Overworked & Overwhelmed?: Hustle but do not follow the scary path of burnout

Working to the point of exhaustion may prove counterproductive

Being always on the move and trying to be successful in a competitive world can be really stressful. Probably, we have all been in that place where we have faced the pressure of trying to prove ourselves by giving it everything. Haven’t we?

We choose to pack in every single day with everything – from work, to social commitments, health, even a second job sometimes… but it can have adverse effects.

Whether it is a college degree, a job, or even a business, once you step out, you realize that the competition is neck-breaking and it is only through excelling in certain areas that you can be assured of success.

However, this also puts everyone on a dangerous path. There have been surveys and research which have found out that millennials are the most stressed-out in workplaces and that is because they refuse to take a break.

This high level of stress only makes the individuals unproductive adding to their troubles. What most of us do not realize is that going for a short vacation once in a while, spending time alone, being with your loved ones, or participating in other recreational activities only helps in rejuvenating us mentally and physically keeping us focused on the work while we are at it.

The companies have a leave policy because they want their employees to take occasional breaks from work and then come back refreshed and energized. Another thing which causes a burnout is having unrealistic expectations.

We want to succeed and we want it badly. So much that we forget that everyone has a unique set of qualities and there is a limit to how much a person can achieve in a particular time.


So what can we do?

The best way is to manage your work smartly. Take up the work you know you can complete within the stipulated time. Do not hesitate in taking a break whenever you feel you have reached a level that you cannot concentrate on the work anymore.

Communicate with people around you, ask for help whenever you need it and find ways to bring down the stress. Take a vacation and go to the places you have always wanted to visit. More importantly, learn to delegate the work to others. If you are working on something of your own, find a team and divide the work instead of trying to micromanage everything.

It is possible that you are putting too much stress on trying to remember things. In such a case, technology can be your saviour. Use it to set reminders and carefully planning your day so that you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything. A simple app can serve as your personal secretary.

Set smaller targets that are achievable in the short-run. Completing these targets will give you a sense of satisfaction and security, taking away the unnecessary frustration. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. And most importantly, find joy in what you do. Work hard but also work smart.

Do you think that you have also been on the path of burnout? Please share your experiences with us by commenting below.

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