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The busy professional’s guide to avoiding burnout by @_lauramclo

by Laura McLoughlin | Featured Contributor  Burnout is a common problem for the modern professional. Long hours, and high stakes, combined with the added pressure of 24/7 connectivity and remote working, means that we are not only under pressure, but under pressure all the time. There is no escaping the internet, and it pushes many capable individuals to the point of professional exhaustion. Burnouts manifest themselves in lots of ways, from insomnia and pessimism to loss of appetite. Personally, my burnout came with increased anxiety. I was nervous at work, worried at home, and even in my “downtime” I was constantly uneasy, waiting for my phone to buzz with another ‘urgent’ email. The best way to escape your burnout longterm, I found, was not by drinking camomile tea or taking bubble baths, but by coming to understand your own boundaries – and enforcing them. Here are just four tips I learned on making sure your work doesn’t bleed you dry: Define your schedule Schedules provide structure and organisation to your day and can help reduce stress. Ideally, your schedule will include when you start work, when you finish, and when you will take your breaks in between. Having these points mapped out before you even get to work can really give you a sense of control over your day, and possibly notice what saps your time. Regular breaks are also an important element of your day, even if you think you can’t afford to take them. A lunch break is also exceptionally important, despite the fact that most of us eat at our desks or don’t take one at all. These times allow us to decompress, and lead to a much more productive day. Don’t overcommit It can be hard to say no to colleagues when they need help, and harder still to tell your boss you don’t have time for a new task. However, it’s essential that you enforce your boundaries with those you work with and for, not because you are not capable or unhelpful, but because you simply cannot do anymore. The best way to handle this…

Avoiding boring with a culture of fun and adventure

Having a culture of play and adventure in work is important. Sergio Lopez, head of integrated production at McCann Worldgroup, explains how he avoids boring in his everyday… Nobody wants boring. Friends don’t want boring. Partners do not want boring. Clients definitely do not want boring. It does not matter the context, the industry, the country. Being boring is a very lonely way of strolling across life.  Boring is my biggest fear. It is not difficult to become boring as a corporate entrepreneur. Corporations provide a certain level of stability which minimise the level of personal risk in the short term and therefore a key driver in entrepreneurship: hunger. They also tend to be certainly averse towards the main driver for innovation: risk. So many times I’ve seen people around me that reach a certain level of seniority, recognition or success and quickly lose sight of what brought them there. That tends to be the case with people that put their entrepreneurial skills at the service of the company’s goals, but lack a personal mission. While the company’s vision and values are a great way to bring the workforce together, it is the personal vision which defines and drives entrepreneurs. My own personal mission is what makes me get out of bed early in the morning and what makes me stay awake until late. What makes me read, research, theorise, try, learn, improve, think. Living my life like an adventure reaching out for my mission is my way to fight boring. gettyimages-660311458.jpg Image from gettyimages I grew up not understanding an industry that segregated creatives and business people and boxed them with titles. I struggled for years to fit in a place that separated creativity and how that creativity was brought to life. After a couple of decades, I reached the conclusion that there was a need in the market for a place that challenged that model. I made it my mission to be a part of building an industry model that revolves around evolving the ‘creative’ culture into a ‘creators’ one. While the temptation to open my own company…

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