How to Avoid Burnout at Work

2313 Inc. How to Avoid Work Bunrout

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Just like a light bulb human beings are susceptible to burnout. It happens for a variety of reasons, but most often there’s a very simple reason. You forgot to take care of yourself. Burnout starts simply—so simply you may not notice it.

One morning you decide you don’t have time for breakfast so you substitute a healthy meal and a moment of reflection with a donut and a sugary coffee drink on your commute.

At home you have chores to do and family and friends who require your time and attention. In order to complete all of your tasks you decide to stay up late to finish a project. You cut back on your sleep. You may choose to wake up early to get a head start on the day.

Over time you will begin to build up a sleep deficit and that will have a negative impact on your ability to concentrate. Your productivity at work will suffer. The quality of your relationships with your colleagues, family, and friends will also lose their rewarding quality, and eventually become an exhausting chore. Burnout can lead to physical exhaustion and illness if you don’t pay attention to the demands on your time.

It’s not uncommon for people who are motivated to engage each opportunity they encounter with their full attention and energy to stumble into burnout. However, there’s a problem with this behavior. You can’t engage fully in your success if you’re energy has been depleted over time and you don’t the time to recharge your batteries.

The solution to burnout is simple. Pay attention to your behavior at work and at home. Here are some things to remember so you won’t get caught up in burnout:

  • Don’t overpromise. Only agree to do what you can do with the time and resources you have. This doesn’t mean you stretch in order to learn. Stretch thoughtfully.
  • Don’t create unreasonable goals at work and in your personal life. Remember to use your common sense. If it doesn’t feel right then reconsider your process. Do you create unreasonable goals for yourself at work and in your personal life?
  • Use problem-solving skills to break down large goals into more reasonable, smaller goals. Take one step at a time and you will reach your goal.
  • Schedule personal time so that you can relax and retain your good health and positive outlook.
  • Forgive yourself for making mistakes. Don’t keep it a secret. Let people know what happened. Fix it. Let it go.
  • Ask for help when you need it. Help someone when they ask you for help. Remember, success is a team effort.
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Leader Spotlight: Ashley Glenn

Leadership Spotlight Ashley Glenn

2313 Inc.’s own Ashley Glenn!

Leader Spotlight is a chance to get to know a leader at 2313 Inc, including their background and why they deserve the recognition they have earned!

This week’s leadership spotlight focuses on Ashley Glenn! She graduated from Albion College in May 2015 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Management. She played Lacrosse and was the captain of her team for 2 years, earning several honors and awards during her time there.

Ashley joined 2313 Inc. at the start of June 2015, and was promoted in the beginning of July 2015. She was even able to earn a spot to go with the team to the a national conference in Nashville, TN. In her two months of being with the company, Ashley has brought an amazing work ethic and attitude, and has shown an ability to take on new responsibilities week after week without question. She was recently recognized by her peers for demonstrating behaviors that 2313 Inc. values. We are really excited about Ashley’s future and appreciate all of her hard work and dedication to making our company great.

Favorite Quotes: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

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Congratulations to Ashley on earning a Leadership Spotlight!