Sunday, May 2, 2010

Preventing Burnout

Preventing Burnout

  1. Evaluate your goals, priorities, and expectations to see if they are realistic and if they are getting you what you want.
  2. Recognize that you can be an active agent in your life. 
  1. Find other interests besides work, especially if your work is not meeting your most important needs. 
  1. Think of ways to bring variety into work. 
  1. Take the initiative to start new projects that have personal meaning, and do not wait for the system to sanction this initiative. 
  1. Learn to monitor the impact of stress, on the job and at home. 
  1. Attend to your health through adequate sleep, an exercise program, proper diet, and meditation or relaxation. 
  1. Develop a few friendships that are characterized by a mutuality of giving and receiving. 
  1. Learn how to ask for what you want, though don’t expect always to get it. 
  1. Learn how to work for self-confirmation and for self-rewards, as opposed to looking externally for validation. 
  1. Find meaning through play, travel, or new experiences. 
  1. Take the time to evaluate the meaningfulness of your projects to determine where you should continue to invest time and energy. 
  1. Avoid assuming burdens that are properly the responsibility of others.  If you worry more about your clients that they do about themselves, for example, it would be well for you to reconsider this investment. 
  1. Take classes and workshops, attend conferences, and read to gain new perspectives on old issues. 
  1. Rearrange your schedule to reduce stress. 
  1. Learn your limits, and learn to set limits with others. 
  1. Learn to accept yourself with your imperfections, including being able to forgive yourself when you make a mistake or do not live up to your ideals. 
  1. Exchange jobs with a colleague for a short period, or ask a colleague to join forces in a common work project. 
  1. Form a support group with colleagues to share feelings of frustration and to find better ways of approaching the reality of difficult job situations. 
  1. Cultivate some hobbies that bring pleasure. 
  1. Make time for your spiritual growth. 
  1. Become more active in your professional organization. 
  1. Seek counseling as an avenue of personal development.
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