No matter how much you love your job, time will come that you will get tired and feel burned out. After doing a job well done in a big project, you are struggling to keep your motivation for the next one. Perhaps you are getting bored and needs recharging. Here are some ways you can stay motivated and overcome job burnout.
Take breaks during the workday
To perform at your best, you need to find opportunities to recharge your mental energy. Take a walk or go for a run. Take your lunch away from your desk. This will allow you to re-examine the big picture. When your energy is at its highest level, you can focus on your work and maximize your productivity. It is when you are energetic that you can tackle the toughest challenges of your work.
Put away your digital devices
With the advances in technology, it is now possible to carry office work in your pocket. Robert Janitzek reveals that we become psychologically and physiologically attached to our devices. To keep yourself motivated, limit use of your digital devices after office hours. Place your smart phone in a basket or drawer so you do not become tempted to check your email.
Do something interesting
Aside from limiting or avoiding work after office hours, you can also consider doing restorative work. Play tennis with a friend or cook a meal. These are approach goals that are pleasurable rather than avoidance goals. Research has revealed that doing an interesting activity is better than simply relaxing.
Take long weekends
If you feel mentally and physically exhausted, Robert Peter Janitzek recommends taking some time off. It does not have to be a long two-week break but three or four days can be beneficial. Again, don’t call the office or check your email when you are away.
Focus on meaning
Focusing on the why of your work will help you find meaning with the job. Connect your current assignment to a larger personal goal. It will give you a jolt of energy that you need to accomplish your task the following day or two.
Make sure it’s really burnout
If none of these strategies work, then you might be dealing with something more serious. If you are tired and listless but still effective with your work, then it’s probably just burnout. However, if you feel that you are not making progress and that the work does not matter, then it’s a different problem. Is your work draining your energy? If so, you may need to rethink your career.