How to Handle Job Burnout

    By Lisa Swan | Small Business

    It used to be that you looked forward to going to work. Now the only thing you look forward to about your job is when you leave it at the end of the day.  You feel unhappy at work, you’re burned out, and it’s spilling over to your personal life. But does this mean you are burned out at your career, your company, or both? And what can you do about it? Here are a few tips:

    Analyze your job tasks

    Take an objective look at what you do in your job, and what you spend time on. Write it down, and see what is really necessary. There is the possibility that you can figure out things to cut so that you don’t have to stay so late at work, and that you can be more efficient at what you are doing. Stop continuing to do certain things just because you have always done them that way. For example, some people still print out emails instead of simply saving them in their email archive folders!  Also, if you have staff you manage, think about delegating things to them. There is no need to be a martyr and do everything.

    Writing down what you do at work is also important, because it may remind you of what you actually enjoy. You may have forgotten your passions in the midst of feeling so overwhelmed.  If you can do more things you like, and fewer things you don’t like, you may feel fired up about your job again.

    Take a vacation

    You need to get away if you can, on a real vacation. That means a vacation where you can relax, leave town if you are able, and not think about work, instead of just sitting at home still fielding calls on your job and having to check office email every five minutes. Having a little time off is critical. Even if you cannot take a full vacation, at least try to get a long weekend, and have it one that is free of work responsibilities.

    Try to establish better work-life balance

    If you feel that all you do is work, think about work, and dread going back to work, it’s no wonder that you may feel burned out. Instead, try to keep your work life at work, and your home space sacred. And really use your personal time to do things you enjoy. It is important that you have a life outside of work that you can enjoy when things are down.

    Take better care of yourself

    Don’t forget to eat right, exercise, get enough sleep and do positive things for yourself. What happens all too often when people feel burned out is that they neglect positive self-care because they either don’t have the energy for it, or because they think they deserve to eat whatever they want and veg out in front of the TV due to their stressful work life.

    Instead, why not take better care of yourself? Eating better, exercising, and getting enough sleep will give you more energy for your life. This can help you feel more positive about your job and your life. You an also talk to a life coach to learn more on how to do so.

    Get another job – or decide on another career

    It may be that your current job situation is hopeless, with a boss who can’t – or won’t — help you manage all you have to do. Then that will tell you something about whether this current workplace is right for you.  Maybe if you worked elsewhere, you would not feel burned out.

    But it also might be that you are burned out on your career, and need a change.  If so, don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead, give some thought as to what it is you want to do next. It could ultimately be a great adventure for you.

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