Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Avoiding "Burnout" ... Take A Break!

As a speaker and coach I am seeing organizations filled with people on the brink of burnout.
Here are some tips from my wonderful friend and Huffington Post collegue Jason Mannino. I look forward to sharing more of his hands on techniques with you in the future.

"Take Regular Breaks"

In The Power of Full Engagement John Loehr and Tony Schwartz came up with an energy management system based on years of experience studying Olympic level athletes. They made a couple of fascinating discoveries. Among those include the obvious, though sometimes overlooked fact that recovery from an output of energy (physical or mental) is critical. In the work environment this translates to taking breaks at regular intervals. Specifically, it is best to take a fifteen minute break every 90 minutes. If you work in front of a computer, checking e-mail does not constitute a break. Allow yourself to take breaks that include getting up from your desk, taking a walk, leaving the building, and drinking water.

Also breaking up your work by alternating mentally demanding tasks with simple busy work can help maintain the energy necessary to keep your mental focus throughout the day.
I am very proud to say I have mastered the art of avoiding burnout within myself and my career. It can be a struggle but following these small tips can make a huge difference.

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