He wakes up in the morning. Gets ready for office hesitantly. Least interested in family talks and breakfast. Spend time in office like dragging towards the end of the day. Come home with remaining work. After having dinner with a silent and arrogant mode he gets back to his work and fell asleep in the middle of the night without finishing the work.
This is the routine of let’s name him “Asif”. Asif often indulges in arguments fiercely with his wife at home and juniors in office. Does not pay attention to his loving wife and children. He either avoids talking by focusing on work or vent his anger on either wife or children.
Asif facing this situation for almost six months which led him having no interest in personal and professional life. From his efforts, he seems to be doing good. However, in reality, his life is worsening day by day.
This is the story of an employee of a company who is going through with “burnout” phase. I believe you also have gone through this phase at some point in your life. Might be you are going through with this phase that is why you stop by this article.
While looking for the solutions to come out of burnout phase we should also make an effort to know what causes burnout in your professional life.
There are many factors that take you to the burnout phase. The list goes as follows:
You are in the profession that you don’t like
First and foremost factor of burnout situation is that you are not in the profession that you like to spend your life in. You wake up lazily and drag yourself to the office. Work on the assigned project while cursing yourself to be in the profession.
And of course, abusing your boss in your mind for the mistakes that your boss did not make. Because it is you who chose to be in the profession that you are in.
You have two options to avoid this factor. One is to do what you love. Second is love what you do.
Warren Buffett once said, “Take a job that you love.” Taking a job that you love is easier than trying to love what you do. Because, if you forcefully like what you do (i.e. uninterested to you) you will lose your interest at some point in your career.
You are spending too much time at work
One of the biggest myths many professionals possess that doing more will generate more and better results. However, the reality is contrary to this. There are some research and techniques that advocates doing less and getting more.
Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto discovered principle called Pareto Principle which explains how 20% of your efforts can generate 80% result.
The principle says, 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results. 20% of your customers will account for 80% of your sales. 20% of your products or services will account for 80% of your profits. 20% of your tasks will account for 80% of the value of what you do, and so on.
Don’t carry your work home at all. You should log off after leaving office. In case, if you have to then fix a time to get your work done so that you do not waste your after office hours in hustle and bustle. This will ruin your life.
You don’t see any improvement in your work
you do not see the desired improvement in your work because of two reasons. One is that you don’t like your work. Second is that you are unable to manage your tasks. This gives you burnout and you start cursing yourself and everyone.
Instead, as discussed above, try to do what you love or love what you do if possible. Moreover, do not get bewildered while trying to do all the tasks at a time. Make a habit of listing down all the tasks you have to do in a day. This way you can get your tasks done without hassle mind.
You don’t do anything to refresh your mind and body
Being workaholic is not the sign of successful professionals. It is the indication that you are destroying your personal and professional life. You work round the clock. When you lie on the bed to sleep you regret for unable to complete a project or having seen no improvement in your work. It is because you do not have any activity to refresh your mind, soul and body amidst your busy schedule.
You may be busy in your profession to achieve extraordinary. However, you should have some activities that can help you to refresh and recharge yourself. This will help you to perform better in your personal and professional lives.
You may play an outdoor game. Go for a walk every day. You can also follow your hobbies such as reading books and writing poetries.
Prayer is the proven to be the most helpful tool for refreshment. That is why Islam has five times prayer in a day. Since it is mandatory, you will have to manage time for five-time prayer. Prayer helps you to distance yourself from work (that has been frustrating you) for few minutes. Moreover, it gives you peace and reduces stress.
“… Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured,“ [Quran, 13: 28]
You have not been on a vacation for a long time
You are so busy in your professional life that you don’t realise that you are destroying your professional and personal lives by working round the clock for many days.
“The core problem with working longer hours is that time is a finite resource. Energy is a different story,” said Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy.
Take a break. Go on a vacation. Get you and your work rest. Spend Time with nature and family. You will feel much relieved. This will boost your energy to perform better at work. Moreover, this strengthens your relationship with family which is most important for peaceful and happy life.
Now, you might be thinking that all these tips sound good in words but are tough when it comes to actually practice them. However, if you actually make a final decision to follow them then you will find them easier to inculcate them in your life.