Burnout is prevalent. We are all susceptible to it, especially when we take on many more responsibilities than we can handle. Burnout is a form of exhaustion that affects us physically and emotionally, leading to incredible stress levels.
It is important to note that burnout can be caused anywhere between an overload of work or feeling that you're not doing something you're passionate about. It can help to look for the silver lining in situations leading up to overwhelm. Some common signs of burnout are frequent feelings of cynicism, anger, or irritability. However, if you begin feeling like you can't do your job effectively, this may also be a burnout signal.
Here are a couple of tips to help restore motivation to get yourself out the funk and find your joy and energy!
1. Reconsider your priorities
If your life is entirely focused on the stress at work, this area of your life will need some reconsiderations. Think about whether this is a job that you want to continue doing for the long-term. If not, then perhaps it's time to begin seeking employment elsewhere. Another option is to create balance by taking more time offs. Most people tend to not use all their sick and vacation days, leading to more burnouts. There's nothing wrong with taking mental health (sick) days. If it is part of your company's benefits package, please take full advantage of these benefits.
2. Disconnect and recharge
This tends to be a big one. Technology is fantastic, but if we are not careful, it can consume us. Even though it's incredibly helpful and allows us to stay productive and connected, it also keeps us from focusing on ourselves, our friends and family, hobbies, etc. Make it a habit to disconnect from technology for some time each day. Focus on spending time alone or with other people, and do things that will allow you to recharge.
Another common reason for burnout is a lack of organization. When there is no organization, there's no balance, which leads to frustration. Take time to schedule your day, and you may begin feeling some relief. Organizing your time can boost productivity and increase motivation. Prioritize tasks, delegate when you can, and make time for things you love.
4. Take small breaks
Working long consecutive hours is not suitable for anyone's health. We are more likely to be productive when we do in intervals of forty-five minutes to an hour. Not including breaks to stand up or walk around for five minutes in between can have long term effects on our health, including burnout. Be sure to schedule small breaks throughout the day to reset, rest your eyes (if you're in front of a computer monitor all day) and give your mind a break. I love using an app called Forest. It helps keep me motivated and focused while keeping my tree alive. There's a lot more than this app can do that I won't share here. You can check it out in the apple or google play store.
Take Action today. If you'd like to read more about motivation and ways to avoid burnout, read the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey. Need inspiration and accountability to help reach your goals? Consider joining our online book club today! We are a book club that is focused on personal development and becoming our best selves.