Leader Burnout

Burnout is a genuine issue right now. Lack of focus, motivation, and low energy for CEOs, leaders, owners, and managers that I have talked to comes up a lot.

Burnout is even an article in CEO magazine. They interviewed 6 CEOs to see how they combat burnout.

I was talking to a leader recently, and she mentioned to me she was experiencing burnout. She told me she used to be so excited to get up in the morning and get to work in her business.

Now, she hits the snooze button 5 times and still doesn’t want to get out of bed. She feels that the burnout symptoms are weighing so heavily on her, she just isn’t enjoying her life anymore.

She wants to be energized, motivated, and focused leader she was in the beginning before her tasks became mundane and monotonous. She feels as though she is walking through quicksand and is becoming overwhelmed.

I specialize in eliminating burnout, so I thought this would make a great post to help you eliminate burnout in your life!

3 Ways to Eliminate Burnout

Here are three things, as a leader, that you can do today! These will help you eliminate burnout and get you back to energized, laser-focused, and motivated for your life and your business!

  1. Delegate
  2. Remove toxic people from your sphere of influence
  3. Set Boundaries

Delegate

to Eliminate Burnout

As a leader, you need to be selective of what you spend your time on. If you have anything on your calendar that you do not have to do personally… don’t do it! Surely there are people in your organization to which you can delegate.

Monotonous tasks that may be old hat to you, but to someone else they may be a challenge and exciting–so delegate the tasks to them. These tasks will put you in burnout.

If you are in a small organization, as a leader. You can outsource these tasks. I have done this recently, and it took the weight of the world off my shoulders. When I handle the tasks that excite me and let others handle the more tedious tasks, it was possible to get so much more done.

The tasks got done better this way too because the people I chose love to do these tasks. These tasks are what they do for a living, so they did them quickly, easily, and faster than I ever could have gotten them done.

It is important to make sure that your calendar stays full of new and exciting things you can’t wait to get into. So, let go of those tasks that you have done a lot and know you can delegate and get out of burnout.

Remove Toxic People

to Eliminate Burnout

Unfortunately, we all experience negative people in our sphere sometimes. What you don’t realize is that these people are negatively affecting us. These people are contributing to your burnout.

As a leader, if you are experiencing a loss of focus, motivation, and low energy or fatigue… it is time to let these people go.

Take a minute to see who you are spending time with that is draining your energy. It could be someone that you are having drinks or coffee with. Or it could be someone in your organization that is just always a naysayer.

As a leader, your time is precious. This takes your precious energy to deal with them. Safeguard your energy right now, so stay away from them. They are putting you in burnout.

Don’t go for drinks or have coffee with them. Don’t take their calls. (If they are in your organization, there are things you can do to help them turn their attitude around, but that is another blog.)

It is time to become very intentional with your time and your energy. Don’t waste it on anyone or anything that is unnecessary.

Set Boundaries

to Eliminate Burnout

Since we are all working from home part or all of the time, burnout is running rampant. We have to set boundaries. Our offices are now in our homes and people feel like they can get a hold of us 24/7. This will put anyone in burnout.

In the morning, set a time that you will start work and don’t start working until that time. You might feel the need or urgency to check your email while you are drinking your coffee in the morning, but don’t do it.

Do nothing work-related until your workday starts.

In the evening, set a boundary there too. Set a time when your workday ends and stick to it. Whatever time you choose to have your workday end, don’t check e-mail or take calls after that time.

These boundaries cordon off your time. In the morning and the evening, you need time to yourself to do whatever you need to do to get ready for the day and to relax after the day. Relaxation is so necessary to eliminate burnout.

This is time for you to do the things you need to do to maintain your energy through the day. And to rest after the day, to get ready for the next day. Even if you don’t have a family that needs your attention, take this time for yourself to combat burnout.

If you have a family, this time is even more critical. It will help you be present for your family and present for your work. I suggest making a boundary here too.  I

In the morning can be your time, and in the evening can be family time. This way you know where your attention needs to be, and you can give 100% in each area.

Make sure that you factor yourself into the equation, though. Select some time every day that is just for you. It is the time when you can do whatever you need to do to rest and re-energize.

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All the Best!