin (@missellenyin) #agencylife Click To Tweet
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Simon Elkjær

CMO | avXperten


Having experienced burnout multiple times throughout my professional career, I can tell when it’s on the horizon. Prolonged periods of stress and demotivation are clear identifiers for me.

There will be times when I don’t look at one project with the same energy anymore and become pessimistic about it entirely.


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Sean Jimenez

CEO| Soulpepper Digital Marketing Agency


What I found to be really interesting about my experience fighting burnout was that a lot of my symptoms were physical

I was constantly tired. My mood was also affected. The frustration, that was a side-effect of pressure generated by circumstances beyond my control, made me a little short at times.

"What I found to be really interesting about my experience fighting #burnout was that a lot of my symptoms were physical" – Sean Jimenez (@wearesoulpepper) Click To Tweet

I couldn’t sleep well, I’d wake up, I’d go to work, sit on my chair and just stare at the screen. 

I wasn’t able to even check email which is the easiest task I can think of – and a dopamine/adrenaline release for me – because I like when people send me mail. It means they were thinking of me.

Well, I couldn’t even do that.


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Jill Sandy

Founder| Constant Delights


I know I’m in the thick of it when I no longer feel joy in work…

I wake up cursing and head to work only because I need to put food on the table.

I feel lethargic, stop going to the gym, and my eating schedule turns upside down.

I go to bed late, and wake up even more tired.


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Harry Niotis

Founder & Editor | Dear Boss I Quit


I’m currently fighting it and I know because I’ve gone through it many times.

I know to look for symptoms like loss of appetite, migraines, physical and mental exhaustion, reduced performance, and inhibited creativity.

Overall, I lack the ability to stay focused and feel a constant and intense brain-fog.

Panelists’ Top 10 Tips for Fighting Burnout

Top 10 Tips for Fighting Burnout According to Marketers

There isn’t one single prescription for fighting burnout. How you overcome it will depend on what symptoms you’re experiencing and the root cause of your problems.

Below you’ll find a list of some of the most common tips our group of marketing experts shared.

  1. Accept that you are experiencing it
  2. Prioritize and focus
  3. Be healthy (eat, sleep, exercise)
  4. Accept that you’re human and delegate tasks
  5. Take a break and unplug
  6. Get outside!
  7. Meditate
  8. Schedule daily breaks into your calendar
  9. Engage in positive affirmations
  10. Be transparent with colleagues, family, and friends

Keep reading to read their detailed tips and discover what burnout solutions could work best for you.

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Marketing Pros Answer “How did you overcome & fight burnout? What tips can you share?”

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Andy
Crestodina

CMO | Orbit Media

Delegation – We hired a CEO. He built a sales team. That team took 20 hours off my plate. This was the best business decision I could have made.

Strategic Focus I now budget time to look at the big picture. My time horizon has expanded. I’m not just focused on my daily schedule and the monthly sales goal. I’m watching the industry. Planning for the long term. Improving processes. Building the business. Reading books.

Sleep, Nutrition and Exercise – I’m not a great sleeper in general, but I’m working on it. And I’m serious about my fitness goals. And I’m married to a woman who cares about nutrition. Combine these and I have more energy. I get up faster if I get knocked down. Resilience!

To fight burnout focus on preventing it. Start by taking a look this chart:

source: 26 Ways to Get Ready for the Rebound

Now think about where you want to be in four years. Next, think about the actions you need to take to get there.

How will you acquire those skills? Those relationships? Can you imagine the path? What do you need to stop doing? Do you have the mindset today that you need to move forward?


A leading cause of burnout is working tirelessly without placing value or importance on what you do. Working endless hours because you feel you have to, grinding because you believe that it’s the right thing to do.

When we fall victim to this mindset, it won’t be long before our motivation evaporates along with our business.

To avoid and fight burnout, remind yourself of your truth. What are you doing this for? Who do you want to serve day in, and day out? The best way to overcome burnout is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Be clear and truthful with yourself about the value you want to give to the world, and you’ll wake up with renewed purpose and drive every single day

"To avoid #burnout, remind yourself of your truth. What are you doing this for? Who do you want to serve day in, and day out?" – Miles Beckler (@milesbeckler) Click To Tweet
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Aaron Haynes

CEO | Loganix


Regular meditation, positive affirmations, a change of pace, and taking small breaks. There’s no one answer that fits all, so you should try everything.

My number one advice is to acknowledge that it’s happening. Don’t stay blind to it.

If you’re experiencing burnout, take a step back, reflect on your life, and get back stronger.


