Redefining productivity during burnout April Sides
Redefining productivity during burnout April Sides
Waking up Heart/mind racing Do NOT want to get up
Morning run Couldn’t breathe before she started
With friends Couldn’t focus or be present
At work Couldn’t think and solve problems
Maybe a brain boosting supplement will “fix” my brain.
Project A l Drupa Camp ille Ashev Project B Breaking point Projec t C
You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you. BARACK OBAMA
Learning from failure Wasn’t set up for success Said “yes” to too many things Wasn’t managing stress Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels
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What is burnout?
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. Help Guide: Burnout Prevention and Treatment
It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. Help Guide: Burnout Prevention and Treatment
What does it feel like?
Physical signs and symptoms ● Feeling tired and drained most of the time ● Lowered immunity, frequent illness ● Frequent headaches or muscle pain ● Change in appetite or sleep habits ● Shaky hands or eye twitches ● Feeling like you can’t breathe Help Guide: Burnout Prevention and Treatment
Emotional signs and symptoms ● Sense of failure and self-doubt ● Feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated ● Detachment, feeling alone in the world ● Loss of motivation ● Increasingly cynical and negative outlook ● Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment ● Lack of emotion or emotional regulation Help Guide: Burnout Prevention and Treatment
Behavioral signs and symptoms ● Withdrawing from responsibilities ● Isolating yourself from others ● Procrastinating, taking longer to get things done ● Using food, drugs, or alcohol to cope ● Taking out your frustrations on others ● Skipping work or coming in late and leaving early Help Guide: Burnout Prevention and Treatment
Treading water in the middle of the ocean with nothing in sight and you feel like you’re sinking
Who is at risk?
Personality traits ● Perfectionistic ● Pessimistic ● Controlling ● High-achiever ● People-pleaser ● Selfless and caring Help Guide: Burnout Prevention and Treatment
Predisposed, not predetermined.
What are the causes?
Work-related causes ● Feeling like you have little or no control over your work ● Lack of recognition or reward for good work ● Unclear or overly demanding job expectations ● Working in a chaotic or high-pressure environment Help Guide: Burnout Prevention and Treatment
Lifestyle causes ● Working too much, without enough time for socializing or relaxing ● Lack of close, supportive relationships ● Taking on too many responsibilities, without enough help from others ● Not getting enough sleep Help Guide: Burnout Prevention and Treatment
Managing notifications ● Remove frequent notifications ● Use Do Not Disturb mode ● Try website and app blockers ● Set app time limits
Task switching (aka multitasking)
Replacement cycle 2.5 years 3 - 5 years Irreplaceable
Effects of task switching ● Damage to the brain in the region of empathy and emotional control ● Loss of productivity from interrupted flow ● Reduces concentration and focus ● Lowers your IQ and emotional intelligence ● Causes stress, anxiety, overwhelm and burnout ● Affects impulse control and decision making ● Affects creativity Thrive Global: 9 Ways Multitasking is Killing Your Brain and Productivity, According to Neuroscientists
How do I avoid burnout?
Manage self-care habits ● Take inventory of your habits ● Focus on one small, systems level change at a time ● Read/listen to Atomic Habits ○ Good Habits: make it obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying. ○ Bad Habits: make it invisible, unattractive, diﬃcult, and unsatisfying. ○ Habit stacking (like IFTTT)
Body care Sleep Nutrition Exercise
Mind care Relaxation
Mind care Relaxation Play Connection
Build relationships at work ● Build a personal relationship with your manager, client, employee, and team ○ Makes it easier to raise flags when you are struggling ○ Makes it easier for them to recognize when something is wrong “Radical Candor” is what happens when you put “Care Personally” and “Challenge Directly” together.
Manage time and energy ● Schedule time blocks for work and self-care ● Don’t respond immediately to emails and messages ● Leave work, at work Deep Work ● Set boundaries and say “No” 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do
Manage projects ● Clearly define scope of work, deadlines, milestones, etc. ● Manage pace of work ● Agile software development ○ Iteration ○ Sprints ○ Retrospectives Icon Credit: Scrum by Rflor from the Noun Project
How do I get out of it?
Identify the light at the end of the tunnel
Getting through the tunnel ● Communicate with team ● Ask for help ● Embrace flexibility in schedule and environment ● Practice self-care as able and take breaks ● Use positive self-talk
You are on a journey of imperfection
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