Overworked or Burned Out?
September 2, 2008
Does workweek dread begin for you early Sunday? Do visions of the upcoming weekend help you make it through Monday? These could be signs that you're overworked and overstressed or they could be signs of a bigger problem. For most people, some stress is normal
- The quality of your work isn't what it used to be;
- Missing deadlines and tasks that need to be accomplished are left undone;
- Punctuality and absenteeism are becoming issues;
- Lunch breaks are becoming more frequent and longer;
- Your professional relationships don't matter anymore;
- Your contributions to group discussions and tasks are minimal or nonexistent;
- You're no longer goal-oriented; and
- Increased "self-medicating" with alcohol and drugs.
- Look for a new position within your organization;
- Identify a new responsibility/element in your current position that might refresh your focus;
- Assess the aspects of the job you like and do well, and concentrate on expanding them;
- Ensure you get meaningful feedback from your supervisor so you will have clear goals and accurate measurement;
- Stay informed of the latest issues and trends in your profession and find ways to incorporate these into your job; and
- Delegate or eliminate non-essential tasks to avoid losing sight of what you really need to be doing.
- Review your strengths and dig in your heels;
- Acquire new skills;
- Explore your options, set goals and make plans to develop yourself to fit your new career path;
- Consider opportunities to transfer to a new location, even to a new city, state or country, as completely new surroundings with different peers could get your professional juices flowing again; and
- Do something you enjoy consider making a career out of your hobby.