Finance pros wear a lot of different hats – and do a lot of extra work when necessary. And sometimes, even the most dedicated people become victims of burnout.
To prevent this from happening, here are four tips from TLNT’s Laura Stack. Read them, commit them to memory and pass them along to overworked co-workers who may be at the breaking point.
1. Give yourself enough time
A lot of stress can be avoided simply by giving yourself enough time to hit deadlines, rather than trying to get things done in an unrealistic time frame and cramming at the zero hour.
Also, factor in some time for unexpected issues that may crop up – illness, emergency, etc.
2. Set realistic limits
Burning the midnight oil is not only bad for your mental health, it’s bad for your physical health, too.
In fact, research shows that workers who log more than 10 hours per day are much more likely to suffer a heart attack than those who work regular 9-to-5 hours.
That’s why it’s important to set limits on work hours – and stick to them. Also, unless it’s an emergency, leave work behind the minute you step out of the office.
3. Don’t ignore your health
A poor diet and a lack of sleep and exercise will only hasten the burnout process. Try to stick to sleep and exercise routines the way you would any critical work task.
4. Find a hobby
Hobbies help people avoid feeling guilty about not working. So find something you’re passionate about – and do it on a regular basis.