The first and one of the most obvious things you can do for yourself is take time off. It seems simple but so many people overlook this. You have earned your time off, especially after such a busy and stressful year. It’s easy to fall into a mindset where you think you “can’t afford” time off. However, this is what will refresh your mind and renew your energy that you can then channel into doing great work.
For the times you don’t take time off, figure out what centers you. Is it a hobby? Is it celebrating small victories in your work? Do you like to meditate, pray, exercise or journal? Maybe it’s just simply taking some “me time.” Whatever it may be, find what centers you and make time for that activity.
Finally, protect your schedule. Your time is valuable, so take a close look at what is on your schedule and prioritize accordingly. Don’t let other people – or yourself – waste your time. This ensures you have the time you need to do good work, without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.
There also are steps that you can take as a manager to help others prevent burnout. Prioritize a weekly “check in” with your employees. Make it a conversation and not just a meeting where everyone runs through a to-do list. Take this time to truly empathize and listen to what your employees may be struggling with. Once you listen, then you can work on a solution.
As a manager, it is also important to promote connection and collaboration between employees. Any job feels easier when you have help and support.
Finally, something as simple as expressing appreciation for your employees’ efforts and accomplishments can make a world of difference in their attitude toward work. A simple recognition of hard work or acknowledgement of the importance of someone’s work can help defend against burnout.
Striking A Balance
Juggling present responsibilities with future priorities can be a challenge, but you must stay motivated. To take care of yourself both now and in the future, take steps to prevent burnout so you have the energy to do what you need to do.