You open your eyes yet again to the sound of your blaring alarm. You have a choice to make – hit snooze or get up?
It’s a familiar feeling that you’ve become accustomed to every single morning. And as much as you want to just go back to bed, shut your alarm off and sleep for as long as you damn please, you know deep down it’s only something that’ll exist when you’re asleep: A dream.
The worst part is that snoozing your alarm was the only option you had the freedom to make. Because now it’s time to get up and go through your daily routine all over again.
A study done discovered that 23% of employees feel like they are constantly burnt out while at work, with 44% occasionally experiencing the same feeling. Signs of burnout are especially prevalent when it comes to women. Women are more prone to burnout in their lives, given the number of responsibilities they have to deal with. Things like feeding the kids, preparing dinner, taking care of the dog, cleaning the house, buying groceries all contribute to their increased in experiencing burnout. It’s no wonder why so many of them feel like they’re no longer their younger selves.
Burnout Poses A Serious Threat To Corporate Employees
When it comes to identifying signs of burnout, it is something that’s not to be taken lightly. People who show signs of burnout are more likely to experience negative side effects, such as increased stress, increased risk for health problems like heart attacks and stroke and even issues with fertility and reproduction.
At work, these issues carry further. Studies have shown that employee performance drastically declines while under signs of burnout. They have trouble making decisions, remembering facts, are more likely to make errors and show signs of aggression and hostility towards others. If you’re wondering why your usually friendly coworker suddenly flips out and starts yelling, it’s possible that they are suffering from employee burnout.
But what’s the cause of burnout? Is it from working too many hours overtime? Or does it come from trying to hit too many deadlines in a week?
The Two Types of Burnout You’ll Face
The signs of burnout you may experience can be categorized into two types: Long term burnout vs. high intensity burnout.
High intensity burnout is the most well known – it’s that crucial time of year when your boss demands that everyone needs to work overtime in order to get everything done before the new year. Employees work around the clock frantically and stress themselves out. Work is rushed and quality goes down. Chaos ensues as everything falls apart. Departments are in shambles and the big rolls of office tape that are usually never touched are suddenly empty from everyone trying to patch things together.
High intensity burnout occurs over a short period of time and involves many things at once. Deadlines that are usually spread over a period of weeks are suddenly condensed into days, resulting in burnout from the lack of time needed to get everything done.
Long term burnout is lesser known but just as dangerous. It occurs most often with employees that are forced into a routine. This routine could be something repetitive, such as doing nothing but enter data into a spreadsheet for months. The tasks involved may not be intense or stressful, but overtime will have a negative impact.
Employees that do not feel challenged or motivated over a consistently long period of time experience long term burnout from their boring and mundane routine. They lack motivation and no longer have a reason for why they are doing what they do – besides keeping their job. Long term burnout occurs over a long period of time and involves little to no changes to their routine.
When you speak to someone who shows signs of long term burnout, you get inaudible groans, unfocused attention and a lack of energy or passion. It’s like they’ve lost the ability to think or feel anything, and have no drive to keep on going. This is where the term “corporate zombie” comes from.
10 Most Common Signs Of Burnout – Are You At Risk?
If you’ve read this far, you may be starting to become worried. Take a look around you – is your workplace at risk of turning into a zombie apocalypse?
But before you spring up from your chair and barricade yourself in the bathroom, here are the 10 most common signs of burnout in corporate professionals, so you can identify them and not fall into the same trap.
If you’re feeling exhausted, either physically, mentally or emotionally, you may be experiencing one of the signs of burnout. Exhaustion comes from being stressed over a consistent period of time, with that stress coming from either short deadlines or a lack of motivation in your routine.
Take a break from your work or find ways to make your work interesting. If there’s too much to do, make time to get away from it and give yourself a well needed break. You’ll feel better and perform more efficiently once you give your body the time it needs.
2. The ’Hamster Wheel’ Cycle
The hamster wheel is a popular analogy for describing how people feel when they get nowhere. They work harder and harder to try to get somewhere, only to realize the wheel they are on spins faster, making it harder for them to catch up.
Some of the most successful and hardest working women I know are prone to falling into this trap. So many people look up to and rely on them, which motivates them to keep going. They push themselves harder, thinking they’ll get more done. But in reality all they’re doing is burning themselves out faster.
Don’t rush and try to get everything done at once. Accept that you can only go so fast, that you are only human. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
3. Increased conflict
You argue with anyone that crosses your path. Your coworkers, family, friends, and even the poor cashier at the grocery store. No one is safe from your hostility and anger – not even yourself.
This tendency for conflict comes out especially when there is a misunderstanding. You feel as though no one sees your perspective, how hard you work, how much you have to do. And that’s true. But at the same time, you feel empowered for stating your problems – a victim’s mentality.
One of the core philosophies I teach towards all my followers and students is that you are responsible for your own life. If it sucks, it’s your fault. Instead of making up excuses to justify why conflict occurs, take actions to prevent it from ever happening. That means knowing when to stop when you need a break. Complaining doesn’t solve anything – taking action does.
4. Running on autopilot
Do you remember what you did an hour ago? Are you conscious of the steps you took to get to this blog? If you aren’t in the present moment, you’re guilty of being on autopilot.
Your mind is preoccupied with other things. An overabundance of work, creeping deadlines or a lack of zest for life. You can’t even remember the last time you sat down for a cup of tea – it was so long ago.
Be conscious of your actions, and be in the present. Decide what’s a priority in your life, and focus on one thing at a time. Allowing yourself to run on autopilot means you miss everything that’s happening now.
