Avoid Burnout: Achieving Work-Life Balance
In this struggling economy, many employees feel fortunate to have jobs right now. But the fact is that recession-induced layoffs at some companies have left remaining employees responsible for larger workloads. Though juggling the demands of your career and personal life is an ongoing challenge, try these helpful tactics to avoid burnout and find the right work-life balance that works for you.
Keep track of your time. For one week, write down all of the time you spend on work and personal activities. Then, take a look at your list and decide what is most important and also what you enjoy doing the most. Cut other tasks that are unnecessary or unfulfilling, and delegate other tasks that need to get done.
It’s OK to say “No” sometimes. You can’t be everything for everyone, and remember that it’s perfectly fine to respectfully say, “no.” Learn to stop doing things out of a false sense of obligation, and you’ll make more room in your life for the things that matter most.
Ask for help when you need it. If you’re feeling overworked and burnt out, take your concerns to your employer and ask if flexible solutions like a compressed work week or the option to telecommute on certain days are possible.
Leave your bad day at the office. This is hard sometimes, especially on particularly challenging days, but it’s important to avoid taking your work stress home. After a bad day, take a deep breath, make a to-do list so you’re not thinking about your work all night, and go home. Spending time relaxing with family or friends can go a long way toward recharging your batteries.