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How to Avoid Career Burnout

How to Avoid Career Burnout

Believe it or not, I used to be the worst at following through with my New Year’s resolutions.

I would start the year off with a bang, but by May or June, all the motivation and momentum that the New Year brought would fizzle away into nothing and career burnout would ensue.

But then I realised something.

I was setting myself up for failure by chronically aiming too high and setting myself vague and borderline unachievable goals. 

Some of you may be great at staying on-track with your new year resolutions, but most of us struggle to even get through January. 

Regardless of which camp you fall into, there’s always room for self-improvement, so here are 3 actionable steps which you can implement TODAY to help you stick to your goals and help you go into the year with a fresh mind

1. Save Your Energy

Most people try to complete their New Year’s resolutions and reach the end goal as fast as possible, not realising that this will ultimately lead to career burnout and make them give up on that end goal. 

I get it – looking at the bigger picture can be overwhelming, but you need to remember that growth takes TIME.

In the same way that Rome wasn’t built in a day, you can’t master something overnight.

It really can be as simple as listing out your goals and breaking them down into smaller achievable tasks.

Pace yourself and give yourself a timeframe to complete these bite-sized goals and you could surprise yourself with just how much you’re able to achieve by following the most basic advice.

2. Declutter your mind

It goes without saying that productivity is key to maximising your potential and making sure that you are on the way to becoming the best version of yourself.

However, many people don’t actually know how to stay focused and stay away from potential distractions.

Try to:

-Focus on the present, and on the task at hand, not on that which lies distantly in the future.

-Work out if your hobbies and activities are adding value to your life, or just taking up your time.

-Prioritise what is important to YOU. This will help you get you to where you want to go quicker.

3. Accept that safety isn’t everything

Change is the natural state of everything.

Things have to change in order to grow – they can’t always be the same.

There is no such thing as standing still because, if you’re standing still, you’re actually moving backwards ever so slowly, as everyone and everything is still moving forward.

So you need to ensure that you keep yourself current and constantly be looking for ways to upskill.

At the end of the day, all it takes is a little bit of introspection and planning.

I’ve always had a vision of what I wanted my life to be like, but I had no idea how to get there.

I didn’t know which steps I had to take, or what to focus on, especially when it came to developing and growing my professional and personal brand.

By setting goals that are vague and unsystematic, I was essentially guaranteeing career burnout.

That’s definitely not a good way to start the year, and while it may be a cliché, there is no better time than now to take a step back and reassess your life, career, and business.

Be the Best version of Yourself.

Until next time,

Thai Ngo.

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