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Feeling burned out at work? Here's how you can take back your life.

Find friends outside of work

If your only friends are your friends at work, it'll be more challenging to avoid work on evenings and weekends. If you do have coworkers as close friends, consider setting some boundaries around work talk.

Try to avoid getting drawn into office drama, as it will increase the time you spend talking and thinking about work.

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Feeling burned out at work? Here's how you can take back your life.

Feeling burned out at work? Here's how you can take back your life.

https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/8/30/20836366/work-stress-how-to-talk-to-boss-millennial-burnout

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The signs of burnout

  • You dread going to work in the morning.
  • You show up late or find reasons to leave early.
  • You feel bored or don’t want to engage with the work when you’re there.
  • You’re complaining about work a lot.
  • You check your work email first thing in the morning and before you go to bed.
  • You plan all your vacations, so you are always available in case they suddenly need you.
  • You’re having frequent work dreams and nightmares.

Find friends outside of work

If your only friends are your friends at work, it'll be more challenging to avoid work on evenings and weekends. If you do have coworkers as close friends, consider setting some boundaries around work talk.

Try to avoid getting drawn into office drama, as it will increase the time you spend talking and thinking about work.

Speak up

Speak up when your workload is too much. Tell your boss if you are stretched too thin or when you regularly work too many hours. Talk about what you can reasonably get done in a week.

Also, don't say yes to everything. If you have a hard time saying no, don't respond immediately. Instead say, "Let me get back to you", or, "Let me think about that."

Log off

  • Use separate apps for work email and personal email so you don't accidentally look at work emails on your weekends.
  • Move your email app into a harder-to-access folder so you don't open them out of habit.
  • If you can't resist working in unscheduled hours, wait to send non-urgent emails until working hours.
  • Inform your colleagues about your intention so they adjust their expectations.

Consider leaving

If the nature of your industry is causing daily stress or you're putting in 80-hour weeks, and you still can't manage to complete your work, it might be worthwhile to change companies or careers. And that is fine.

Think about what you want your life to look like in a few years. Consider how you would feel if nothing changed.

Say yes

After a productive and long day of work, remember to say yes to the activities that contribute to your overall well-being.

Eat something nourishing, move your body, do something relaxing to make you feel more human.

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Find a Support System

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Scour your network for people in the same industry, reach out to mentors, and even ask close friends or co-workers for their honest opinions. 

When you’re feeling overwhelmed

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Reduce your energy

If you’re actively feeling overwhelmed you first need to calm downClose your eyes for a minute. Focus on breathing deeply. Count your breaths. An alternative is to get a little physical exercise. Take a walk.

The combination of the exercise and the separation from your workspace for a short period of time can help you to get into the zone to get work done.

Focus

Start by finding a high-priority task that you feel you can complete in a short period of time. Clear the decks for action and put away any other distractions.

Now, get to work. If you’re still having trouble concentrating, then just try to get a 5-10 minute burst of activity done. Find the smallest piece of the task that you can accomplish and get that done. 

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Redefine Success

Reconsider how you define success. Workaholics are always aiming to get ahead. But you also need to draw a boundary line that shows respect for your family life, and your physical and spiritual well-being.

Refocus Your Attention

After you have redefined success, consider how you want to invest your time and energy. 

There will always be more work to be done, but make a choice to spend your time elsewhere: with family, friends, or in your community. And when you spend time with your family or friends, do so with undivided attention.

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During this allotted break, give yourself permission to do time-wasting activities (social media scrolling included) until you got bored and want to move on to your next task. 

Divide Your Day Into Themes

And if your job isn’t ideal for focusing on one thing per day, you can dedicate your morning to one focus area, your early afternoon to another, and late afternoon to another.

This way, instead of being overly restrictive about finishing a task in that time period, you have the flexibility to do any work that moves you forward in that particular focus area.

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Name your limits

You can’t set good boundaries if you’re unsure of where your limits are.

Identify what you can permit and accept and what makes you feel uncomfortable or stressed.

Tune into your feelings

There are two key feelings that are red flags that you are letting go of your boundaries.

  • Discomfort. Ask yourself what is causing the discomfort.
  • Resentment. Resentment usually comes from being taken advantage of or not appreciated.
Be direct

With some people, maintaining healthy boundaries doesn’t require a direct and clear-cut dialogue.

There are other times you might need to be frank, such as with those who have a different personality or cultural background.

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  • Elevate tasks that others don't see as important, but you are extremely motivated about
  • Delegate all procedural, low-value and low-energy tasks to someone else. If that is not possible, try to minimize or eliminate such work.
Flag Your Priorities

Take ownership and reclaim your time, choosing where you can best spend your time and energy.

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  5. Prioritize your top values.

  6. Reaffirm your values. 

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Objectify The Problem

Start journaling, asking specific questions to bring the main issue in focus, to get organized and gain clarity. Ask yourself these four questions:

  1. What feels wrong?
  2. How can the problem be defined?
  3. What are the fears with regards to making changes?
  4. What actions can be taken that would improve the situation?

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