5. Low energy
Low energy can be one of the signs of burnout right after an intensive week, or the prolonged effects that come from having a dull routine. And having low energy is the worst. It affects how you think, how you speak, how you interact with people. Even getting up to get a cup of water is difficult, and you feel yourself slipping during tasks.
Get up, go for a walk, do something that makes you happy. Your energy is determined by your state, and if your state is lousy, you’ll feel the same way as well. It’s one of the reasons why I pump myself up if I’m about to do public speaking – I know if I’m in a better state, my delivery will be better as well.
6. Lack of motivation
Why am I even doing this? What’s the purpose?
If you’re asking yourself these questions, you are lacking motivation. This is very common with women that are showing signs of burnout – they’re tired of their routine but don’t have any way to change it.
Human beings get bored very easily. If you’re doing the same thing over and over, you are going to get sick and tired of it eventually. Continue, and you’ll become stressed out, depressed, be at risk for health problems, and one day won’t even have the willpower to shut your alarm clock off. If you’re experiencing a lack of motivation as one of the signs of burnout, it’s time to find something to become excited about. Set goals for yourself and work towards them.
7. Negativity and Cynicism
You’re paranoid about people’s true motives and everyone you meet is a jerk to you. A close friend shares with you a business idea shes been planning out for months, only for you to tell her it won’t work. You might be pessimistic and your outlook on life isn’t as great as it used to be.
Everyone experiences these emotions from time to time, but if you’re repeatedly making choices that are pessimistic and do not benefit you or others, it’s time to do a self checkup.
“If you run into a jerk in the morning, you ran into a jerk. If you run into jerks all day, you are the jerk” – Raylan Givens
8. Declining Job Performance
Are you slowing down compared to when you first started? Is it getting more difficult to solve problems that you once could breeze through easily? Declining job performance is one of the signs of burnout that you should watch out for.
Burnout affects everything – your personal and work life. If you feel yourself slipping on the job, cutting corners and find your focus slipping away, it’s time to ask why before your life follows the same route.
9. Health Problems
Studies have shown that people who are showing early signs of burnout are at higher risk of health problems. Stroke, heart attack, digestive problems, back pain, blurry vision, reduced cognitive abilities and weight gain are just some symptoms that come from being overworked and burned out.
Exercise is one of the best things you can do to stay young and energetic. It improves memory, allows people to make decisions faster, and has numerous health benefits. It’s also a great way to relieve stress from being burnt out in your routine. I regularly practice Wing Chun martial arts, to keep myself healthy and allow myself to continually perform at a peak level in my business and life. You can do the same for yours.
10. Not Listening To Your Own Needs
Are you tired but you keep pushing yourself to go on? Do you need a break but you insist on working? It’s tempting to delay that break to finish an assignment, but if you’re repeatedly doing it on a consistent basis, your hurting yourself in the long run.
I knew a high ranking executive who many people relied on in her company. She pushed herself to work overtime, costing her friends, relationships and family in the process. When her body gave up on her and forced her to stop, she was let go from the company despite everything she did. Waking up in the hospital, her friends and family were the ones who stayed by her side, working with her to nurse her back to health. Looking back, she wished she listened to her needs instead of ignoring them.
Opportunities will come and go. Your body knows better than anyone else what your needs are. If it’s telling you to stop, the best thing you can do is listen to it. Taking a break doesn’t mean you’re giving up – it just means you’re stepping back for awhile so you can come back stronger.
Signs of burnout can have drastic consequences on both your personal and work life if not treated properly. You can think about burnout like sitting in a sauna – if the temperature is too high, you are going to feel stressed and uncomfortable. If the temperature is too low, you’ll feel understimulated, and unsatisfied with how the room feels. The most effective way to deal with burnout, is to find that sweet spot, where it’s not too warm, and not too cold. Where there’s just enough heat so that the room is nice and humid, but not so hot that you’re being scorched alive.
It’s not surprising that burnout is influencing more and more women to leave their jobs. Many women I know in business are starting to realize that a corporate environment does not allow them to thrive – instead
If you’re looking for ways on how you can avoid burnout, here are a few tips:
First, plan out your week. Plan it out and organize what needs to be done when. Some of the most successful people in history, such as Barack Obama, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill and even Queen Elizabeth II are all known for planning their day out.
Planning your day out allows you to manage your time properly. Instead of being surprised by events, you know exactly how your day is going to go and can prepare accordingly.
Second, find ways to challenge yourself. Give yourself a goal, something to strive for. Working towards your achievements gives you motivation and passion. High expectations inspire you to put your best self forward.
I set goals for myself each month in my life and business, and do everything I can to hit them. By working toward a goal and finally achieving it, it gives me a sense of accomplishment and confidence that I’m progressing in the right direction.
Third, find ways to get active and exercise. Working too hard or without challenges can cause signs of burnout. Burnout builds up stress and causes more problems to arise – such as health problems, fatigue and memory loss. Find ways to release your stress and frustration, and take responsibility for your own life.
Fourth, find another option. Women are discovering their sensitive nature to be a hindrance in the workplace. They are more easily overstimulated by negative emotions such as stress, conflict and tight deadlines. But while these traits may hold them back in a corporate work environment, they are a valuable asset in other industries – such as closing. Because women are more sensitive, they possess traits that do not come as naturally to men – such as detecting subtle cues, reading body language and understanding the perspectives of others. They thrive when placed into an environment where they can put these natural born abilities to use. These traits allow them to succeed in the profession of high ticket closing with ease, and one of the reasons why more and more women are going into high ticket closing.
If you’re interested in learning more about a profession that you can do from anywhere in the world, on your own time, without a boss or an office, and one that women of all ages and backgrounds are thriving in, you can apply here for a free consultation session with one of our High Income Advisors, who will help you get clarity on if high ticket closing is right for you.