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How to Avoid Burnout
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By: Mariah Rogers
May 15, 2020 • 6 min read

Keep Your Flame Burning

While it is important to stay motivated, work hard, and put your best foot forward, you will not be able to achieve your goals if you fall subject to burnout. Burnout can feel different from person to person, so it is essential to realize when you have reached your breaking point. If you are curious about how to balance your work life, personal life and still pursue projects your passionate about, this is the blog for you. Here is your guide on how to avoid burnout, whether at work, school, or in your personal life.

Schedule Breaks

You hear it all the time, the secret to balancing your work and personal life is to take breaks. However, you want to choose an activity that will recharge you during your time off. This way, you can help to fight burnout more efficiently. For example, you can try taking a nap, going for a walk, listening to music, exercising, or doing your self-care routine. Try to spend time away from your phone so that you can give your brain a break and avoid painful eye strain. You will also want to take these breaks when transitioning from task to task. Complete the task at hand, then take a break! Transitioning between tasks will help you prepare for your next activity.

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Prioritize Your Sleep Cycle

Have you ever noticed that you experience increased productivity, better focus, and less agitation when you get a good night of sleep? Do not cheat yourself out of a full 8 hours every night. Set a regular bedtime and stick to it! If you can train your body to follow this routine, you will eliminate the feeling of fatigue at the end of the workday. Make time for a relaxing nighttime routine that consists of the same rituals that help calm you down. This can look different for everyone! Try taking a warm shower, drinking tea, meditating, or reading a book, in the same order, every night. A well-rested mind will help you avoid burnout. You are important. Prioritize yourself!

Know Your Limits

Be realistic with yourself, and know how much you can handle. The key to avoiding burnout is to have an action plan in place so that it does not occur. Do not push yourself to work long hours sitting in front of your laptop every day, make sure your workday has a start and end time. Learn to say “no” and do not take on extra projects that you will not be able to handle. It is always better to do a smaller quantity of projects that show your skills and resemble excellent quality than to have a ton of projects that will be difficult to complete.

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What is Important to You?

What is the most critical thing in your life? Is it work, your education, your personal life? Understanding what is most important to you is the key to planning and organizing your day. Make sure to schedule your priorities over the course of a few days, not just a few hours. Start projects well in advance to give yourself time to complete them to the best of your ability. To avoid burnout, start with the hard stuff. Prioritize what projects and tasks are most important and begin with those. You will feel accomplished after having your most important projects polished to perfection!

Ask for Help

If you are finding yourself overwhelmed with projects or tasks, do not be afraid to ask for help! Asking for help is critical to avoid burnout. You have the power to do anything, but not everything! Seek assistance from coworkers, friends, and family. This could mean dividing up work or merely seeking emotional support so that you can stay encouraged to do your best. Communicate with superiors to let them know how you are handling the workload. Discuss delegating tasks differently with teammates. Most of the time, you’re not the only one feeling the stress, so they will thank you for bringing up the conversation.

 

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