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65 Things You Should Do Right Now To Avoid Burnout

65 Things You Should Do Right Now To Avoid Burnout

"We’ve all seen those teachers who show up to punch their time card, and then race the students out the door at 3:29. If we’re not careful, we too will turn into those teachers."

Joel

This past Tuesday, I took a day off of school. This is not normal for me, and I even had to fight my urge to go up to school and make sure things were running smoothly. I even drove up to the school and chose not to get out of the car.

Why? Because I had a chance where I knew I could relax for a day and things wouldn’t fall apart. I suppose it’s sort of a building process for me of letting go of my band.

I don’t like to miss school. I remember my parents encouraging me when I was in high school to miss a day when I didn’t fell well. I have been debating missing a day just to miss a day for over a month and finally bit the bullet. A friend says that her principal encourages the teachers to take a “mental health” day each month. I have nearly 50 sick days available and so I figure I’ll use some this year.

Taking off of work is a great trick to avoid burnout. We’ve all seen those teachers who show up to punch their time card, and then race the students out the door at 3:29. If we’re not careful, we too will turn into those teachers.

65 Things You Should Do Right Now To Avoid Burnout

1. Stop now! Not tomorrow, Not soon

2. Make a list of the items that you do at work that you enjoy

3. Make a list of the items that you dislike doing at work

4. Spend a week or two doing only the tasks you enjoy

5. Hand off some of the burdens

6. Compress the periods where you do the things you don’t like

7. If there are strong interpersonal issues and you work in a large organization, request a transfer to another area

8. If the situation is truly untenable, work on preparing your resume to move on

9. A job that makes your entire life miserable is not worth it, no matter what

10. Get some help

11. Reach out of yourself

12. Hibernate, Sleep, Take a serious break

13. Start a side job

14. Choose a topic that you’re passionate about

15. Set a realistic schedule

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16. Plan ahead

17. Celebrate you accomplishments

18. Have a long-term focus and avoid focusing on current problems

19. Don’t spread yourself too thin

20. Limit the time you spend on statistics

21. Accept guest posts if you need more content than you can produce

22. Build a network

23. Use designated times for email

24. Find things that motivate you

25. Take a break

26. Dump it all out

27. Escape for a while

28. Read a book

29. Take a walk outside

30. Set up a “busy schedule” and stick to it

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