I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that millennials are lazy and unwilling to work. As a millennial woman I can honestly say that’s not true. Within the workforce, some of the most hard-working, stressed out individuals are millennials. I honestly don’t think we get enough recognition for the amount of work we put in on a daily basis in an effort to chase our dreams. During the past 5 years, the number of millennials, especially millennial women, who have created a side business in addition to their main jobs has risen. This, in addition to working their regular 9 to 5 can cause many of us to burnout due to exhaustion, frustration and a host of other factors. Because I understand that the struggle is very real, in this post, I’m going to give you some much-needed advice on how to avoid burnout as a busy millennial woman!
“Burnout is when long-term exhaustion meets diminished interest.” Unknown
How To Avoid Burnout As A Busy Millennial Woman
So many of us work hard every day and that’s great. Most of the time, though, we only work because we need the money to survive but we don’t actually care about what we’re doing.
When we find ourselves in this predicament, it’s the perfect time to stop and re-evaluate a few things. It’s the time to identify the symptoms of exhaustion and find ways to reduce stress in our lives.
As millennial women, we should also figure out how to avoid burnout before it happens to us.
TAKE TIME OFF FOR YOURSELF
Before I started my blog I worked in one of the most joy-sucking joys in the world. It’s not that I didn’t like what I did, I just never felt deep down that I was a valued employee.
Because of this I hardly ever took my vacation time and when I did, I would worry about what my boss would say about me taking my leave and the length of time I’d be gone.
So many millennial women experience this same irrational fear, and because of this, they take little to no vacation days.
This goes hand in hand with why so many of us burn out at such a young stage in our careers.
You need to take time off for yourself. Vacation days are there for a reason.
This is the time for you to sit back, relax and think about absolutely nothing for a day, long weekend, or 10 days straight.
Even if you’ll have 6 million unread messages in your inbox by the end of your vacation, take the time you need to recharge and don’t worry about it.
The work will always be there but if you don’t take the time off, you might not be.
BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR GOALS
I always stress, when making goals, that we be very realistic about the goals and expectations that we have.
So many times millennials set goals that are either way too difficult to achieve based on where they are or have nothing to do with their end goals.
This can cause a lot of frustration and de-motivation.
To prevent this from happening and to prevent burnout, learn how to set realistic goals for yourself.
I speak a lot about setting goals here.
Take one step back and really look at the expectations you place on yourself at work and other areas of your life.
- Are you trying to be too much to too many people?
- What is the length of your daily to-do list?
- Are you trying too hard to be perfect all the time?
Look at your goals and try to ensure they are attainable and don’t just look nice on a page.
Ay yi yi. This is one of the main ways that we as millennials burn ourselves out. We want to do too many things for too many people, all at the same time.
At first, it seems like multi-tasking is the way to go. Trust me, it’s not.
The more you multi-task and the longer hours you work while getting fewer things done, the sooner you realize that multi-tasking is just a recipe for exhaustion and work burnout.
When you mono-task you slow down and give yourself time to complete each specific task properly.
To learn more about mono-tasking, click here.
OUTSOURCE IF NEEDED
It is a scary thing when we have to place responsibility in the hands of someone else. (I used to always get super nervous when I had to do this!)
We always want to get things done ourselves, but the truth is that’s not always possible.
To avoid workplace stress and burnout, you have to learn when to outsource things you need to get done.
A number of large companies outsource business processes to third-party suppliers because they understand that it is impossible for one person or one company to do it all.
The same goes for you. No-one can do everything themselves and it’s always okay to ask someone else for help if you really need it.
Try to figure out exactly what others can do and learn how to delegate those tasks to them.
When you ask someone else for help, you give yourself the time and space to focus on those tasks that really require your attention.
FIND A MENTOR
One of the best things that ever happened to me in my adult life was finding a mentor who could help me in my professional and personal life.
Having a mentor can be a huge plus if you want to learn how to avoid burnout as a busy millennial.
Whether it’s within your company or just another person you know who has been where you are right now, find someone you can have honest conversations with.
Find someone who will, whenever you feel like you are at the end of your rope or you just can’t do this anymore, encourage you and guide you back to where you need to be.
Ask them any questions that you might have because chances are they’ve been where you are now and can give you valuable information to help you out.
RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES
I know I already mentioned that taking time off for vacation is a great way to relieve stress, reduce burnout and prevent yourself from feeling drained.
Though this is true we still need time on a daily basis to recharge and be good to ourselves as well.
The daily routines of some of the happiest people in the world all involve giving themselves time to rest and relax every day.
Set aside at least 5 to 10 minutes between tasks to grab a cup of coffee or just breathe.
At the end of the day, when you’re heading home, as much as is possible, leave work at the office so you can have the chance to enjoy your evening no work involved.
FIND A CREATIVE OUTLET
Finally, the number one way I prevent burnout, personally, is by finding a creative outlet that allows me to blow off some steam.
That can mean different things for each person. My creative outlets are my blog, DIY and design, and photography.
Find a creative outlet or a hobby that works for you and that makes you feel amazing.
Make a list of all the activities that you enjoy, that relieve stress and schedule time each week for them.
The more time you have to be creative and free, the happier you’ll be in other areas of your life.
MILLENNIAL BURNOUT IS REAL
As shocking as it might sound, more millennial women are leaving their jobs today than their male counterparts. Why is that? Aren’t millennial women kicking butt and living the life of their dreams?
Some of them are, absolutely. However, a larger number of women are burning out before they even reach the age of 30.
The good news is that you can prevent this from happening to you.
Utilize the strategies I talked about above and work hard to prevent burnout. Stay on the path that leads to you becoming the best version of yourself!
Also, let me know. Are you feeling burnt out? What are some things that affect the way you do your job? I love reading your comments and hearing your thoughts so please comment down below. Also if you have any questions feel free to ask me them in the comment section below. Please also like and share this post and sign up so you never miss a thing!
Until next time.
Peace, love and prayers.