A little bit more about Burnout... (Blog Post 2 of 2)
When workload and capacity are in balance, it is possible to get stuff done and find time for professional growth, development, rest, work recovery and personal growth.
How are you doing in each of these?
- Planning your daily tasks.
(Do you know what needs doing? What will you be working on next week? Do you have a plan?)
- Delegating tasks.
(Sometimes we steer away from handing over tasks to others, or asking for help with tasks, but it can be positive for all involved.)
- Saying no!
(Saying no is necessary when you have too much to do or someone else is not respecting your time or boundaries)
- Letting go of perfectionism.
(Sometimes PERFECT is not really required; sometimes, good enough is all that is needed.)
It is said that “Burnout isn’t simply about being tired”.
After delivering something highly demanding (cognitively, emotionally, or physically), it may be beneficial to switch to a less complex task.
Swapping between tasks of varying difficulty on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis can be an excellent way to regain balance and give yourself a break.
We sometimes feel unable to stop. We check emails while in line for a coffee and type up notes on the journey back from a meeting or function. While it can seem essential when you are busy to keep pushing ahead, but, it is vital to take little breaks.
Use spare time to read a book, listen to music, talk to a friend, spend time on your hobby or run through breathing exercises.
Taking time out for yourself is crucial to your wellbeing and will ultimately benefit you.
Stress and tension take their toll physically. You may notice tight shoulders or headaches. Learning to recognize times when you are most stressed or anxious can help.
When you do, find a moment to go for a little walk… stretch... or to take some long, slow, intentional breaths…