How to re-ignite your passion after burning out - RescueTime Blog
One of the worst things burnout does is to take away the pleasure you once had in your work. And even after recovering you might not recapture the same enthusiasm you once had.
Instead of joy, you start to dread each day and your previous passion and excitement get lost. Cynicism, lack of enthusiasm, and feeling disconnected from your work are some of the key signs of occupational burnout.
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Work is seen as a source of income and a source of identity. This increases the likelihood of burnout, as it makes a failure in one mean a failure in both.
Blurring the lines between personal and professional life leads us to chase unrealistic deadlines, take on overwhelming workloads, and bring work into all other parts of our lives.
A common symptom (and cause) of burnout is a disconnect between what drew you to that position and the realities of the work. There are 3 ways you can regain the engagement you once felt in your job:
Helping others is a common source of satisfaction and happiness at work. This indicates that a positive work environment doesn’t come from salary or perks but from purpose.
Think about the values that got you started down this path in the first place and then rework them into action statements.
Making progress is the most important thing to boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday. Yet, it’s not just making progress that makes us feel better but celebrating it as well.
By tracking your time and your activities you can better see your progress and you are better able to enjoy the road to a goal, instead of just the accomplishment of the goal itself.
A major cause of burnout is feeling like you don’t control your day. Your locus of control is internal if you think you are in control of what happens to you, and external if you think otherwise.
Numerous studies have connected an internal locus of control to higher levels of happiness. To get a sense of control of your time you can try different time management strategies.
A positive work environment relies on transparent and open communications. And when you’re coming back from burnout, it’s important to be as transparent and open as possible.
Transparent communication makes it easier to voice concerns, set realistic goals, and build a supportive culture. So find the medium that works for you and commit to using it each day. The more you share, the more you’ll start to connect with your job.
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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,...
... 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.
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”?
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Burnout can be broken down into three parts:
6 components of the workplace environment that can contribute to burnout:
We end up with burnout when one or more of these areas of our work don’t match our needs.
Chronic psychosocial stress that’s common in people suffering from burnout can impair personal and social functioning as well as overwhelming your cognitive skills and neuroendocrine systems.
Over time the effects of burnout can lead to memory, attention, and emotional problems.
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