Whether you are flat out running your own business or working long hours in your job you could be at risk of burnout. But it’s not just the long hours that do it.
Not feeling in control of the way that your work is going, a lack of social support or working towards goals that don’t resonate with you can have a major impact. Work-life balance (or imbalance) can play a significant role too.
We’ve all seen friends or colleagues reach burnout, but how can you know if you are heading in that direction yourself?
Typical signs to lookout for are:
- Becoming overly cynical or on a downer about things
- Feeling tired or exhausted – mentally and physically
- Making mistakes on easy tasks
- Feeling dissatisfied or disgruntled
- Doubting yourself
- Lack of concentration
- Being under the weather often with no obvious health cause.
If you don’t tailor your responsibilities to match your true calling, or at least take a break once in a while, you could face a mountain of mental and physical health problems.
How to overcome burnout
If you said yes to any of the above, it’s time to step back and start making changes. Try one of the following:
Talk to your boss about your work concerns. It might seem counterintuitive to highlight your dissatisfaction to those you believe are piling on the work stress. But, if you approach this conversation as the start of making positive change, rather than a conflict, you may be able to remove or dispel some of the tensions.
Slim down your to do list. If you’re missing important details in your work it’s probably a sign that you’re trying to cram in more tasks that you actually have time for. Focus on your three MITs – Most Important Things – and knock off any tasks that you’re not looking forward to first, then you’ll be more productive and positive with the other tasks on your list.
Reevaluate your work or business goals. This will give you new focus and to reinvigorate your passion for what you do. The burnout connected to exhaustion can indicate that you’re not just tired, but tired of the same old minutiae of your day-to-day routine.
Make a date with friends who put a smile on your face. That means you’re going to have to scale back on some of the work demands on your calendar, but that’s the point, isn’t it?
Treat yourself to some ‘me time’ for a little TLC. Whether this is a spa day, a music gig or comedy show, it’s time to regain some balance and reward yourself for the things that you have achieved.
Expand your horizons. Look for ways to take on new responsibilities in the same field to feel more engaged. Invest in some new training related to your work or business, or in an area of expertise that you’d like to expand into. Career coaching can help you take a step back and look for fresh options and opportunities to be more satisfied in your career,
Book a holiday! Get some space between you and your desk and some time to catch up on sleep, eat well – it might just give you the distance you need to be more objective about the issues that are causing your burnout and to come back refreshed and ready to tackle them in a positive way.
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If you think that you are suffering from burnout and need a helping hand to get clear and confident to make some changes in your career or in your business, then why not give me a call and book a free discovery session to find out how my coaching programmes can help you get back on track.