Do you often struggle with the most simple tasks? Things like cleaning your room, taking the trash out, or folding your clothes? You might be experiencing burnout and as it turns out, this is more common than you think so.
What is Burnout?
The WHO has classified burnout as an “occupational phenomenon” meaning that it’s related exclusively to the so-called professional life. It is described as “a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed” and it’s presented in three ways:
Lack of energy and feeling constantly exhausted.
Increased mental distance and negativity towards your job.
Lower professional efficacy.
What does productivity have to do with this?
In reality, being productive is often good. People are constantly looking for ways to be more productive. And yes, even we have written a couple of articles on this before. However, the problem begins when we put productivity at the top and forget to enjoy our job. We begin to slowly blur the line between work and rest and end up working way too much and resting way too little and although this is nothing new, it has certainly worsened with the increasing popularity of digital business and multi-tasking. Is almost as if we became so good at doing multiple things at once that we forgot how to do only one, and we carry this outside the workplace.
One question: when was the last time you drank your morning coffee without doing anything else simultaneously? Not checking Instagram or reading the news but simply drinking your coffee.
Overall, this seems to be a “generation” problem. Despite what some people might say, our generation is not lazy but rather the opposite.
Why Millennials are so obsessed with productivity?
You might be familiar with the following scenario: it’s a Friday afternoon and you’re trying to relax when you remind yourself of a task you need to finish on Monday, you immediately get anxious and decide to finish the task even though you have enough time to do it on Monday. After all, you wouldn’t be able to relax knowing there’s that unfinished task laying around. I don’t about you, but this happens to me quite often.
We are the generation of productivity, always wondering how can we do more in less time. So much that we become work machines and we end up burning ourselves out.
How can we avoid this?
There are some things you can practice to avoid falling into a loop of negative productivity:
Separate work and personal life. This one is a bit obvious but highly important. Set a specific hour of the day when you’re not allowed to work and try to stick to it.
Rest when is time to rest. Forget about work for some time, it can be the weekend or any other time you have to clear your mind.
Don’t focus too much on multi-tasking. Sometimes it’s better to do one thing at a time and do it properly than trying to do more than you actually can.
Improve your free time. Do things that truly make you happy, not only checking Instagram.
Talk to a therapist. There is no better way to deal with burnout than to seek professional help. If you can’t find a therapist in your area make sure to check BetterHelp to talk to a licensed therapist online.
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