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How to Avoid Burnout

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Burnout. It is real. Have you ever seen the movie Fight Club? You know the scene when Edward Norton is at work, and its just a joyless, monochromatic, monotonous experience. 100% autopilot. He has not even a glint of interest in his eye and looks a little dead inside? I’ve certainly felt that way. Have you? Let’s not be walking zombies, shall we? Here are three leading questions to help you formulate a plan to fight burnout and keep your life peppered with joy.

1-When was the last time you had a full day without work? 

No, last month when you took a day off to go to the doctor for that thing you’ve been putting off does not count. Do you remember when you had a real rest day? Research is continually showing more and more that the key to success and focus is, you guessed it, rest. If you cannot remember the last time you had a mental health day, don’t beat yourself up. You can change that by scheduling one.

2-What is already on your calendar you are genuinely looking forward to this week?

This can be anything, but preferably not something work-related. As simple as a yoga class, or date night, having something in the calendar every week to simply fill yourself back up is vital in maintaining the balance or work and rest. If you do not yet have something nurturing on the books, consider investing some time back into yourself. Go back to that chess club, or sign up for that open mic night. Groupon has great deals if you’re feelin’ zany for a new experience!

3-Have you been financially preparing yourself for your next vacation? IE Have you been saving money/ have money saved up for your next planned trip? Peppering in memorable refreshing getaways in life is crucial. The key action step to making your dream travel a reality is financially planning for it. You could use a bonus check, or start a vacation envelope and put a little away here and there. You’ll be happy when you peek into that envelope and realize you have enough to go to Ireland finally!

Rest days, enjoyable activities and financially planning are the keys to making joyful moments a reality in your life. By maintaining a delicate balance of work and rest, we can actually boost our performance, and avoid burnout at the same time.

What is one action step you can take today to fight burnout? I’d love to hear if you’re inspired to make a change. Let me know in the comments.

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