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How To Avoid Burnout And Stay Productive


Are you always on the run, without little to no breaks and losing the drive that once got you fired up? This is a familiar feeling. A lot of people experience it often or have experienced it at some point in their lives. It is often a sign of impending burnout.


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Burnout can leave you drained, confused, and reduce your efficiency at work. To avoid burnout and continuously be in a state of productivity, here are 4 strategies that can help.

Work With Purpose

One of the ways you can channel your energy into the right endeavours in your career is by having a purpose. Does your career have a deeper meaning beyond just earning a paycheck?

Take a deep analysis of what you do every day. Does it add value to the lives of others? How could you make what you do more purposeful? If you think you’re in the wrong career, start taking steps to plan for a more fulfilling career. Or find a way to adapt to your job role so that it suits you better.

Do An Analysis Of Your Job Role 

Most people experience burnout due to a failure to clarify what is expected of them and what isn’t. A job analysis can help one identify what’s important in their role and eliminate tasks that are are more inconsequential.

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If you feel that you’ve been handed more tasks than you can handle at work, then schedule a private meeting with your boss and let him or her know about this. Don’t just lay complaints about the demanding job role but suggest options for delegating certain tasks to someone else.

Take Control

To avoid and overcome burnout, you have to find ways to have more control over your life. Start developing time management skills and prioritisation techniques. Make daily to-do lists and set SMART goals for the coming weeks, months, and years.

This will give you a clear direction of where you’re going and help you feel more in control of your work.


It goes without saying that exercise helps alleviate stress and boosts your overall wellbeing. When you exercise, your energy levels increase and you’re able to get a good night’s sleep. Start getting more exercise by waking up earlier or exercising at noon. Reserve a particular time for exercising every day and set goals to stay motivated.

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Samuel Okoruwa

My name is Samuel Okoruwa. I am an ardent researcher, reading is life and writing is fun.

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