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9 Signs You Are Suffered from Burnout At Work

9 Signs You Are Suffered from Burnout At Work

Everyone works. It’s kind of like a club that we’re all a part of together. Working, in and of itself, isn’t so bad but when you start overworking, that’s when things can get bad. Have you been overworking? Here are some signs that it’s time to take a break.

1. You’re making small mistakes

Did you proofread that business report and find a small typo? Or worse, did you give that business report to your boss who spotted a small typo? When we work too much, our brains just kind of stop paying the amount of attention that they’re supposed to. The result are small errors that you make everywhere that you normally wouldn’t make. It could happen to anyone too. Did you put sour cream on that taco supreme that the customer specifically asked that you keep off? Did you make a silly mistake editing a video? Everyone gets overworked and small mistakes can happen anywhere. If they’re happening to you, it’s time to take a break.

2. You feel overwhelmed

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    Have you gone into work, sat down, looked at your to-do list, and just want to start crying? We’ve all been there. Being overwhelmed is a common sign that it’s time to take a break from the job and go find a beach with an abundance of fruity drinks. Even if it’s a relatively normal day and you still feel overwhelmed, it’s time for a vacation.

    3. You’re tired all the time

    If just walking into the building brings about the sudden and irrepressible urge to go nap in a closet somewhere, then you’ve had just about enough. When you have been working too long without a break, you start walking in every day in a haze of exhaustion. This is also a cause for things like the small mistakes we talked about earlier. A well rested worker is a happy worker and that means you need some rest.

    4. You’re irritable

    There comes a point where even the usual actions of your coworkers start to tick you off. The thought of the daily grind makes you roll your eyes in derision and you’re in a bad mood before anything even happens to you. If that sounds like you, it’s time to put in a request for those vacation hours.

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    5. You suffer from insomnia

    Between the stress of the job, being irritable, and thinking about all those mistakes, you’re likely pretty stressed out. This can lead to sleepless nights, nights of tossing and turning, and trouble falling asleep. This can lead to literally everything we’ve already discussed because a good night’s rest is essential to the every day worker. If you’re so out of sorts that you can’t even sleep it off, call up HR and see when you can go to Cancun.

    6. You can’t focus

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      Do you spend half of your shift on your phone playing the latest game fad or checking your social media? Do you look at your computer screen and the words just sort of blur? Being able to focus is essential to doing good work and if you’re having trouble focusing then you’re having trouble doing good work. It’ll reflect on your performance and people will begin to wonder if you’re cut out for that job. Do yourself a favor and take a week to yourself to recuperate.

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      7. You begin neglecting other things

      Is your significant other mad at you for being at work all the time? When was the last time you sat down to participate in your favorite hobby? When you’re overworked and need a break, everything suffers. You have to focus all of your energy on work because you’re so distracted and stressed and that means you don’t have energy or time for the other things in your life that matter. It would actually be a good vacation idea to pay some attention to those things. Just saying.

      8. You don’t have any motivation

      When you feel good, you work hard. You offer to do the harder jobs and you do them well. When it’s time for you to take a vacation, you’ll find that you’re not volunteering as much. The work you get assigned seems to take forever to do. You want to take frequent breaks and you don’t want to work. If your motivation is at an all time low, maybe it’s time you had some alone time.

      9. You don’t have ambition

      By far the worst case of being exhausted is your lack of ambition. You may not be thinking of your long term goals anymore because you’re focusing on the day-to-day grind. Your dreams to move up the company ladder or find your dream job seem like a distant memory. If your priorities have fallen out of order, you need to take a time out to go re-learn what you really want.

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      When it’s time to take a break from work, you’ll feel it all over. Physically you will feel like dirt and mentally will be just as bad or worse. Going to work every day is important but taking a break every now and then is equally important. Don’t hesitate to take some time off if it means you’ll be a better worker next week.

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      Last Updated on February 25, 2020

      15 Personal Goals for Work to Help You Succeed

      15 Personal Goals for Work to Help You Succeed

      It’s easy to blend into the crowd at work. The majority of workers choose to settle for mediocrity and anonymity; especially if they work in a large or virtual work environment. It’s much easier to go to work every day and contribute just enough to meet your job’s requirements than it is to leave a lasting impression on your coworkers.

      What isn’t easy is standing out.

      By setting personal goals for work, you can intentionally work towards getting noticed which will propel you towards getting your dream job.

      Do not settle for mediocrity and do not settle for anonymity. Dream big and stand out from the crowd. Here are 15 examples of personal goals for work to help you stand out from your coworkers and lead a successful career.

      1. Self-Mastery

      Self-Mastery is all about deepening your awareness of your skills, strengths and weaknesses. Once you identify what makes you unique and what you’re most passionate about, use that awareness to develop your skills even further.

      Use your awareness of your weaknesses to identify areas of improvement. By practising your self-awareness in these areas, you will demonstrate an ability to self regulate your development and growth.

      2. Being Grateful for Where You Are

      Take a moment and reflect on how hard you worked to get where you are today.

      How many times did you apply to your job? How many interviews did you go through? How many hours have you put in?

      You’ve worked hard to get to where you are today. Be grateful of all of the hard work you’ve put in to get you where you are today.

      By practising gratitude, you open yourself up to receive what’s next.

