How to Get a Lot of Work Done Without Burning Out

Steff Holloway

11 February, 2018

Have you ever felt that a particular job is over demanding? If it is the case, then it is not shocking at all. Burnout has been a point of discussion ever since three decades. The workforces report a high level of depression, sleep deprivation, stress, and anxiety due to overburdens. The daunting fact about burnout is that it doubles the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Best Ways to Eliminate Burnouts

Regardless of the position you are serving, you will have to deal with expectations. Quite often individuals set high demands for their personal growth also. The dark truth is that in both the case the result is same, i.e., “Burnouts.” The question which arrests the mind is how can burnouts be prevented? Well breathe free and follow the guidelines given below to deal with the situation efficiently.

Be Strategic

Most of the times people talk about increasing productivity. Frankly speaking, productivity cannot be accomplished in a day. Its high time now pulls up your socks and start developing strategies that work. Strategizing means creating a proper plan to proceed. So, proper planning can be done by following few critical steps. These steps should include a tracking system wherein you must record the things you achieved. Tracking progress will ensure that you are pushed one step closer to the goal. Same happens with the productivity. If the productivity is recorded, then one can perform better. Still, most of the individuals do not follow a strategic path towards sustainable productivity. Let’s take you through a full proof step by step guide to increase the productivity.

Things to do:

  1. Set a goal. Let’s say one sets a goal of achieving 90% productivity.
  2. Now, you have a target, proceed with tracking your productivity.
  3. Record the highest and lowest productive time.
  4. Plan 75% of your work for the time when you are fully active.
  5. Remaining 25% of the time can be used to work on simple tasks which don’t need much efforts.

Set A Metrics

The second approach involves stating a clear metrics. A metrics could be anything from keeping track of the weekly to monthly hours of activity. The data obtained must be recorded on the predefined parameters. The metrics will help you to give a decisive push to your performance. Follow a typical schedule for a couple of days. Challenge yourself by following a different agenda. This way you would be able to cope up with the least productive times. Following the track, you would increase 10% of your activity in the low productive hours. Plus you would be able to enhance the overall performance with the addition of +10%. Sounds great right! So come out of your comfort zone to balance the performance equilibrium. Following which you would be able to get most of the work done without stress.

Things to do:

  1. Tracking the metrics every week is a great way to go.
  2. The second step is to list a goal to improve the metrics.
  3. Do experiments to check how alterations influence the metrics.

Focus on one alteration at a time

It takes a lot to achieve that productivity target. A lot of effort is required to mend all the skills. So, this is the time to shed the flaws in your stars. Begin with taking one skill at a time. To initialize start concentrating on finding the biggest barrier. Understand the benefit of working on that obstacle. Churn your mind to evaluate the positive effects of taking risks.

Things to do:

  1. Introspection is the first step, to begin with.
  2. Start asking yourself questions and be true to yourself.
  3. Find out the interruptions which block your way.
  4. Start taking measures to minimize those issues.
  5. The measures could be taking shorts breaks to regain the interest.
  6. Check how much time you take to switch from one task to the other.

Work on your behavior

Most people believe by employing technology things would be sorted. Well, that’s just 10% true. Technology can improve the schedules, but they cannot fix your behavioral faults. Are you the one who relies entirely on the technology to solve your productivity issue? Wait to Rethink! Don’t always thrive on gadgets and apps to improve yourself. You will have to work on your behavior too. To get most of the work done without pressure, start developing new habits. A positive reaction towards work half wins the battle. As an employee or a student, all you need is a positive drift towards your assignments. Yes, that’s the cheat code.

Things to do:

  1. Don’t say no at the first go itself.
  2. Try dividing your tasks into small fragments.
  3. The fragmentation would help you focus on one thing at a time.

To get most of the work done, it requires a lot of productivity. Achieving productivity requires careful planning. Remember, becoming productive is a small investment for better returns. It implies that in middle of your busy schedules you’ll have to add one crucial task to your plan. That vital task is self-assessment. Start thinking intuitively today to resolve the issues of overburden. Make some behavioral alterations, and adopt some good habits. Things would start taking positive turns soon.

Cheers to the new way of life!