It’s time to face the situation and to find out what you can do in order to break the dangerous cycles.
Here are 5 main ways I used to break the work addiction and stop the burnout that you can use too.
Phone Addiction Detox: Turn off notifications on your phone and shut it down between 6pm-8am next day and in weekends. Or leave the business phone at work, and replace it with a basic phone call for personal calls.
Email Addiction Detox: Remove email from your phone to prevent checking it outside work hours. I also challenge you to add the next line in the email signature to show yourself and to let your connections know about how strict you are with your time: [Note: I am drowning in emails. If you are expecting my prompt answer, please type ASAP in the email’s subject line. Or else, expect an answer between 8–24 hours.]
Toxic Persons Detox: make a list with the toxic persons at work and in personal life, and DO NOT INTERACT with them during the Detox.
Think about the people you want to meet;
The places you want to see;
The experiences and emotions you want to sign up for.
Create a new hobby — SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY LOVE — and go from there; I know it sounds easy… but, trust me, it’s not! If you are like me, you’ll find that creating a new hobby is a bit challenging to start with.
Take 10 minutes a day, to invest in that new hobby;
Every 1–2 months, get better at doing that hobby — learn more about it, practice it more, test new ideas related to that hobby;
If it feels like a drag, keep doing it. If you fall of the wagon, that is all right. Allow yourself to do that. And next day jump right back and keep enjoying that hobby.
Here’s my story:
“First time I experienced burnout I quit my job. The second time I was forced to quit a project I was addicted to. Both experiences, though different, helped me realize how important my time and my mind is. Using the 5 ways displayed above, I have overcome the fear of failure or overwhelming that usually happens after a big change like breaking up the pattern to burnout and work addiction. It did not happen overnight. After each of the 2 experiences, I needed around 10–12 months to fully recover and be more careful with my time and the way I spend it.”
What mix of emotions (good and bad) will you experience during the breakup process?
How will you feel after?
Before you start getting involved in your new hobby, answer these questions:
What the new hobby is and why is it appealing to you?
Are you ready to spend as low as 10 minute a day to enjoy that new hobby?
Do you have friends that you can share the hobby with?
Once you have the answers, challenge yourself to set up a goal for this hobby, like, for example: “read 250 books by the end of the year” etc. and make that commitment public on our closed Facebook page.
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