In many ways, a successful career is a game of stamina and patience, even when working at a job you love. We’re only human and will burn out in a flame of glory if we don’t learn to pace ourselves. Burnout is found to cause loss of sleep, increased anxiety, frequent illness and constant fatigue. Hard work and long hours are only worth it if you can enjoy yourself throughout the process.
Read more in this Thrive in Five to learn some tips and tricks to avoid burnout this year!
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Be Productive – Not Busy
- Own your calendar – An empty space on your calendar does not (always) mean that you must accept that 30 meeting from a co-worker when you really needed those minutes to prepare for your next big meeting. Sometimes it helps to actually block out time on your calendar to do specific tasks.
- Prioritize – As you move up in your career, there will be more emails in your inbox, more tasks on your to-do list and more meetings on your calendar, but no more hours in the day to get it all done. Try, at the beginning of each day (or end the day prior), taking a step back and evaluating what the most impactful tasks are that you need to accomplish. (Source)
- Learn to say no – If you are someone who feels the need to please others and put their needs before your own, it can be a very daunting thought to assert yourself to say no. Once you start learning to say no, you will reduce the stress and the likelihood of burnout. Hint: Click the orange tip to learn more about the benefits of saying no!
- Delegate – Many professionals experience burnout because they fail to know when to delegate, especially when they are enthusiastic to show they can do it all. Inevitably, this mentality can lead to burn-out. Delegation is a valuable skill, use it! (Source)
- Know how to recharge, and quickly – Working long hours without taking an effective break will always lead to burnout. Experiment to figure out what works best – meditation, a walk around the block, a quick phone call with mom – and spend your free time on those supercharging activities.
- Know your core values – If you do this, you’ll be able to remind yourself of what’s important to address and what’s trivial.
- Set boundaries – This allows for a set aside (guilt free!) time for you to rest and recharge! For example, if you don’t like to talk on the phone after 9pm, when at home set phone to “do not disturb” from 9pm until 9am. (Source)
Apply the Five!
Burnout can creep up on the best of us. If you’re reading this Thrive, it’s a good guess that you might be already feeling its effects and want to know how you can counter it before you burn out in that flame of glory mentioned above.
That being said, our “Apply the Five” this time is to pick at least 1 or 2 of the tips above to work on this year to help feed that flame of glory so it burns all year without burning you!
Learn How Evans Thrives!
What better way to inspire you to thrive than to hear about real people making it happen? And what better way to learn about Evans than to make those real people Evans employees and partners?
Meet Denise Dommes!
Growing up, I was very close with my grandmother, and she would often tell me “Denise, you should always treat others as you wish they would treat you”. I truly believe in the “Golden Rule,” so I always live by it, but how does it prevent burn out?
First – I’ve realized that to “treat others as you want to be treated,” you need to “treat yourself”first, so I make sure to incorporate these things into my life:
- “Me Time” – time away from everyone, just for myself. This could be watching “mindless TV,” listening to music, or sitting outside with a glass of wine.
- Exercise – bike riding, working out at the gym, and jogging are my staples.
- Time with my best friend, my daughter Laura.
Second – I’m an organized person. For me, the feeling of being overwhelmed comes from not having a good sense of everything that needs to get done or how I’m going to accomplish it. Writing it all down eases that stress and makes me realize that everything is manageable.
Third – It gives me joy to chat with and learn about a person – not just about their work, but about their personal lives, families, and yes, their favorite college football team! I am a huge Kansas State Wildcats fan – EMAW! So, if you see me and we haven’t met yet, introduce yourself!
Lastly – I try to remember that happiness is a state of mind that you can absolutely choose. It’s not always easy, but I can always find the positive, and I’d much rather work to find the positive than dwell on the negative!
So, treat yourself (and don’t feel guilty when you do), try to find the positive, and be happy. It’s infectious!
Until Next Time…
Evans’ Talent Engagement Team
(Kaitlin Hurley and Nicole Anderson)
(This image was adapted from a commonly shared internet image.)