Burnout is largely due to some form of persistent stress, a lack of recognition or a lack of engaging tasks. As such, communication and socialising are the best weapons to combat burnout in your life and the lives of your team members.
Work isn’t supposed to always be fun and engaging but that doesn’t mean you have to focus on the negative aspects all the time. Nor do we have to think about work all the time. This can be one of the hardest patterns to break – the constant dwelling on work that has begun to feel like a burden in our lives. One of the most effective ways to change thinking, is by learning a new hobby or craft. Forcing your brain to switch from work mode to a creative space.
Preventing burnout is a continual struggle – there’s no one-and-done permanent fix. However, there are a few things you can do to limit the likelihood that you’ll be hit with a full-blown burnout meltdown.
First off, you need to get enough sleep. This cannot be stressed enough. Easier said than done, you might be thinking, because there is ALWAYS more work to do or think through. The reality is that as you lie in bed pondering work, none of it is actually getting done, and it will still be there in the morning. Training yourself to switch off (that mens NO work in bed) and get sleep will make you much more productive in the morning.
To help with this (and to maintain a good work/life balance in general) it’s useful to have a daily routine to follow.
Another great way to give your mind a rest from whatever’s getting you down is to try yoga and/or meditation. I know it can be embarrassing to think of showing up to a class as a complete beginner but you don’t have to leave your home to do it – there are plenty of apps available to do it. Though class is always a good option as it allows you to get social interaction in too.
Another helper in avoiding burnout is to stop trying to reinvent the wheel and do it all on your own. Ask for help, and find out if there are easier ways of going about things. That is one of the main reasons we have developed our resource centre, so that you can work off of templates, and see examples of workflows and processes, slide decks and more. We want to take the mental stress out of bringing new products into your team, and help you to make the best and more efficient use of them.
To sum up:
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night
- Use a daily routine to enforce a work/life balance
- Allocate enough time to work
- realise you cant do everything yourself
- Try relaxing with yoga or meditation
- Fuel your creativity to generate ideas (learn new skills)
- Do whatever you want to do outside of work – anything that helps you enjoy your time and relax
Burnout can be a big wake up call to find balance in your life. Remember that you as a human are always more important than the task that you are working on.
Take care of yourself. We like working with you, and hope to continue to do so for a long time to come.