Burnout sucks. There I said it. But as much as it sucks, burnout can sneak up on us at any moment. As a workaholic I know this first hand. I start out super productive with my game face on, and getting so much done, and before I know it I am neck deep in work, my to do list is five pages long, and all I want to do is curl up under the covers with my dog. So in honor of all of my fellow workaholics and burnout victims I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tips to prevent burnout, and actually get work done and not hate it or become overwhelmed.
- Take breaks: I cannot stress this enough. Taking breaks is so critical. Often times we feel like in order to be productive we have to be working constantly and consistently, but that is not the case. Yes consistency is important in working, but you will burn yourself out and easily become overwhelmed if you don’t remember to take breaks within your schedule. It can be something as simple as a fifteen minute break, just remind yourself to take a few minutes to regroup and rest your brain. I had a professor once tell me for every 45 minutes that you work, you should be taking a fifteen minute break, and that is something that I have adopted in my life, and have seen wonders in my motivation, and ability to prevent burnout and overwhelm.
- Plan ahead: This one may be the most obvious of the tips, but I see so many people forget to do this. Planning ahead. It is super simple, but so important. Something as simple as making a to do list can do wonders to prevent you from becoming overwhelmed and burned out. By planning ahead you are taking accountability for your work, and setting a schedule for yourself so that when it comes time to actually do the work you won’t be sitting there with your hands on your head wondering where in the world do you even start.
- Batch your work: This may be my favorite tip because it is something that can honestly say has changed my life. You have got to batch your work. By that I mean set aside batches of time to do particular tasks. For instance maybe I give myself the same hour every day or at least one hour a day to write blog posts. I am holding myself accountable, but also by giving myself a set time frame to do something I won’t become overwhelmed by the thought of all the things I have to do.
- Prioritize: The last tip is to prioritize. Setting priorities within your work enables you to feel accomplished because you are setting specific things aside to get done first. For instance there is a philosophy that if you can get it done in 60 seconds then don’t put it off, go ahead and just get it done. This is a perfect example. Setting those clear priorities, must haves, or must get dones lets your brain not feel so overcome by multiple tasks because it will start to rank things by importance, and shift the other work deeper into your mind.
I truly hope that these tips were helpful to you, and that the next time you feel overwhelmed or that burnout coming your way that these tips and tricks help you to feel less overcome by your work, and more accomplished and productive. Feel free to share this on social media with all of your fellow workaholics or burnout suffers, and let’s help each other tackle the overwhelm.