overwhelm and burnout picture of woman

What is burnout? Burnout is a state of chronic stress which, poorly managed, can lead to:

  • emotional and physical exhaustion
  • detachment
  • ineffectiveness and lack of achievement

Do-ers, just get on and ‘do’ whatever is needed and give very little attention to their ‘pace’.  Time and time again I’ve met business leaders who, one day, woke up and realised that their energy levels were lower, which affected their performance at work and at home, and their ability to enjoy time with their families. They hadn’t recognised the level of stress they were under and very often, these people went on to be diagnosed with ME, Fibromyalgia, heart attacks or mental illness. The same can apply to parents in busy households and individuals ‘married’ to their work.

Consider the effect on your business and family if you ‘burned out’.

How do you manage your time?  Do you crack on and get everything done regardless?  Or do you pace your activities and mix in some social time, rest and relaxation for yourself?

Review how you manage yourself and your activities and choose wisely.  Compare the effects of your actions on your business and your family.  You might be surprised by what you find?!

Manage Your Time

Dr Stephen R Covey in his bestseller book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, has a simple model to guide us on how to make the most of our time.

Here’s a quick tip, to prioritise your ‘to do’list. Simply write next to each item the following codes:-

UI – Urgent and Important

NUI – Not urgent but important

UNI – Urgent and not important

NUNI – Not urgent and not important

This will give you an order of priority on what tasks to concentrate on first each day.  Covey’s other habits to lead an effective life are:

  1. Be proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. Put first things first
  4. Think win/win
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the saw

More about these habits in a future blog.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Dr Stephen R Covey https://www.franklincovey.com/the-7-habits.html

Burnout and risk of cardiovascular disease: Evidence, possible causal paths, and promising research directions. Melamed, Samuel,Shirom, Arie,Toker, Sharon,Berliner, Shlomo,Shapira, Itzhak. Psychological Bulletin, Vol 132(3), May 2006, 327-353  https://goo.gl/kUCkY5

Infection Elicited Autoimmunity and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Explanatory Model, Blomberg, Gottfries, Elfaitouri, Rizwan, Rosen et al https://goo.gl/9yjrTB

The tell-tale signs of burnout, do you have them?  Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D. https://goo.gl/sWTgKt