Here’re a few tips on how to do it.
Work in 90 minutes sessions.
Studies on this matter have been done with almost every profession and the results are conclusive. People work best when they do it in creative bursts. The hardest thing is setting the time and choosing how long you should work and how long will the pauses last. Optimal working time is between 90 and 120 minutes. That’s as long as your brain can keep focus in full capacity. After that point, the quality of your work decreases, so it’s best to take a break and regroup. The pauses should last for 20 or so minutes and they should be actual pauses, not the time to do lighter work.
It’s important to have your personal space and personal time. If you decide that you won’t work on weekends or after 5 PM, you should stick to it. This means don’t answer phone calls, don’t open slack and don’t read e-mails. Technology itself can help with that, there are ways to block certain sites or apps for a period of time. Also, there is nothing wrong with turning off your phone and having a personal number only a few people can reach.
It’s harder to get stressed out if you’re able to plan your work in advance. Workforce scheduling can be done automatically based on numerous factors. These include the level of experience of particular employees (so you can be sure that someone will be there to guide the rookies). Schedules can be tracked an updated on all devices, which allows employees to be updated in advances about all the changes that might occur. The scheduling system should be collaborative, allowing the employees to swap shifts and make personal arrangements.
All jobs can turn into a rut after a while. There are always administrative tasks and a whole bunch of other boring aspects of it. The best cure for this is creativity. You should try your hand at making some sort of art at your spare time. Obviously you don’t have to be an actual artist – you don’t even have to be good at it. Sign up for painting lessons, or just take your phone and try amateur photography for a while. YouTube channels are becoming a popular form of artistic expression as well. Find something that suits you and use it to power up for work and other less interesting parts of life.
Get enough sleep
Sleeping may seem like the most time-consuming, unproductive part of your life (and it basically is), but it’s essential for your health and well-being. You should try to get 8 hours of sleep every night. It’s also important that you sleep during the night. Try getting to bed earlier and becoming a morning person, it’s better for your body and it will make you more productive. Also, there is nothing wrong with squeezing in a nap or two during the day – 20 minutes tops – and you’ll be ready to carry on with your day.
Burnout can be hard, but it’s preventable. Follow these steps, remember that there is more to life than work and you will be fine.