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How Not To Get Burned Out With Your Cleaning Business

Reasons to reignite

As we rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, I see so many people I know in the cleaning industry struggling to rise to the challenges. Let’s face it, even if your job was going well before COVID-19 hit, the last year has taken its toll on all of us. You may find yourself empty, tired, washed out, or just plain ready to do something else. This level of burnout is problematic and could worsen as millions of people in our industry continue to work at an exhausting pace to meet the ongoing challenges. As you struggle to reignite your passion, try to find your “garbage truck” moment and remember the reasons that led you to the industry in the first place.

Below, I offer my top reasons and methods for rekindling the fire. If you have been thinking of leaving the industry, perhaps these will change your mind and help you overcome burnout.

  • Practice proper self-care—Work toward taking care of yourself, such as setting aside time for exercise, meditation, and/or hobbies.

  • Value your skills—Value yourself because nobody else is going to do it for you. Take care of yourself and acknowledge the worth of your time.

  • Reward yourself—Reward yourself for a job well done. Pick something non-work-related such as a movie, book, or daytrip.

  • Show gratitude—Thank yourself for doing what you do and thank others who help you achieve your goals.

  • Imagine your absence—Think about what the world would look like without us. It would be a big, stinky mess, with trash lying about, and no toilet paper in the bathroom stall. Your absence would be noticed.

  • Consider yourself a hero—Fact: The work done by cleaning workers saves lives.

  • Value the industry—People make the industry and people in the cleaning industry are awesome … you know who you are.

  • Know you’re part of a team—I would be terribly bored without all of you as my colleagues.

We’re in this pandemic for the long haul, so we must find new ways to make workloads sustainable for ourselves and our team. Expectations are high. If we miss the mark, we are going to lose a group of people the world needs to have in the cleaning industry.

In these unprecedented times, we don’t have to crumple from exhaustion. Remember how you got here and become the cleaning professional you once were.

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