Burnout can sneak up on you and wreak havoc on your personal and professional lives. It’s not the same as being stressed—burnout is more acute, usually happening after a long period of intense stress. It’s accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, lack of motivation, and physical exhaustion.
To regain your energy and enthusiasm for your job, it’s critical to develop a good work-life balance. You’re going to have to deal with stress no matter what—but if you have a rich personal life with quality relationships and activities you enjoy, the challenges at work will be much more manageable.
Creating a work-life balance
It’s possible to be incredibly busy but still carve out time to spend with the people you love and do the things you love doing. As long as you are in control of how you spend your time and what you spend it on, you will be able to find the work-life balance that everyone craves, and avoid the devastating effects of burnout.
When you feel like work is taking over your personal life, or that your personal life is interfering with work, it’s usually because you’ve lost control over your schedule. Follow these tips, so you can wrestle control over your life, and put things in proper balance.
Decide your top priorities
Make a list of your top five priorities, including personal and work-related values. Is your number one priority to spend time with family? Then draw a line in the sand, and dedicate at least one day a week to family time.
Maybe you have a hobby you’re passionate about, and it’s pretty high on the list of priorities. Then no matter what that hobby is, it’s important enough to take up a good amount of time each week.
Focus on one task at time
Most attempts to multitask are likely to devolve into a loss of control. We weren’t designed to multitask—humans are more efficient if we focus on one task at a time.
Do urgent tasks right away, put off or delegate the rest
Don’t just work on whatever happens to be in front of you at a given time. Decide which task is most urgent, and take care of it right now. If something isn’t urgent, schedule it for later. You can also delegate tasks to others around you, if possible.
Schedule time for some R&R
Getting through some of the less-enjoyable tasks of the day can be much easier if you have something to look forward to. Schedule time for rest and relaxation every day; it doesn’t have to take up a whole bunch of your time, but it will help you get through some of the more mundane activities of the day.
Creating a healthy work-life balance is important, not only because it’ll help you be happier, but also because it will help combat things like burnout and stress.
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