Everyone has to deal with burnout at some point. Between long hours, demanding clients, and a never-ending pile of work, eventually, it can all become too much to handle. And in this economy, there's no reprieve: Workers are more likely than ever to skip their vacations, fearing that if their bosses find out they can live without them for two weeks, they might be able to survive without them, period.
There is no regular downtime when it comes to serving the needy and fundraising to keep a nonprofit organisation running—this never-ending demand means constant deadlines and a steady stream of emergencies.
How to Deal with it.
Schedule Time Off. Plan breaks around deadlines, even if it is only part of a day.
Prioritise. Focus on what's really important.
Take Some Time to Think. Diarise time to do deadline-free work.
A common misconception of business travel life is that it is like going on vacation. Most business trips are the exact opposite, and most business travelers are workaholics. After a long day of travel or work, the average road warrior returns to their hotel room and logs an hour or six in front of a laptop or tablet.
In Japan, they have a condition called "karoshi". Karoshi means "death due to overwork" and it is common enough that they actually have an organization for it, the National Defense Counsel for Victims of Karoshi. The group claims nearly 10,000 Japanese die from overwork each year.