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Enough Is Enough: The Key To Avoiding Burnout

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Enough Is Enough: The Key To Avoiding Burnout
The key to avoiding burnout is to do just enough every day. While that advice is simple, it's challenging to apply because life is complex.

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Avoiding Burnout

Avoiding Burnout

Just doing enough every day, even if it is not the whole list, is the key to avoiding burnout. Being 100 percent productive does not mean working 18 hours a day without a break.

Not working, relaxing, or calling it quits is part of the process of work, after we figure out what is ‘enough’ for us.

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The Minimum Output Level

  • We need to find a key measurement figure of the minimum output we need to churn out in a particular time, like daily, weekly or monthly, and stick to that.
  • We need to set realistic goals that give us control (and not drive us crazy) while breaking it down to daily action items that are doable without much thought.
  • We also need to enjoy the day, working on multiple projects and stress-free activities that provide rest and energy.

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Burnout Avoidance By Saying NO

  • The needs we have, like building a new house, or working out every day, growing our business, or getting a promotion is endless and always there in front of us.
  • The key is to have a happy life, and we need to focus on what we want to get out of life, which at its core isn’t that much.
  • The way to find a holistic middle path and avoid burnout is to do less and optimize your life to be fulfilling and meaningful.

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William Penn

"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst".

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Time anxiety

Time anxiety is the feeling that you have not done enough to meet your goals or that you're not using the time you do have effectively.

Time anxiety is more than feeling overwhelmed at times - it haunts your days and causes you to procrastinate on essential tasks.

Your relationship with time changes

The irony is the more we focus on the limited time we do have, the more restricted our time feels.

Time had little impact on us as children. We used to spend our days with mostly unstructured games and learning. As we became teenagers, time started to gain importance. As adults, time becomes an essential and scarce resource that we have to attempt to control.

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Understand your limitations

Burnout occurs when job demands consistently outweigh the resources available. The first thing you need to do is to set proper limits.

When you limit your time spent on specific tasks,...

Learn to say no

 ... especially to projects and clients that suck the creativity out of you.

When your mental resources are limited, you need to make sure they’re going to the right tasks. Burnout decimates your motivation, making working on projects you’re uninterested in an agonizing process.

Finding a creative outlet

Find a completely unrelated creative outlet: look for a creative task with lower stakes to help ease you back into things and re-ignite your creativity and motivation.

What are the things in your own life that you enjoy but aren’t necessarily “productive”? 

Burnout is not the same as tired

Burnout is job-induced depression.

When you suffer from burnout, 

  • you become chronically exhausted
  • you become cynical and detached from...

3 Secrets to avoid burnout

  • Be Optimistic. Confronted by a bad situation, optimists perceive it as a challenge and try harder.
  • Find Meaning In What You Do. When you find true meaning in your work — when it’s not a job, it’s a calling — you don’t burn out.
  • Double Down On Relationships. Those who increase their social activity when things get hard handles stress the best.