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Dominate Your Year
5 Secrets to Getting More Done Without Burning Out
Whether you have a lot on your plate at the moment or are an overachiever, working 24/7 can be detrimental to your overall health. Before you know it, you're feeling tired, cranky, and downright awful. These are some of the classic signs of burnout. In today's 24/7 society, it can be hard to resist working around the clock, especially if you are trying to get ahead in your career. However, if you want to avoid completely burning out, you need to make sure to take mental breaks now and again to help keep you feeling refreshed.
While not everyone can take a six-month-long sabbatical from their job to destress and refresh their minds, there are several things that you can do to help you get more done without burning out. The following five techniques will help you maintain your energy throughout the day and avoid the all too common condition of burnout. To help you avoid becoming overwhelmed, try adding one of these techniques to your daily routine at a time until you can make a habit out of it. Incorporating each of these methods into your life will dramatically increase your energy and focus and help you avoid burning out.
What Are the Signs of Burnout
Burnout is, unfortunately, a road hazard in life that most high-achievers often face. Due to the passion, they have for what they do high performers tend to ignore the fact that they are working long hours, taking on heavy workloads, and placing an enormous about of pressure on themselves to excel. All of this makes them susceptible to burnout.
Burnout is a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, and feeling of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment. To give yourself the best chance of avoiding burnout, it is crucial that you are able to recognize the signs and symptoms. Here are some of the signs that you should look for to avoid burnout in your life.
Loss of appetite
Feelings of hopelessness
Poor performance at work
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's time to make a change. The following techniques can help you to make the right changes in life and hopefully avoid the destructive nature of burnout.
Choose Work That Boosts Your Energy
One of the easiest ways to avoid burning out is to choose work that boosts your energy, instead of taxing it. The difference between working yourself into a grave and making your life fuller is to select projects that boost your morale.
If you wake up every day and dread having to go to work, it's a sure sign that you are working yourself into an early grave. When you commit your time to completing activities that make you tired rather than excited, and still do it compulsively, you're a workaholic that has probably already experienced burnout at least once in their life. If the prospect of going to work brings a smile to your face, then you've found a job that enhances your quality of life, and it's much easier to continue working on things that make you happy.