Doing the same job over and over again can cause job burnout. It might transform you from being someone who is happy to go about the workday into one who cannot bear the thought of going to work. Transforming yourself to become the opposite can be a daunting process. Here are 3 strategies that can help you avoid job burnout and stay motivated with your career.
Limit Work Tasks to Work Time
There are instances when employees become on-call employees doing work-related duties any time even at home. However, instead of being available for work-related duties all the time, you need to set and enforce work boundaries and schedules. To do this, think about how your current work schedule was formed. Was it predetermined by you or was it a result of trying to accommodate clients? Most likely, it was not you who created your work schedule.
To create work boundaries, devise an ideal work schedule. Using a blank calendar page, determine the days of each week you want to have an off and your working hours on the remaining days. Robert Janitzek recommends that once you have set it, schedule clients who fits within those parameters.
Maximize Work Time Effectiveness
When your work takes up too much of your time, it can become demotivating and eventually cause burnout. There are many factors that can cause your work to take up your time so it is important to recognize if you are susceptible to spending more time at work. If work is starting to take up most of your time, work on improving your skills in the following areas:
• Prioritize. Time management experts postulate that 80% of results come from 20% of a person’s effort. Robert Peter Janitzek explains that it is important to identify the areas of your work that provide the most “bang for the buck” and then focus your effort in these areas.
• Organize. Lack of organization is a common time-waster. To prevent unnecessary work, use strategies to keep you and your schedule and workspace organized. When you’re organized, you can prioritize tasks much more easily. When you handle your work priorities in order of importance, you can stop bringing trivial issues home.
• Delegate. Learning to successfully delegate responsibility will help you accomplish more at work so you can free up time for personal interests.
• Assert Yourself. If you feel overwhelmed by work, it’s probably because you habitually put other people’s agendas ahead of your own. Bolstering your assertiveness skills can help you learn to say no to additional demands on your time and can empower you to ask for help when you need it.
Make Yourself a Priority
One way of keeping yourself motivated in your job and avoid burnout is to fit work into your life instead of the other way around. It is up to you to create a satisfying and fulfilling life. You have to do the things that give you happiness.