Signs and Symptoms of Sweepstakes Burnout (and What to Do about It)


Burnout manifests as exhaustion and sensations of cynicism and detachment from an occupation or hobby. It’s that “I don’t wanna” syndrome that hangs over your head, sucking the joy out of everything you love, and suddenly your sweeps seem like too much work. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about it. Recognizing burnout is the first step in getting past it so you can begin to look forward to sweeping again.


Sweepstakes burnout can suck the happiness and joy out of your favorite hobby: sweeping. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to get over the slump and get back in the game again. Reading about success stories, getting organized and shaking up your routine all help.

Symptoms of Sweepstakes Burnout

Are the sweeps feeling like work these days? Does even thinking about entries create feelings of unhappiness and detachment?

Yeah, you may be suffering form sweepstakes burnout. Do any of these apply to you?

  • Sweeping takes up too much time.
  • It just feels like work. Stupid, boring work.
  • I’m never going to win; nobody ever wins.
  • It’s just not fun anymore.
  • It’s time to do entries. Again? Ugh!
  • I haven’t checked my sweeps email box in over a week.

Unhappiness is a sign it’s time to take a moment to reflect. Could you still love the idea of sweepstakes and the idea of winning cash and prizes? Or are you just done? If you could, then taking active steps to clear your burnout should help.

Causes of Sweepstakes Burnout

Sweepstakes burnout has three main causes. It’s important to figure out which applies to your situation — overload, boredom or lack of motivation.

  • Overload burnout is caused by doing too much in too little time. Trying to get out 100 entries by this evening? Whoa there. Making things into “work” can be a surefire killer of the joy it used to bring.
  • Boredom burnout could be caused by entering the same type of sweeps too often.
  • Lack of motivation is probably the result of not winning or seeing results. Winning helps boost motivation, but it’s out of your control so now what?

Getting Over Sweepstakes Burnout

Obviously, it might help to take a break and step back a little. But once you do, implement these strategies to help combat the three main types of sweepstakes burnout:

  • Overload Burnout: Limit the amount of time you spend on sweepstakes each day and make sure you’re working in an organized manner. Set a time for the amount of time you’ll spend each day and try using spreadsheets to track your entries. Choose a type of contest or sweep that is less intensive.
  • Boredom Burnout: Feeling bored or cynical? Feel like you can’t go on another day without some action? Try entering same-day giveaways or instant games. Change up the type of games you’re entering. Enter skills-based contests or search out lesser known snail-mail contests.
  • Motivation Burnout: Look up the stories of people like Don Cruz, Natalie Bostelman, and Carol Earheart — all past sweepstakes winners.

It’s okay to feel a sensation of burnout from time to time. Burnout can be momentary and is definitely something that you can tackle if you’re proactive about it.