How to Avoid Burnout And Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Burnout and Imposter syndrome is the biggest causes of lack of motivation in the workplace.

Burnout

This can be defined as a break between what people are and what they have to do. Burnout can lead to the high turnover of your top performers. As a result, highly engaged employees can be at the highest risk for work burnout.

Employee burnout is a problem during stable times let alone during stressful times. Lower productivity, emotional and physical exhaustion, lack of concentration, less recognition from managers, negativity, and a decline in health are all signs of burnout at work. 

Stress in the workplace can manifest as:

  • Regularly arriving late to work
  • Absenteeism
  • Reduced goals, aspirations, and commitment
  • Increased cynicism and apathy
  • Poor treatment of others
  • Relationship difficulties

Ways to Avoid Burnout

1. Workload

When workload and capacity are in balance, it is possible to get work done and find time for professional growth, development, rest, and work recovery. Things to consider doing are; planning your work, delegating tasks, and saying no.

2. Control

Feeling out of control, a lack of autonomy and inadequate resources impact your ability to succeed at what you are doing and contribute to burnout.

Do you get calls from your boss or answer emails late into the night or over the weekend?

Consider how you can regain control. Agree on a timetable for when you are available and what resources you need to do your job well. Gaining a sense of control over your environment can increase your sense of autonomy.

3. Task Balancing

After delivering something highly demanding (cognitively, emotionally, or physically), it may be beneficial to switch to a less complex task. Swapping between tasks of varying difficulty on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis can be an excellent way to regain balance and give yourself a break.

After putting together a complex report, presentation, or analysis, why not plan the rest of your week for organizing emails into folders?

Imposter Syndrome

Many high achievers share a dirty little secret: Deep down they feel like complete frauds–their accomplishments the result of serendipitous luck. This psychological phenomenon, known as imposter syndrome, reflects a belief that you’re an inadequate and incompetent failure despite evidence that indicates you’re skilled and quite successful.

It starts with recognizing it in yourself and others. Imposter syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.

Ways to Avoid Imposter Syndrome

  1. Recognise imposter feeings when they emerge. Awareness is the first step to change, so ensure you track these thoughts: what they are and when they emerge.
  2. Rewrite your mental programmes. Instead of telling yourself they are going to find you out or that you don’t deserve success, remind yourself that it’s normal not to know everything and that you will find out more as you progress.
  3. Talk about your feelings. There may be others who feel like imposters too – it’s better to have an open dialogue rather than harbour negative thoughts alone
  4. Be kind to yourself. Remember that you are entitled to make small mistakes occasionally and forgive yourself. Don’t forget to reward yourself for getting the big things right.
  5. Visualise your success. Keep your eye on the outcome – completing the task or making the presentation, which will keep you focused and calm.

We had a conversation with Tara Mollel about Burnout and Imposter Syndrome. Tara is a speaker, trainer, coach in human behaviour and Leadership. She specializes in helping women uncover and effectively utilise their strengths to maximise their true potential in their careers.

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