Has your job ever left you feeling emotionally exhausted, unmotivated, irritable or feeling like you want to quit?
Well, these could be signs of burnout. After working a job that left me emotionally exhausted, I can tell you I've been there, too!
If your job is feeling like it's not manageable, don't fret. These 3 helpful tips assisted me during my demanding job, and they will also show you how to deal with a job that is asking a lot out of you.
Tip 1: Take Positive Breaks
Demanding jobs can have you completing many tasks and duties in a short amount of time. However, taking a break is very important, especially when your job is demanding.
BUT not all breaks are made equal!
Change your workplace scenery or take a walk outside or in a neutral space.
Do a small chore that encourages more productivity (e.g. organizing your workspace).
Sit in a quiet place and eat your lunch.
Call a friend or family member to reinforce feelings of connection.
Scroll on your phone or social media, as this may lead you to feel worse after your break is over.
Search or use a technology device if you already use technology during your job.
Gossip or listen to negativity that might bring your mood down.
Tip 2: Stay Organized!
Staying organized is tough, but it could really help you manage a demanding job.
Here is a list of ways that you can implement organization in your workplace:
Use a calendar or agenda. You can use online or physical calendars or agendas to help keep track of upcoming due dates, task completion dates, or appointments.
Write daily priority lists. Write lists in the order of most important to less important. As you complete your tasks on the list, you can cross them out.
Avoid multitasking. Take it one task at a time!
Tip 3: Set Boundaries
An important way to manage a demanding job is to make sure that when you leave work, your work doesn't come home with you.
Sign out of all work communications when home. When you leave work, you're signed out!
Find an enjoyable activity to do when you're not working. Discover a new hobby, spend time outside, or hang out with some good friends.
Get enough rest. Make sure that you have enough time to relax and get some rest when you're not at work. Adults should be getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
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Remember, these are only a few of many tips you can use to manage a demanding job. It's important to always be honest with yourself and how much you can manage.