Burnout on the job is very real these days. People are both overworked and overwhelmed. They keep saying something has to change, but they are unclear about what that could be short of leaving the position.

While resigning is certainly an option, it may not be a viable one or a wise one. So if walking out of the door can’t happen now, then what?

You can incorporate certain choices and strategies into every workday. Try some or all of the following 10 tips — they could provide just enough change to refresh you without making a major move:

 

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Start the work day by getting yourself grounded

Determine what you need to do to calm your body, mind and spirit. Develop a 20-minute ritual. Engage in yoga, meditation or prayer. Eat a healthy breakfast. Hum a song you love. Read a meaningful passage from a book. Exercise. Empty your head. These are some ideas, but not an exclusive list.

 

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Be clear about your priorities 

While you may think you have 50 priorities to deal with today, you actually have much fewer. Identify them before you get out of bed each morning. To do this you have to be realistic. What three or five things absolutely have to happen today? What are the consequences if they don’t? Organise your day around those carefully chosen priorities. You will feel good when you achieve them.

 

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Sweep away mental clutter

Schedule at least 15 minutes twice a day to do this. It will relax the mind, and you will look forward to these periods as sacred time. No matter what you are working on, lay it aside and close your eyes. Give yourself permission to daydream or to think about nothing. Breathe deeply, and become aware of how your muscles loosen up. Massage your scalp and forehead.

 

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Reduce your “open door policy” time

If you are supervising staff and feel you need to be accessible to them all day long, it is time to revise your thinking. While you do need to be available as a resource, you can set boundaries around it. Decide to close your door for half an hour each day, and let employees know that, unless there’s an emergency, you don’t want to be interrupted during that time.

 

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Set aside 30 minutes per week for visioning

One of the most energising exercises you can do is allow yourself the opportunity to think about the future: yours and the company’s. Lean back in your chair and take stock of what is going well, what isn’t going well, what can be done to relieve the problems, and what else you could contribute to enhance your experience in the organisation. Be creative. Avoid limiting thoughts and ideas.

 

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Find a new way to deal with mundane tasks 

If you have always filed paperwork first thing in the morning, try doing it before you go home at the end of the day. Instead of being distracted by incoming e-mails every few minutes, position yourself so that you don’t see the computer screen for an hour or more. If you don’t like establishing your calendar daily, do it weekly. The point is to do things differently from how you usually do them, no matter how slight the shift.

 

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Decorate or redecorate your workspace

Consider adding an interesting plant, or bring a bouquet of flowers to the office occasionally. Change the colour scheme if possible. Bring photos from home and arrange them on top of the desk or credenza. Turn a bulletin board into a work of art. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make these little additions. Just focus on making your space more interesting, more soothing and more comfortable.

 

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Limit the number of interruptions

Although this is not always possible, it is more possible than you may imagine. Schedule brief intervals throughout the day when people may interrupt you to get their needs met. Publicise those times. As a result of “planning” your interruptions, you will get more work done more effectively.

 

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Delegate tasks 

Our egos tell us we have to do everything ourselves. That is simply not true. Learn to identify what you absolutely must take care of yourself, and look for opportunities to delegate the rest of it to others who are capable of handling it.

This is not about using people; it’s about managing your time responsibly. Make a list of everything currently on your plate, then mark the tasks that staff or peers can easily do.

 

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Know when enough is enough

This means knowing when to turn out the light. Arriving at work at 7.30am and leaving at 8pm on a regular basis is a crazy way to live. In fact, it’s not a life at all. It’s a mere existence, and a guarantee for burning yourself out.

If you are doing this, ask yourself why. Are you disorganised, unproductive or just wasting time? What’s the root cause of such long hours? You need to figure out why you continue to function like this and take steps to stop it.

 

Making some of these changes in your life will help ease your stress levels and keep burnout at bay.

Article by Sylvia Hepler, owner and president of Launching Lives. She is an executive coach whose mission is to support corporate and non-profit executives and business owners as they solve problems, develop leadership skills, and increase balance in their lives. For more information, e-mail Sylvia@launchinglives.biz or visit www.launchinglives.biz. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Sylvia_Hepler