How to Avoid Burnout in 3 Easy Steps

Lisa Crilley Mallis, Time Strategy Visionary, SystemSavvy Consulting, LLC

It’s not just psycho-babble – burnout is real!

You’re bound to have an occasional bad day when you’re not your usual productive, on-task self.  But when you routinely feel sluggish, stressed and overwhelmed, you know your workdays will be tough. You’re not sure where you’ll find the energy to keep going.

You are overwhelmed and burned out.

It happens to all of us (I promise!)

It’s important to understand what burnout means for you, what triggers it, and most important, how to move out of it.  It’s unhealthy for mind, body and spirit to stay in that state.

Step #1Identify: What does burnout look like for you?  Do you want to eat more chocolate than normal?  Are you short tempered?  Do you say “yes” to everything because you aren’t up for a discussion of the alternative?  Are you lethargic?

Step #2Discover: What are some of your triggers?  Working long hours a few days in a row?  Less sleep at night than normal?  Skipping self care activities such as yoga, meditation, healthy eating, drinking water? Frustration with your job, personal life, goals?  Boredom?

Step #3Imagine: What are some strategies to overcome burnout that work for you? Take a “turn around day” when you have a completely clear schedule and you work on catching up.  Schedule a day off to relax and pamper yourself.  Turn the phone off for 1 hour each evening.  Get up 10 minutes earlier to meditate.  Go to bed 30 minutes earlier to feel more rested.  Share your concerns with a friend, co-worker or therapist.

Take action right now to become aware of these triggers and solutions and practice them, so that when (or if) it happens again, you have the tools handy to prevent further burnout.

Lisa Crilley Mallis, time strategy visionary, combines her experience in education and coaching with her love of schedules, systems, and time management to create personalized and easy to implement solutions. Every person deserves the opportunity to live the life of their dreams feeling in control and bringing balance into their lives.  The crazy, “I’m so busy” feeling does not have to be way of life.   You can live a life where every day is productive, rewarding, and fun!

Lisa is also the author of Your Time. Your Life:  The Busy Woman’s Guide to Simplify Your Day, 30 Days to Success:  An A.W.E. Inspired Journal, and Ho Ho NO! Tips for an Organized and Stress-Free Holiday Season.

She lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with her husband Lou and his dog, Neuton.  She loves chocolate, the beach, and country music.  Contact Lisa at