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7 Ways to Get From Burnout to Balance

Stick to your boundaries

Setting professional boundaries doesn’t mean that you have to be super rigid.

Give yourself some flexibility to get involved with new adventures and projects (and understand that sometimes you have no choice but to say “yes” to that urgent task your boss just assigned you). Keep the context in mind. 

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7 Ways to Get From Burnout to Balance

7 Ways to Get From Burnout to Balance

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/337107

entrepreneur.com

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Define balance for yourself

Balance looks different for everyone. It all depends upon what you value at any given time, what you want to achieve, and when you want to achieve it.

But thinking of your career as something standing in opposition to everything else in your world will definitely make you miserable.

What you say 'Yes' to

The wrong move is to say “yes” if you don’t have the available resources to do another task.

If it’s not a ‘hell yes,’ then it’s a ‘no.’ That means if it’s a “maybe,” then it’s a “no.”

Make conscientious choices

... about how you spend your time.  Others will come to value your time only if you value it first.

For example, be aware of the calendar invitations that you accept. If it’s from your boss or client, you probably have to go. But if it’s a group meeting that you could easily catch up on from one of your colleagues, decline.

Start each day with intention

... and away from your inbox.

Stuff always comes up, but giving yourself a foundation, any foundation, on which to construct your priorities for the day will only keep you building a more productive life. You can’t control the chaos, but you can control your response to it.

Stick to your boundaries

Setting professional boundaries doesn’t mean that you have to be super rigid.

Give yourself some flexibility to get involved with new adventures and projects (and understand that sometimes you have no choice but to say “yes” to that urgent task your boss just assigned you). Keep the context in mind. 

Put your phone down

Our phones can be some of the best tools out there, but only if we keep them solidly in that “tools” category of our lives and not make them an obsession.

Practice self-care

... before burnout symptoms arise.

Making time for your emotional wellness is something only you can do. Sure, your friends and family can help you stick to a healthy schedule, but only you can manage your calendar in a way that allows for the practice of self-care every single day. 

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Schedule recurring social activities

Having an active social life is crucial to your health. People who isolate themselves from others could increase their risk of death by about 50 percent. 

If you have a busy life, schedule recurring social activities with your closest friends, monthly.  Plan your work schedule around your social calendar instead of the other way around.

Learn to cope with stress

The key to finding the balance between work and health is learning how to cope with stress.

Get in the habit of stepping away from the stressful situation for a few moments to calm down and collect your thoughts: step away from the computer or spend a few minutes walking outside.

Catch Up With Your Life

Your workaholism means you miss out on other things in life. You are increasing your income at the expense of reducing the time you have to spend enjoying that financial success.

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Treat Your Body

Your body is your most important work tool and break periods provide an ideal opportunity to thoroughly check your body systems.

Don't ignore your body’s subtle signs that rundown is imminent. Things like poor quality of sleep, persistent aches, weight gain, high blood pressure, anxiety, poor eyesight, sleep apnea, depression and increased risk of heart attack and diabetes all are common in those who suffer from acute workaholism.

Treat Your Mind

Stressing your mind with heavy tasks reduces the output and quality of your work. Within your budget, strive to awe yourself with unique activities and you will recover faster from the stress.

It’s also important to take some time to think on the nature and purpose of your work, outside of the pressure of doing the work itself. This can be a restorative therapy to improve the way you approach your business and your career.

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Connect with people emotionally

If you want to intrigue and influence people, you have to get their dopamine pumping.

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Be emotionally curious

Become genuinely interested in other people. A great way to do this is to ask them open-ended questions.

Everyone wants to be liked, loved and accepted. When you fulfill that need for others, you are perceived as being influential.

Use high-powered body language

When you manifest powerful body language, you are seen as more influential. 

The head is held high, the arms are loose, the shoulders are set back and the chest is out. Confident body language not only affects the way others see you but also the way you see yourself. 

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The Relationship Between Goals And Burning Out

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Reorganizing Your Goal Hierarchy

As losing resources is more likely to cause burnout than gaining resources is to mitigate it, dealing with the negative aspects is more beneficial than using positive “band-aid” fixes. You want to drive down uncertainty and inefficiency to ensure that you aren’t doing unnecessary tasks and minimize your emotional exhaustion. To do that:

  1. Create a chart and place your major goal at its top, followed by layers of very specific subgoals needed to attain the major goal.
  2. Find and fix the inefficiencies in your goal hierarchy.
  3. Determine the attainability of each goal.
Burnout Symptoms And Signs Of Exhaustion
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Impaired concentration/ forgetfulness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Increased illness
  • Physical symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Gastrointestinal pain
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal problems.

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Don't waste valuable energy
Don't waste valuable energy

We can't waste valuable energy on mindless activities while putting off what matters most for later.

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Cut out the optional

Being overwhelmed may be the new normal, but taking on too many responsibilities may be watering down our overall impact.

Bring back your focus to what matters most. Work on the projects that are the real game-changers. Delegate the discretionary work and eliminate unnecessary meetings.

Design an action plan

Running a thriving business means understanding how to organize your work by importance and knowing when to delegate.

  • Find your sweet spot. When you consider taking on a project, see if it aligns with your purpose and the organization's broader goals. Ask yourself if you're the right person with the right skillset.
  • Automate. As your company grows, use automation tools for low-level work. It also allows your employees to make more meaningful contributions.
  • Set boundaries. Learn to say no to low-level tasks. Set your own limits about what you'll take on.

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Take a Vacation and Fully Unplug
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Forget Balance, Find Harmony
I think people who say it’s all about work-life balance are wrong. I value finding passion and harmony in my work by being connected to and caring about my team and my customers and making a big difference in their lives. I would burn out way faster working five hours a day at a job that was hurting my soul than I would working 15 hours a day at a job that's feeding my soul.

—Dan Price, Gravity Payments

Know Your Breaking Point
I think most entrepreneurs will tell you it's impossible to unplug—so burnout is almost inevitable. However, it's important to know when you're close to or at a burnout stage. Something as simple as taking a day off, going for a bike ride, or having a fun night out with friends can help to take the edge off.

—Pablo Palatnik, ShadesDaddy.com

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Break down projects

 ... into manageable tasks. 

This way, you're armed with a set of concrete actions to take rather a vague cloud of high expectations.

Define the next action

... rather than all subsequent steps.

Focusing only on the next action gives you permission to work on something even if you don’t have it all figured out—which is crucial to completing tasks that in the past have left you paralyzed.

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Switch places with the receptionist

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Start right away

We get so caught up in researching and thinking about a project that the anxiety to create something great can build up. 

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Focus

If you have a few projects at a time, focus on one. Work with intense focus. Do not allow distractions.

When you feel your motivation slows down, switch to another project.

Prioritize
If we are just ticking things off our to-do list without any order, the important tasks may not get completed.

Determine the urgency of your tasks to figure out which requires priority. 

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The 4 keys to ignite productivity

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  1. Plan ahead when energized
  2. Find a way to minimize distractions
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Plan ahead when energized

Plan ahead for the week, month or year when you are energized and feeling motivated, for better results for getting stuff done.

Outside motivator

If you can’t hold yourself accountable, it’s a good idea to bring in an outside influence.

An accountability partner forces you to acknowledge the ways you’re sabotaging yourself, take personal responsibility and complete that to-do list. 

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