Working hard on your business, taking care of a family, striving to move up the career ladder, or working to pay off your house or car loan can lead you to devote too many hours to your work. This exhausting routine has become your daily life, or better said your daily imbalanced life, and you feel you can’t operate without stress.
If you feel it’s time you got out of this situation and want to restore balance in your life, there are six ways you can avoid job burnout.
1. Make a plan of required hours of work and stick to it. The first step to free yourself is to admit your working hours are more than what is needed.
For example, if you find yourself working in the office late every day, become aware of the situation and admit that working at that level will eventually bring you down physically and emotionally. Of course, working extra hours from time to time may benefit your business, your career advancement and your pocket. But when extra hours become your daily routine, you get exactly the opposite results. Instead of being productive and competent you become inefficient and unable to make clear and profitable decisions.
2. Use available tools to help you do your job more efficiently. Nowadays there is a huge variety of tools that can help save you time. Find out which of them serve your needs best and learn how to use them. You may think that you don’t have the time to invest in learning how to use these tools, but trust me, it will take you less time than the time you spend working in the long-term.
3. Work delegation. This is a term you may have forgotten about. A characteristic of busy people is that they believe they should do everything themselves because no one can do their work as well as they can. But then, why are the other people there? And if you are a manager, why have you hired them if you believe they can’t do a good job? Whether or not they can do the work as well as you can, overcome this belief and start delegating work to others. If you don’t, you may end up doing more and more of the work yourself and even 24 hours will not be enough to finish your tasks.
Seeing it from another point of view, by delegating, you give others the opportunity to grow and develop. And if delegating is part of your job description, then it’s not only “nice to do” but it’s your duty too!
4. Give yourself a break. It’s important to relax your mind a few times per day from your busy schedule at work. Get up from your chair and go out to get some fresh air and change your environment for a while. Take a coffee break and have a friendly chat with your co-workers about something “light” and irrelevant to your work like where you plan to spend your vacation or a nice movie you watched. Find something that can keep your mood up and help you “escape” from your job for awhile.
5. Use the annual leave to which you’re entitled. Taking the time off will help you stay healthy and fit and prevent job burnout. During your vacation time you will be able to focus on your personal life and recharge your batteries by doing things you really love.
As much as possible, shut down your laptop and turn off your cell phone. You can’t imagine how invigorating this is!
6. Stay in contact with your feelings about your work. Acknowledge your feelings; they’re all valid and worth your attention. In addition, your feelings can be your first clue that you’re close to job burnout. Are you getting tired of working all the time? Or are you totally excited and interested in your job and full of energy to focus only on it? Or is it becoming really hard to cope with?
If you find that you’re having negative feelings about your work, take action to resolve the challenges that are causing the negative feelings. It’s important that your work is a positive part in your life and not a machine sucking in your energy.
Having a healthy work-life balance is important. Start practicing the above mentioned ways to avoid getting yourself into a job burnout situation. Find out how liberating it is to live a balanced life that will not only revitalize your personal life but will make you more productive and efficient in your