If you are like most professionals in today’s workforce, you sometimes feel overwhelmed by multiple factors in your life. It could be work, family, your health, or other factors. You could have the strongest work ethic and the best time management, but sometimes that may not be enough. At some point, without realizing it, you can find yourself burned out. The term “burnout” is used a lot in the business world, but many people underestimate how serious it can be and how easily it can happen. It is very common, and it is important to recognize how to prevent it. Here are some tips of some habits that you can do to prevent burning out.
Setting a daily routine can be very useful because it can help you prioritize the important things that need to be completed that are not currently scheduled. Try starting your day off with a workout. A workout early in the morning can be the perfect thing to get you going and get your day started on the right foot. After your workout, you can use the time before work to plan out the rest of your day. Create a schedule of the top prioritized items that must be completed at some point during the day. It might be useful to keep a couple 30-minute “blocks” of free time within that schedule in the event something comes up out of nowhere. Then, once you have returned home for the day, take some time to review and make sure you completed every task and even take a look at tomorrow’s events and see if you need to change anything based on what happened today.
This point specifically means declining any invites that do not particularly interest or excite you. This tip is especially for people who tend to say “yes” to most things. You want to be strategic with your availability. By saying “no” to things that do not speak to you individually, then you are saying “yes” to yourself more which puts you in a better position to maintain your own health, both physically and mentally. You will also have more energy to tackle things that will actually mean more to you which will make you much more invested in these activities.
Unstructured play is just as healthy for adults as it is for children. It is important to give yourself time to play so your mind can wander which can activate it in innovative ways. Now, it is true that more play does not always lead to greater inspiration, but the same can be said about more work as well. It is important to find that healthy balance. The point is that you want to have some time during the day where you put the phone away and turn off “work-mode” giving yourself time to do things that you enjoy. This can be spending more time with your family, hanging out with friends, or just having quality alone time. Regardless of what you do, you have to make sure you are giving yourself some time away from work and for yourself.