JOHANNESBURG – As from next year, burnout will become a globally recognised medical condition as it is formally added to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases. Caused by chronic work-related stress, burnout can lead to emotional and physical fatigue, insomnia, and a shortened attention span – all of which can negatively affect businesses.
Herewith are tips that can work as a guide:
Prioritising: The to-do list might look overwhelming, but if tasks are broken into more manageable segments and prioritise in terms of urgency, it is easier to take on the day. Have realistic expectations about how much you can achieve in a day, week or month and what level of productivity you can reach at your optimum. This will help to know when you should cut yourself some slack.
Structure: When running your own business, it is imperative to work smart, not just hard. Correct time management is a big part of that. Try to stick to regular business hours as much as possible and make appointments with yourself to get things done, while allowing adequate time for day-to-day business admin and filing.
Downtime: Make time to step back and take stock every now and again. While it might seem counter-intuitive, you still need to take vacations and fully unplug, in order to stay on top of your game. During the working day, try your best to take a lunch or coffee break, or go for a brisk walk around the block. Even switching up your office environment for a change of scenery can help you to recharge.