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Personal Development: 4 Ways to Avoid Burning Out at Work by Michelle Rebecca

Posted on the 14 November 2013 by Stacie Walker Stacie @staciewalker

  Personal Development: 4 Ways to Avoid Burning Out at Work

 At some point in time, every adult becomes overwhelmed and overworked. Luckily, there are ways to avoid a total crash and burnout. 

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Contributing Author: Michelle Rebecca

If you're a working adult, it's easy to become overwhelmed by your responsibilities.

Between managing your home and working at your job, you may feel like there's no end to the work you should be doing. Fortunately, though, there are things you can do to maximize your energy and get the most out of your workday. Here are a few effective ways to avoid burning out at work.

1. Take a Relaxing Walk
If you have a ton of work, it's easy to quarantine yourself to your desk and only get up for bathroom breaks. This isn't just unhealthy — it's also bad for productivity. After hours of staring at a screen, your mind naturally starts to drift. The rate at which you get things done goes down because, whether you realize it or not, you get tired of doing the same thing.

Take a Relaxing Walk

Getting up from your desk once an hour or so will keep you productive. Pumping blood through your body will help you feel energized, awake and ready to tackle the next task.

2. Take a Refreshing Lunch
Skipping lunch is one of the worst things you can do for your body during the workday. In a long day at the office your body needs sustenance to keep going. Otherwise, it's easy to feel burned out, tired or cranky. The lunch hour also gives you a much-needed break from your work.

Take Lunch

After taking lunch, you'll hopefully feel refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day. For maximum rejuvenation, go outside during lunch. The change of scenery can do wonders for your mood and outlook.

3. Make a Helpful To-Do List

When you get into the office and turn on your computer, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to do. Sometimes you may have so much work you won't know where to start. That's why many people find it helpful to make a to-do list at the beginning of each day. This list will allow you to organize your workload.

Make a To-Do List

The simple act of making a list can also provide insight into which tasks you should start first.

If you feel overwhelmed, it's often easier to start with the smaller items of business. Then, you can slowly tackle your workload and cross items off the list. Even if you still have a ton of work to do, it can be very satisfying to check items off a to-do list.

4. Stay Positive with the Right Attitude
Sometimes the right attitude can make all the difference in how you feel about the task at hand. We all have bad days at our jobs. Whether you're a heavy equipment operator or an accountant for a pharmaceutical company, there are days where things simply don't go as planned.

Maybe a co-worker suddenly left the company, leaving you with a mountain of work, or maybe you were denied the promotion you applied for. Although it may sound cheesy, thinking positive, upbeat thoughts really will make you feel better. Eventually, you can "trick" your brain into thinking there was nothing wrong in the first place.

Stay Positive

Every obstacle you encounter truly is a learning experience, so don't be discouraged if things don't go as planned. No matter how old you are or what job you're in, there will always be another opportunity for success.

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About the Contributing Author: 

Michelle is a writer, freelancer, and author of her blog Social We Love. She’s written about almost every topic under the sun, and loves constantly learning about new subjects and industries while she’s writing.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs. Follow her onTwitter: @Mich_Rebecca and Google+. 

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