Work got you burned out from 2016? Here’s how to start 2017 right!

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At times, our jobs may leave us feeling emotionally and physically drained.

Which isn’t surprising since we spend the majority of our waking hours at work. If you felt burned out in 2016 from the demands of your job, you can make changes for a better 2017. Here are some simple steps that you can take to increase productivity and avoid feeling burned out.

Evaluate priorities

Take time to think about your goals and write down what you would like to achieve either daily, weekly, monthly or yearly. Reflect on what is important to you and what you would like to accomplish. Realize that you may not be able to do everything that you set out to do and that is ok.

Set boundaries

You may start to feel overwhelmed if you take on too much. Learn the power of saying “no” or saying “not now.” Realize that by saying “no” to one thing, you will be able to say “yes” to something else that may be more important or more meaningful.

Ask for help

Your coworkers or supervisor won’t know that you are feeling stressed at work if you don’t speak up. Let them know how you are feeling. If you have concerns or thoughts that can improve a situation, let them know. Establishing dialogue with your coworkers is vital for a supportive and efficient team.

Take a break

Yes, it can be tempting to skip your lunch and work through your breaks. But your productivity level actually diminishes when you are feeling fatigued. Even taking a 15 minute walk or going outside for a breath of fresh air will help with your cortisol levels.

Treat yourself

All work and no play will leave you feeling drained and unmotivated. Treat yourself outside of work with a massage or playing a round of golf. Join that yoga or gym class that you’ve always wanted to try. Go on that vacation that you’ve been putting off until next year. Make time to do the things that you enjoy.

While it’s inevitable that you will feel burned out from work at times, following these steps will help you stay focused on your goals while also making sure that you stay motivated. Share your favourite tips with us on how you stay inspired and energized at work on Twitter @Spectrum_HC!