Okay so if you’re reading this thinking, “yes, wait ’til I show THIS to my boss- certainly a reason to put my feet up!” then think again! See it’s not about working less, but about working smarter and then being able to get that time back to really switch off when you need! (Which for some, is easier than others!) By mastering your work-life balance, you’ll also find that you enjoy your job more, that motivation starts to come back and you’re getting far better results- in whatever role it may be.
Sound good? Alright then. Here’s a few of our favourite tips for avoiding that work burnout…
- Maximise Productivity– When you are working, make sure you’re making the most of it. Plan everything properly the day before, use lists, make sure you allocate the right amount of time to get jobs done and really stay focused during those core hours. No-one wants to be working late, but if you utilise your time properly: you won’t need to! Time management and planning are the key components here. Once you can master that, you can take on anything!
- Take a Break!– Little and often. Just a short five-minute burst of movement and maybe a quick bite to eat. (Who else loves to nibble throughout the day?!) The break will recharge your brain, increasing concentration when you then get going again which then means you work better, faster and certainly get far more done. The more you achieve in the day, the less overwhelmed you will be and the more you can get that work-life balance right. So what was it?… Break little and often, that’s right! If it means having a shorter lunch, so be in! Who needs an hour to gossip anyway?! So long as you have that time to eat properly, drink properly- getting the sustenance instead you to fuel that mental strength, you will be good to go!
- Work On That Mindset– ‘If you realised how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think another negative thought again…’ Believe it or not, you can control your thoughts and they in turn begin to control your feelings. So instead of filling your mind with the likes of: “I just have so much to do, I’m never going to get it all done…” “This is CONSTANT. I get my tasks done and more just pile up.” “How is this a life?! When can I take a break?!” If this sounds like you, stop right in your tracks. Because think about it- are these thoughts really helping anyone? Is it enabling you to get things done faster or solving the problems you feel like you have? No, probably not. In fact, if anything, it’s surely making you slower and less productive because you’re actually just wasting time working yourself up. But hey, knowledge is power. So the first steps are to take a deep breath, become conscious of what you’re thinking and then work on changing them. The next time a negative thought runs in your path, grab it, trap it, and replace it with something else. Like: “Well, it’s going to be another busy day today, but that’s good- the company is booming, my role is a key part of that and let’s plan this all out to see the best way to work through it!” Think you can do it? Give it a try! I promise, you’ll start to notice the difference!
- Do the Down-Time– I know, I bet you was wondering when this was coming, but save the best ‘till last right?! Everyone knows it can’t be all work and no play, so one of the best ways to stop that work burnout, is by making the most of those days off. If you’re going to chill, you need to do it properly, so stop checking those work emails or thinking about all the things you have to do (there will be far less if you follow the steps above anyway!), and make the most of the time you do have… Not only on weekends, but on evenings too. Spend quality time with loved ones, do different things, have some FUN! Because then when it is time to get back to work, you’ll feel like you have had that proper break and will be able to get back to it with a fresh mindset, better body and a strong, healthy attitude!
What’s your favourite things to do in down-time? How do you deal with work overload to avoid the dreaded burnout?! Share your thoughts below…