3 Steps To Beat Burnout

Published: November 2, 2016
By: Faye Hollands

The chances are you’re suffering from ‘Constant Partial Attention’ syndrome right now and combined with stress, email overload, social media interruptions and a lack of downtime it’s no surprise that so many of us are heading for burnout…

Constant Partial Attention (CPA) syndrome refers to being overwhelmed by all the data that’s thrown at us daily, jumping from one unfinished task to the next and feeling super-busy yet unproductive.

CPA is all about not wanting to miss out on anything, which means that typically mobile’s are always on, we’re constantly plugged in to social media sites, our phones mean we don’t miss out on emails, and we’re on demand 24/7.  It’s exhausting just writing about it!

It’s highly likely that the gadgets you bought to make your life easier are in fact constantly interrupting you with alarms, alerts and buzzing that disrupt your thoughts, productivity and private life!

So what should you do if you’re feeling constantly ‘on demand’ and heading for burnout?  Here are 3 key tips to get you back on the road to recovery: –

1.  Blocking

This isn’t a new concept but the reality is that most people don’t do it.  Blocking is about focusing on completing one task at a time and avoiding all your usual distractions so that you get the job done in the most effective and productive way.

Block out time in your diary to do particular chunks of work, and give those time slots the same respect you would an important client meeting i.e. turn up on time, focus and perform at your best.  Turn your email alert off, put your mobile on silent, log out of Facebook and avoid all other distractions.

Once you cut out all of the other ‘stuff’ going on around you, you’ll be able to give the important tasks in your job or business the attention they deserve, which in turn will improve your productivity significantly and allow you to work in a calmer, more focused state.

2.  Use Your Energy Wisely

If you’re a morning person then plan your day so that you do your most important tasks as soon as you get into work and avoid time-consuming distractions such as email.

This is the time where you are most productive so do the work that really matters instead of wasting time on interruptions.

Similarly, if you work better in the afternoon get the ‘time fillers’ done as soon as you get into the office so that you’re raring to go after lunch.

By working with your natural energy levels you can achieve far more in a shorter space of time, which can help reduce the length of your working day and create more opportunity for #3…

3.  Relax and Recharge

All too often when we’re busy and overwhelmed we cancel the things that actually help reduce stress, such as meeting up with friends or exercising.

Australians are currently working over 1800+ hours a year, making us the hardest working country in the western world, and with some very long commutes this can make for an exhausting day.  However, lack of time should never be an excuse for not looking after yourself, because the benefits are just too valuable to overlook.

It’s important to make a concerted effort to schedule activities that help alleviate the onset of burnout such as exercise, mini-breaks and annual holidays so that you have an opportunity to recharge your batteries and refresh your mind.

These 3 steps can be easily factored into your day, week and month with prior planning, and when you give them the priority they deserve and make them habits rather than one-off behaviors, you’ll start to reap the rewards that a calm and productive mind can bring.

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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