One of the hardest things about my current position as a freelance writer is that I have to work every day. If I’m lucky, I have one day off a month where I don’t have to write some sort of story. Lately, however, I’ve been feeling incredibly overwhelmed. I’m not working on my book, I struggle to answer emails, and I'm constantly tired. Since I’m worried about a burnout occurring in the near future, I couldn’t help but click when I saw a Fortune article that talks about what you should do when you’re completely overwhelmed at work. According to the author, Adam Goldstein, there are three ways to avoid such a burnout.
- Increase the three E’s. Goldstein says to look at what you are actually doing with your time and see if you can make adjustments to increase the three E’s: effectiveness, efficiency, and enjoyment. If you optimize your time, the three E’s will come more naturally.
- Understand that you are not living in a vacuum. You have to utilize your support group in order to thrive. If you have a team of employees that you manage, delegate tasks, help people live up to their potential, and recognize when someone is under-performing.
- Be alert for strategic changes in the business. Goldstein says to be proactive in positioning yourself for success. “If your business is globalizing or diversifying, or facing profound changes in the expectations of your customers, position yourself for the opportunities that emerge from this evolution,” he advises. “Volunteer for assignments that are germane to new strategic implications. Seek new perspectives for understanding your company’s business.”
To learn more about avoiding burnout, read Reclaiming the Fire.
What do you do when you start to feel overwhelmed at work?