In our last blog post we talked about how to recognise burnout - before you get burnt. However, if you feel you feel you might be starting to burnout, here's some ideas for minimising the effects:
1. Establish a morning ritual. Don't start the day late, groggy or hungry. Enjoy time in a favoured spot (living room, local café etc). Feed your brain, breathe and ease into the day.
2.. Exercise regularly. It will increase blood flow to your brain, relieve stress and offer much needed time out from work.
3. Expand your social horizon. As they say, get a life! Don't be trapped by daily boredom. Bring back variety.
4. Relinquish control. Enjoy your time outside the office; your business can probably survive without you.
5.. A holiday is a break from work. Turn on your Out of Office message, record a detailed voicemail message, ignore your mobile and if necessary delegate responding duties.
6. Get out and improve strategic brain flow! Partake in regular strategic brainstorming outside of the office.
7. Don't get hung up on what hasn't been done. Focus on the current task and give it your undivided attention.
8. Don't take on other people's issues. It's great to support a colleague or employee in personal conflict but don't let someone else's baggage weigh you down.
9. Learn to say no. Too much on your plate? Surrender! Analyse what is consuming your time and delegate.
10. Invest in your personal development. Grow your skills, both relevant to and independent of your current role, You will never know when a new role could emerge.
11. Carefully manage your calendar. Leave space for impromptu things and 'share' your schedule with others.
12.. Writ a blog. Direct some of that pent-up creativity and vision online - it might even help your business!
13. Become a volunteer. It might satisfy you to offer your skills to something outside of your own organisation.
14. Get back to the drawing board. Review your job description and key tasks, what could you do better, more creatively? Just imagine it's your first day on the job.
Burnout can take years to set in and finding the right solutions won't happen overnight either. Learn to recognise your triggers and the reasons why you're feeling stressed by your working life. Then you can make direct choices to get back on track.