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Caroline Lee

Marketing Director | CocoSign


I believe that burnout is a chronic thing and builds over time. I reflected on what was happening in the past few months, reduced my screen time, cut down dystopian news and incessant scrolling on social media, engaged in a few physical activities and adopted a healthy lifestyle.

I admire the notion of positivity, hustle and productivity, but you can’t focus on any of these if the world inside you is crashing. Burnout is a real issue. As important as it is to stay productive, so is to take breaks and chill the heck out. Take breaks now and then. Lastly remember first it’s you and your mental health, later what the world is smashing at you.


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Jake Surrey

Head of Digital | Fountain Partnership


  1. Know your limits. Pushing your boundaries will bring you growth. Trying to outgrow them too aggressively leaves you stretched thin and less effective in my experience.
  2. Get used to how you work, and take advantage of lulls in your work. When things calm down, make sure you do too.
  3. Avoid productivity porn. Even your heroes farted today. Everyone’s human!
  4. Ask for help soon and clearly
  5. Changing my mindset to realize that as much as love my job, no-one’s going to die if it all goes to hell. I’m pretty employable.

This is how i fight burnout. Hope you find it helpful!

@JakeSurrey (@FountainTeam) on fighting #burnout: "Avoid productivity porn. Even your heroes farted today. Everyone's human!" Click To Tweet
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Richard Fendler

Director, Content Partnerships | Caroo


There are stages to burnout. My personal tank may not always be at 100% but I try to take care of my mental and physical health. If my body or my mind feels I need to take a step back and address something, then I go to my tool box of activities that can help me recognize and fight burnout.

  1. Make a to-do list
  2. Sit down send that one email you have been putting off
  3. Take a walk outside with my dog
  4. Talk to someone on the phone that will make you feel better
  5. Hit the gym
  6. Get into nature/disconnect from technology

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Catherine Way

Marketing Manager | Prime Plus Mortgages


The only way I overcame it was by disconnecting and having a screen free day. 

My family and I went to a park and hiked the whole day and it gave me the time to truly rest and take my mind off work.

To fight burnout you have to unplug – especially in these days and time and set time truly for yourself. 

I have gone and scheduled ‘me time’ into my daily routine, such as a workout, or even using a gratitude journal.


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Allan Borch

Growth Hacker & Founder | DotcomDollar


I think it’s impossible to avoid exhausting yourself at work, especially if you are passionate about your career and give yourself a lot of energy and time.

To avoid burnout, it is necessary to plan to take time off work and do something that recharges you. The following moves help me fight burning out. Hope you’ll be inspired by this, too.

  • Acknowledge that there is burnout
  • Build a “Smile File ” 
  • To make sure you take breaks, use the Pomodoro approach to 
  • Adjust the screen time for things that calm 
  • Try meditation and yoga 
  • When you need it, take some

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Ellen Yin

Founder | Cubicle to CEO


I knew that in order to create a company positioned for growth, I needed to create scalable systems and hire the right team to own and implement those systems. This would free up my team to work on the bigger picture strategies and vision to move us forward, as well as create more innovative solutions to serve our clients and community.

Through investing time into building the backend of our company, I was able to take half the month off in December for the holidays for the first time since starting my business 3 years ago! My company continued to run smoothly thanks to my amazing team. 

Here are some of the lessons I picked up a long the way that help me fight burnout:

  • Never do the same thing twice without writing it down. Create an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) doc for every role in your business, even if you’re the one currently fulfilling all of them. Record every task with either Loom videos or written instructions, so it’s easy to pass the process along to someone and train them quickly when you start to hire.
  • Build short breaks into the day. Schedule yourself an actual lunch and eat away from your computer. Block out 10 minutes for a walk up and down the street and stick to it like you would any other meeting. Some of our best thinking happens in the pause, and self-care doesn’t have to be extravagant or complicated
  • Stop letting your schedule be run by other people’s urgencies. Get really clear on what it is you want to accomplish, and filter every task or meeting that comes your way by asking yourself: Is this thing only important and urgent right now, or does it have long-term significance in my business?

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John McGhee

Managing Partner | Webconsuls Agency


I ended up fighting burnout through education and learning new things about marketing.

I learned how to code, learned new platforms, explored webinars and various conferences I could attend, etc. All this helped tremendously because it broadened the list of tasks I was capable of completing in a day.

I’d recommend that anyone that is experiencing burnout focuses on learning something new. It may seem simple, but the variety it provides is very helpful.


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Simon Elkjær

CMO | axVperten


The minute I recognize symptoms of burnout, I try my best to acknowledge that I am experiencing burnout. I remind myself that, while this is unfortunate, it is still a valid and common experience.

To fight it off, I take a few days off and reacquaint myself with a healthy routine and prioritize my health. This is one of the best ways to regain that positive mindset and be more motivated to work.


