Expert insight: How to avoid burnout

Jessica Edwards, curator of co-working space Next in Wyndham Dubai, shares her insights on combatting the factors that eventually lead to mental and physical burnout.
Stress, long hours at work and monotonous days are leading to burnout
By Lubna Hamdan
Tue 20 Feb 2018 04:26 PM

A drop in motivation, a sense of defeat and the inability to enjoy growth are common traits among entrepreneurs, who often take on the majority of the work load when starting up their businesses.

Jessica Edwards, curator of co-working space Next in Wyndham Dubai, shares her insights on combatting the factors that eventually lead to mental and physical burnout.

1. Plan and track your progress within set time intervals: Every month, plan short term goals, and focus on “little wins”. If you have been investing only in long-term goals, it is inevitable you will feel let down if you fall short.

2. Share your achievements and frustrations: Most entrepreneurs do not work in a typical office environment, and that has its own setbacks. However, it helps to provide a platform for you and your employees where you can share good and bad days with people in a similar situation, such as co-working spaces.

3. Find role models in others: Entrepreneurs are great at working independently and drawing their own career paths, but it is crucial to get inspired by others as well.

4. Change your scenery: Working environments have a tremendous impact on the quality of work and overall morale. Working from the same place, with the same view, during the same hours enforces a sense of monotony and can lead to burnout. Work from a different space to encourage new ideas.

5. Switch off: Power down your phone, tablet and laptop. In the age of social media, which has given rise to connectivity overload, it is crucial that you find a way to disconnect at regular intervals. Take a few hours away from your desk to exercise.

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Last Updated: Wed 21 Feb 2018 09:02 AM GST

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