Work makes us all tired.
It can be challenging, rewarding, and exhausting.
But if you find it hard - or even impossible - to get your work done (even when you're well-rested!) being tired might not be your issue.
You might be burnt out.
Burnout is when you've worked so hard toward a goal that you can no longer connect with the motivation, incentive, or creativity needed to continue the work you started.
Symptoms of burnout can be:
Essentially, you've given it your all. And it's hard to stay motivated!
A key sign of burnout is if your lack of productivity, focus, or motivation is present in a specific area of your life - like your job.
For example, if you find yourself lacking joy or focus in your work, with your friends, and with your family, there may be an underlying cause at play.
But if you find yourself enjoying time with friends and family, making progress at a hobby you love, but just unable to be productive at work?
Well, that sounds like burnout.
Some quality time away from work can be a perfect treatment for some burnout symptoms.
While you may have a dream vacation in mind, it's best to start by focusing on small, daily ways you can define more work-free time for yourself.
Make sure you have a ideal start and stop time for your work day. Set an alarm on your phone or an appointment in your calendar so if you work past this timeframe, you are at least aware.
And from there you can judge what work deserves that extra time, and what assignments might be ale to wait until tomorrow.
Part of adhering to your own personal boundaries is being able to communicate them to other people. In the case of work, you have to stand up for yourself and your wellbeing.
Let your colleagues know how you're trying to change your schedule and make sure all expectations and deadlines of any assignment are clearly laid out before anyone gets started.
A major reason for burnout can also be picking up the slack on behalf of other people. Avoid this scenario by clarifying where your responsibilities end and another persons' begin.
Any time you can set aside for yourself and your wellbeing makes all the difference.
Busy schedule? No problem.
Maximize the time you have by making it mindful, relaxing, or therapeutic. Guided journaling offers the chance to reflect, re-focus, and give your mind a rest.
Give journaling a try if:
And then? Watch yourself not just feel better but actually become more productive and better at your job in the long-run.
Because you're not a robot. You need time to rest, recharge, and be human.