It is quite common that many of us pass through a time when we feel drained and demotivated at the workplace, no matter how much we love our jobs. This is what is known as a job workout, and without addressing the issue or finding a solution, we might end up considering quitting, because we confuse a temporarily problem with a permanent loss of passion towards what we do. Burnout at the workplace is a result of accumulated stress that is not dealt with as well as overworking yourself. Since work burnout is increasing lately and can affect not only your job, but also your health, here are our tips on how to overcome this issue.
1. Declutter your workstation. The clutter around your desk will affect your state of mind making you feel your mind is cluttered too. A disorganized workstation filled with piles of unwanted paper and notes will make you feel like there’s a lot to deal with and you will end up overwhelmed.
2. Speak up. A lot of the issues at the workplace start with miscommunication. It is ok to voice your concern when they arise. For example if you were assigned a project within a tight frame – incase it is not an urgent task - instead of just agreeing to do it without expressing your concern on time limitations, discuss with your manager or colleagues how you can either extend the deadline or discuss a work plan that makes it done on time and with less stress.
3. Learn to delegate. One of the main reasons behind work burnout is our inability to delegate. When we overwhelm ourselves with so many tasks because we want to do it our way, we end up drained from having so much to do. This on the long on run affects our quality at work and how we feel towards our job. Delegating tasks to other team members will increase your productivity and ease your stress levels.
4. Take breaks. They don’t have to be long breaks, but make it a habit to move away from the computer every hour for 5 – 10 minutes to walk around the office. Also, use your annual leaves whenever possible to take some time off for yourself to unwind and recharge.
5. Prioritize work-life balance. Not maintaining a work-life balance is one of the main factors behind a job burnout. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat well, and have enough time to spend with your family and friends. Focus on exercising and meditating to help reduce stress levels.