SOLUTION: IMPLEMENT A NEW BEDTIME ROUTINE AND STICK TO IT
To log those hours of much-needed rest, set a hard sleep time, and stick to it. Power down devices at least an hour before your scheduled bedtime. Before hopping into bed, implement a relaxing sleep routine (like drinking a cup of caffeine-free tea and reading a good book under a weighted blanket).
If necessary, listen to meditation apps like Calm or white-noise machines, which can be timed to shut off on their own after you’re already snoozing. To clear your mind, take 15 minutes at the end of each workday to make a to-do list for the next day.
PROBLEM: YOU’RE BURNING OUT
Chronic stress can quickly lead to burnout. Burnout can affect job performance and home life. If you’re seeing signs of burnout like exhaustion, lack of motivation, and even cognitive and physical problems, it’s time to take action. Ideally, you’ll make small changes in your life before reaching this point, but there are ways to recover from work burnout if you’ve already hit a wall.
SOLUTION: WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER
It’s possible to arrange your life for greater happiness. Identify your priorities, and learn how to say “no” to anything that doesn’t align with your work or personal goals. You’ll find more time to focus on job tasks and activities outside of work that truly spark joy. Protect your time by respectfully declining the offer to serve on an extra work committee or run the school bake sale.
Pare down your workday to the most essential and rewarding job tasks, and schedule personal obligations and social time in your calendar, too. Otherwise, you’ll become too burned out to fully appreciate any part of your life, even work.
PROBLEM: YOU CAN’T FOCUS
While attempting to juggle a multitude of tasks between our work and personal lives, it’s easy to lose focus and motivation. It could also be the job responsibilities or the physical space that prevent us from doing our best work. If we can’t focus on the task at hand, it can be difficult to move forward successfully.