Work, Work, Work, Work, Work! We have all felt it, the heart-searing exhaustion that isn’t so much physical, as it is mental. Where you cannot do one more thing at work, you feel out of it, the reward system that you have in place just isn’t enough to motivate you anymore. This is what is called Burn Out. It hits every one of us at one time or another. How can you avoid feeling like a dry teapot over a high flame? You just need to get motivated!
Getting burnt out at work can happen to anyone. Heck it has definitely happened to me.
Take Breaks During The Day
You can’t keep going on and on without your battery getting depleted. Breaking up your day helps you manage your work efficiently and gives you a proper break to take a personal moment, take a look at the world around you, and breathe. Pause your work the moment you feel your energy waning, and before you get so drawn into the blues that you lose your motivation to move around. Get up, drink some water, and dance around. Also, make sure you take a lunch break away from your desk.
Get Rid of Your Tech
There is nothing more de-motivational as the tech age we live in. The problem with being connected to the world is just that. You are constantly connected. People can reach out to you whenever they want, wherever they want. Basically, you never really leave the office, and by extension, you are never not working. This can be solved by limiting the amount of time you check your emails outside of work, and refusal to discuss business outside of business hours. Set your limits and stick to them. This is important for your health – body and mind.
Save Your Weekends for You
It can be too easy to keep working through the weekend. Being connected to the world makes it so that even when you should be spending time with friends and family, you end up getting a “couple of things” taken care of. This usually turns into hours of work! Embrace your downtime, get back on track, and give yourself some respite from work. Having the weekend off will leave you more motivated come Monday, and ready to tackle another week!
Check Your Health
Your health and wellness is very important to succeed in any leaders life! If your fatigue persists for a long period of time, you may need a checkup! Your body will tell you when it is time to slow down. The reality is that it might not be burnout at all; you could be fighting a bug, needing some sunlight, you might have a vitamin deficiency, or your work-life balance is way off! Your health is the most important thing, so make sure you take time to be in tune with your health and get regular checkups!
What Kind of Breaks do You Have?
What do you do in your free time? If all you do is watch Netflix or other tv program, chances are you are not stimulating your mind. This can lead to serious boredom, that can be very hard to shake. When you have the weekend off, do something that will engage your mind and body. Go for a hike or walk, play a game, exercise, visit a museum, or read a book. It is important to stimulate every one of your senses. Appreciate the moment you are in. You will be surprised at the amount of motivation and personal growth, that comes from trying something new.
Find a New Job
If you are feeling consistently burnt out, then it might be time to find something new to do! I know this may be a hard decision but sometimes it is necessary. Take the time to think about why you do what you do, and whether you are as passionate as you used to be. If you find that you aren’t passionate about it anymore, then it’s time to move on!
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