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      3. Staying Excited for What’s Next

      The perfect vibrational stance to be in to be actively working towards your goals is to practice gratitude for your current situation and to feel excitement for what’s coming next.

      Expect better things to come. Anticipate that you will accomplish your goal and that you’re working towards your dream job. Be open to receiving what’s coming your way next.

      4. Celebrating Each Others’ Differences

      As coworkers, we all bring different strengths to a team environment. Introverts bring deep thought to current issues and extroverts do well in busy meetings and discussions. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is an excellent measurement of personality differences and brings an interesting review of your team’s personalities interact with each other.

      If possible, request to have an MBTI done with your coworkers so that you can learn more about your similarities and differences; or recognize the differences in your team’s personalities and appreciate that they each contribute different values to the group.

      5. Using Your Team’s Differences to Your Advantage

      Once you learn more about the different personalities on your team, you can work more strategically with your coworkers. Some coworkers may present as introverts who prefer to take time away to review information before making decisions. Other coworkers may present as extroverts who excel in group discussions and facilitating presentations.

      Once you identify the different strengths of your coworkers, you can plan projects and group work according to each other’s personality strengths.

      6. Managing Conflicts Effectively

      If conflict arises between yourself and another coworker, take time to assess how you’d like to work through the situation rather than reacting in the heat of the moment.

      Request a private meeting with the other coworker and present the facts in an objective manner. Initiate a practical conversation to discuss the issue of conflict and then find a mutually-beneficial solution together.

      Doing so will show your coworkers and your boss you’re capable of dealing with emotionally-sensitive discussions while keeping a cool head.

      7. Becoming a ‘Yes’ Person

      Volunteer for new projects and special assignments. Be the first person to put up your hand.

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      If your boss is looking for someone to step up, be the first to volunteer. It shows you’re engaged and gives you the opportunity to learn new skills.

      8. Saying ‘No’ When Necessary

      This may seem contradictory to the previous point, but this is not!

      If you’re close to burnout or have a lot going on in your personal life, choose to say no to additional work if you must.

      Be aware of your own mental state of wellness. If you’re incapable of taking on more, say no rather than saying yes and being unable to submit impeccable work.

      If necessary, share with your boss privately that you’re not in the right place to take on work but you intend to get back on track and as soon as possible.

      9. Showing Humility

      It’s not possible to be perfect at everything all the time. If you make a mistake, own up to it.

      Let your boss know or coworker know that you made a mistake and you want to correct it. Tell them that you have learned from this experience and you will do things differently going forward.

      Practice humility so that you may demonstrate a willingness to do better.

      10. Modeling Work Life Balance

      Make your own self care a priority so that you’re allocating time out of the office to your exercise, health and nutrition goals.

      Carve out time before or after work to taking care of you. Propose walking meetings during the day or try organizing a group fitness classes at lunch. Invite your coworkers to join you in trying a new yoga class.

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      Show your coworkers that you’re committed to work life balance so that you can show up as your best self while at work.

      11. Under Promise, Over Deliver

      If you commit to finishing a project by a certain time, be certain that you will do what you said you’re going to do when you said you’re going to do it.

      Do not commit to completing a project using an unrealistic time frame. If you’re unable to deliver, you will inevitably harm your reputation and will negatively affect others’ expectations of your abilities.

      Rather than committing to more than you can accomplish, commit to what you’re capable of or slightly less so that you can over deliver on your promises.

      12. Finding Your Own Answers

      Rather than quickly turning to your coworkers or your boss when you have questions, do your best to find your own answers.

      Review company policies, best practices and previous situations. Use critical thinking to determine how to best handle a situation and demonstrate that you’re able to make sound decisions when it’s required.

      After doing your research, present the situation to your boss and share how you would handle the situation. Ask for guidance to see if you’re on the right track. By doing so you’ll demonstrate drive and ambition.

      13. Asking for Help

      If a situation arises that is above your pay-grade and you must ask for help or guidance, do so with humility.

      Respectfully ask your boss or coworkers for their help. Let them know that you are grateful for their assistance and that they’re willing to share their knowledge. Offer to be of assistance to them if it’s needed in the future and repay the favor.

      Here’re some tips for you: How to Ask for Help When You Feel Silly to Do So

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      14. Offering Help

      If you can see a fellow coworker is struggling, offer to help them out. Offering your help will demonstrate your ability to work as a team player.

      If your workplace has hired a new employee, offer to take them under your wing and show them the ropes. Let your boss know that you’d be happy to show them around.

      It will demonstrate your seniority in the workplace and your interest in fostering teamwork and morale.

      15. Taking a Brain Break Regularly

      Take a few moments whenever you can for a mini meditation. In the bathroom, the coffee room, or on the subway on your way to work, take a few deep breaths and center your mind.

      Slow down your heart rate and tune in to your inner self. Remind yourself that work can be stressful but we don’t need to let the stress affect us. Return to this grounded and centered state whenever you feel out of alignment.

      The Bottom Line

      Use this list of personal goals to skyrocket your career path at work. Let your actions speak louder than words.

      Demonstrate to your boss and your coworkers that you don’t intend to settle for mediocrity; you intend to stand out from the crowd and will do so by implementing personal goals and actively working towards your dream job.

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