When I coach leaders on burnout, we pay attention to two things. First, and right away, address the immediate situation. Second, begin managing stress that often provides fertile ground where overload and burnout can gain a foothold.
Managing stress involves revisiting and putting back in place basic habits that will help you regain control of your own situation. This won’t solve burnout by itself. You have to deal with the immediate situation. But it is one part of the equation.
Getting yourself to once again pay attention to those basic things that made you successful in the first place will help you regain focus, confidence and control. I can assure you, a handful of these listed strategies will be helpful in how to get over burnout. It has been the case for every leader I’ve worked with for over 20 years.
The list that follows isn’t a fancy time management system. It’s a list of everyday habits that leaders, executives and professionals who want to do well, put into practice consistently. You may have gotten away from some of them. And while it is not the key source of your stress, it is a contributing factor. I’ve found that paying attention to things that ARE within your control, plays a big role in rebuilding hope and resilience.
For every habit you feel is important to you RIGHT NOW, you will find five days of self-coaching exercises. Pick a practice that seems most relevant to your situation and begin working on it. This isn’t about speed or brilliance. It’s about regaining control of YOUR time, energy, leadership, and confidence.
These 52 Coaching for Performance Strategies are taken from my book, 52 Solutions for Those Who Need a 25 Hour Day.
- Use the 80/20 Principle
- Plan Your Day
- Conquer Your To-Do List
- Harness the Power of Three
- Capture Your Thoughts
- Say “No” A Whole Lot More
- Be Accountable
- Prepare for Meetings
- Plan Time for Renewal
- Speak With Clarity
- Create a Shield to Guard Your Time
- Know the Facts
- Adequately Fund Your Actions
- Relieve Yourself of Other Responsibilities
- Work With a Great Team
- Prepare for People Who Don’t Understand
- Let Your Purpose Determine Your Schedule
- Schedule a Quiet Time
- Don’t Manage Your Image for Others
- Reject Busyness as a Bragging Point
- Enjoy the Journey
- Avoid Using the Word “Should”
- Cultivate Good Friendships
- Focus on One Person at a Time
- Change Pace
- Deal With Things as They Come Up
- Focus on the Assignment, Not the Work Week
- Eliminate Scraps of Paper
- Handle Things the Least Amount of Times Possible
- If it’s Not an Absolute Yes, it’s a No
- Do it Now
- Embrace Failure
- Group Lesser Tasks
- Read Books on Time Management
- Make the Tough Decisions
- Work With a Coach
- Break it Down into Parts
- Get Your Finances in Order
- Do Ditch Delegate Delay
- Build Character
- Celebrate Individual Steps
- Practice Time In, Time On and Time Out
- Make a Strategic Alliance
- Plan for the Unexpected
- Organize Your Files
- Space Your Appointments
- Accomplish More While Traveling
- Create a Not-to-Do List
- Ask the Wants Versus Needs Questions
- Keep Technology at its Simplest Level
The five-day questions, suggestions and invitations to experiment are simple. They will enable you to move from thinking to purpose to action and on to greater effectiveness and success.
Life and managing stress is made up of habits, strategies and techniques. A small change in one area can result in significant positive change across a broad range of life and leadership areas.
If you are intentional about managing stress by working on these habits in even a handful of areas, you will be a different person and a different leader one year from now. You have here the opportunity to accomplish more things that really matter to you. And this will help you in dealing with that significant stress you are going through. All 52 are contained in my book, “52 Solutions for Those Who Need a 25 Hour Day.”
I found over the years, in practicing these 52 basic strategies for managing stress that I ended up gaining greater focus and momentum. I achieve more priorities … the true priorities that make a difference (not to be confused with saying “everything” is a priority).
If we are working together I’ll encourage you to revisit one or two new strategies every month in addition to other things we may be focusing our attention on. In this way you will make considerable personal and professional development gains over the course of our coaching engagement.