How your habits might be the cause of your burnout

Feb 09, 2024

The repercussions of burnout are absolutely devastating, not just for individuals but also for organizations. It's a recipe for absenteeism, sickness, high turnover, disengagement, and a whole host of other issues. But here's the thing: burnout is entirely preventable.

Unveiling the Culprit: Your Habits

One of the main culprits responsible for burnout is our habits. These sneaky little devils are so deeply ingrained within us that we often don't even realize the toll they're taking until it's too late. Many of us fall into the trap of working longer and harder, living in a constant state of stress, all under the misguided belief that this is the path to success. As Samuel Johnson so aptly put it, "The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken."

Take a moment to reflect on your workweek and consider how many of your actions leave you feeling drained and overwhelmed. You might start noticing that you've become entangled in a perpetual cycle of overcommitting, neglecting self-care, setting the wrong priorities, or struggling to utter that two-letter word: "no". These are all habits that can contribute to burnout.

Today, we're taking a deep dive into a pressing global issue that plagues leaders everywhere – burnout. Specifically, we'll explore how your habits might very well be the invisible chains keeping you bound to that relentless burnout cycle. But guess what? The key to your own transformation is right there in your hand. 

Deciphering the Burnout Puzzle

Let's first get clear on what burnout truly means. It's not just the run-of-the-mill stress or feeling worn out. Burnout is the emotional, physical, and mental overload that hits you when you continually withdraw from your energy bank account without making sufficient deposits. Sure, you might think that weekends, vacations, or the occasional binge-watching session will replenish your energy reserves, but over time, you'll find yourself running completely empty, trapped in the quicksand of burnout. So, we've gotta change things up.

Your journey from burnout to high performance commences with a seemingly simple, but oh-so-powerful shift in your habits. As Will Durant once famously echoed, "We are what we repeatedly do." Excellence, my friends, is a habit. And by rewriting those habits of yours, you can unlock that remarkable potential within you, that high-performance mode.

Don't allow burnout to be the force holding you back from greatness. 

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Now, when it comes to breaking free from these deeply entrenched habits and making an escape from the clutches of burnout, it all starts with self-awareness. Take a moment to reflect on those habits that are holding you back. What are you repeatedly doing that leaves you feeling completely drained and utterly overwhelmed?

Once you've identified these culprits, it's time to dig deep into the "why" behind them. Often, fear plays a colossal role in perpetuating these unhelpful behaviours. Fear of losing your job, fear of rejection, or even fear of losing control can drive you towards making unhealthy choices. But fear not! By recognizing and addressing these underlying fears, you can begin the journey of transforming your habits.

The "how" of habit change lies in finding alternative, more productive behaviours. If you're a certified workaholic, this might mean setting some clear boundaries, mastering the art of delegation, or trusting your team to handle their fair share of tasks. I won't lie to you, my friend; it won't be easy. But with the right strategies and support, it's an achievable mission.

And that's where the Ways of Working Program swoops in as your trusty transformational tool. This comprehensive solution is tailor-made to help individuals and teams shift their habits, paving the way towards high performance. This treasure trove of wisdom focuses on understanding your triggers, identifying those healthier alternatives, and providing all the support and resources you need to make that lasting change.

At the end of the day, burnout is not some unavoidable fate; it's just a damn habit. And the beautiful thing is that habits can be changed. Once you recognize those habits that are keeping you firmly stuck in the burnout muck and get to the bottom of the fears that fuel them, my dear friend, you'll be well on your way to transformation.

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