Dustin Iannotti

Dustin Iannotti

Founder| Artisans on Fire


Here are my tips for overcoming & fighting burnout:

Lean On Your Support – Sometimes all you need is an outside perspective to help accomplish your goals. At AOF, several social media accounts may be assigned to one person, but each team member is knowledgeable about each brand’s persona. As a team, we are able to assist each other while having an open dialogue about creative struggles.

Take Time To Grow – Taking time out of the workday to step away from daily tasks and focus on individual long-term career goals is crucial to avoiding burnout. Giving your staff the opportunity to choose an interest outside of their current responsibilities and expand their knowledge base will help shift their mindset and bring more excitement to their daily routine.

Disconnect – We emphasize to our employees the importance of utilizing their time off to schedule time for relaxation. Stepping away from social media as a whole is vital for mental health. When you’re repeatedly bogged down with social listening and the burden of consistently creating new and exciting content, it can make burnout inevitable.

"Lean on your support – sometimes all you need (to fight #burnout) is an outside perspective to help accomplish your goals." Dustin Iannotti (@dustini) Click To Tweet
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Sean Jimenez

CEO| Soulpepper Digital Marketing Agency


After recognizing that I was dealing with it, I eventually had to hit the pause button and take some time for myself and my family. I made sure to take short breaks for outdoor activities. I’m fortunate to be living in beautiful British Columbia, with the ocean and mountains pretty much in my backyard. Hiking, cross-country skiing, and simply being outside helped me decompress in 2020. 

I also find that unplugging from technology helps a lot, even if you’re only going offline for a day or two. Meditate, exercise, do yoga – finding peace of mind will help you get back to work with new energy.


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Kevin Miller

CEO | Gr0 Digital Marketing


Burnout is something that seems to creep up on all of us, often without us even realizing it. It never happens suddenly; instead, it happens slowly and gradually, and we begin to feel our passion leave us for some reason. 

Because of this, I think one of the best ways to fight burnout is to simply be aware and listen to the signs your body is giving you.

Make sure to take that rest and recharge. Whether this process takes a few hours or a few days, allow it to happen. You also don’t have to completely shut yourself off from work during this time; instead, temporarily resort to tasks that may take less brain power.


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Stacy Caprio

Founder| Her.CEO


While this might not be a simple fix for everybody, the solution for me was clear. I had to quit my job.

I left my 9 to 5 job and began working for myself. This allowed me to gain control over my time and re-spark the passion that I had lost in my career.

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Mike Schwarz

CEO | MyZone Media


The number one piece of advice I have is to read the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. 

I fight burnout by getting back to the basics like sleeping enough hours, taking time for me, playing piano/guitar, regular exercise, drinking water, meditating, eating properly, and of course limiting work hours. 

I usually kick it off with a mini-vacation to help hit the reset button.  When I’m too wound up with work, I often forget all of the little things that are so important to maintaining life-balance.

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Brett Prentiss

Co-Founder | Instinct Marketing


I took small breaks between a handful of calls, my team and I hold each other accountable, and I celebrate the small wins.

Some of these wins include webinar opt-ins, potential attendees calling back, and continuing to push forward.

Another helpful tip that helps me fight burnout is to focus on the positives.


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Anthony Milia

Founder | Milia Marketing


Focus! 

Focus on your BIG 3 items each day that will move the needle. Another idea is to draw a T-Chart with the left column titled as TD (To Do) and the right column titled as MD “Must Do”. Finish your MD’s first before your TD’s.


Also, no more client work after 6pm or on the weekends. Relieve your mind and body from always thinking business and be PRESENT in the moment. 


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Jill Sandy

Founder| Constant Delights


I did some soul searching to understand the root of the problem: My lack of focus.

I identified all the tasks I was doing at the time, and weeded out those unimportant tasks. I either got rid of those, or found someone to outsource it to. I lowered my expectations for the task quality, but I managed to get those tasks done. 

For the important tasks, I broke it down to smaller tasks, so I could better tackle it one by one. It gave me a sense of progress, and eventually, the pressure subsided.

Whatever you do, do not abandon healthy eating. Always ensure you have enough sleep. Take a close look at yourself, identify the root of the problem, and face it. Once you know the problem, it’s just a matter of time before you are able to fight burnout and overcome it.

Wrap-up

Burnout sucks.

As a marketer, you’re more likely to experience it in your job than in any other profession, even without a global pandemic.

It’s critical that you understand the common signs of burnout and take the steps necessary to address it before you reach a breaking point.

Once you’ve understood those common causes or experienced it yourself, prioritize how you will fight burnout and create proactive plan for preventing it in the future.


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