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4 Ways to Instantly Eliminate Burnout

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Working long hours and rarely taking a day off are all factors that can build up over time, leading to burnout. But did you know that the most common cause of burnout is feeling a lack of control in our work life? A build-up of work projects challenging work relationships can both build-up and gain negative energy over time, leading to burnout.

A lack of control in any area of our lives makes us feel powerless. And no one enjoys appearing defeated and helpless. Here's how to take back control.

1. Organize Your Workspace

Get your work area in order. Knowing where everything is and starting the day with an organized space instantly lifts your mindset, and reduces stress. An organized place will make you feel more in control of your life - like when your outfit feels and looks on point.

2. Invest in Work Relationships

There's no space for negative relationships in any domain of your life. If you've bee having issues with a colleague you need to work closely with, take the time to sort it out. Invite them for lunch or dinner, or have a friendly catch-up during work hours. Voice any concerns or issues in a non-confrontational and empowering way so that you can both move on and work together efficiently. You don't have to be best friends, but you do have to be able to put any differences aside and work together.

3. Voice Concerns

If you lack excitement in your current job role, you need to come clean. Brainstorm what you want career-wise, then create a strategy for how you can get there and how it benefits your organization. When you have a clearer idea of what work you enjoy and the direction you would like to go in, let the powers that be know. Don't suffer in silence, slaving away on tasks that you hate. You'll be miserable. Make your workplace happiness a priority.

4. Tackle Your To-Do List

The most effective way to take back control is to complete all of those tasks sitting on your to-do list. As you tick items off starting with the high priority tasks, you'll feel stress instantly evaporating, and you'll feel more in control of your life. Don't let things get out of control and build-up too much — schedule time in your calendar to get everything urgent done within the next 48-hours. Sacrifice a Saturday or Sunday to get it all done if you have to, and watch the magic unfold.

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