Life is busy and can be overwhelming these days. It feels like the pace and demands of the world have exponentially sped up. Here are some ideas on how to manage and eventually avoid burning yourself out.
Notice and name your burnout
When does it happen? (After a huge project, weekly, when personal and work demands intersect?)
What does it look like? (Are you tired, cranky, uninspired?)
How do you behave when you are burned out? (Do you miss deadlines, skip the gym, yell at your loved ones or employees?)
How do you communicate when you are burned out? (Are you curt, do you forget to pass things on?)
Listen to what your burnout is telling you
What is the message your burnout is trying to share with you? Is it one of these or something else?
I need to delegate
I over committed
I need to re-evaluate my priorities
Once you’re able to notice and name your burn out and hear it’s message for you, you will be better equipped to see it coming and get in front of it.
How to avoid burnout
1. Notice the signs early; I’m feeling cranky, getting defensive and having trouble concentrating… WARNING WARNING
2. Practice good self-care regularly to improve your resilience and your ability to navigate times when obligations run high. 8 hours of sleep, eating healthy and regular meals, staying hydrated, staying active, playing, and practicing mindfulness are all ways to practice good self-care.
3. Ask for help; Research shows that we are not good at everything, so practice delegating and asking for help. Exercising a bit of vulnerability with peers and employees will have the added bonus of helping to increase people’s perception of you as a trustworthy leader.
4. Play often; Stuart Brown, the founder of the National Institute for Play, says, “Play leads to brain plasticity, adaptability, and creativity.”
5. Schedule with intention; Be cognitive about what you say yes to and how much time you allocate to tasks. Take a cue from Greg McKeown in his book Essentialism and give yourself a 30% time buffer on projects. If you think it will take three hours, schedule four. Planning Fallacy is the well-researched tendency for people and organizations to underestimate how long they will need to complete a task.
6. Manage your PERMA; PERMA is Martin Seligman’s well-being theory and is an acronym for the five domains of well-being. When you wisely invest across these five domains, you will be improving your well-being which leads to increased resiliency and flourishing (the ability to grow and adapt over time despite adversity). We offer PERMA as an experiential workshop in our PositiveLeader™ Journey.
The path to positive change begins with noticing. Stay vibrant. #thinkplink
Written by our Co-Founder Alexis Robin