Burnout is not just for medical folks. Over sixty percent of the workforce in America reports being frustrated by their jobs. They say their goal every day is just to “show up.” Not in a “I’m here to do my best” sort of way. More in a “swipe the time clock” sort of way.
What’s the answer?
Trust me, some days I think the answer is to go to the beach and drink umbrella drinks.
But I know that after a couple weeks, that would get old. And we would run out of sunscreen. 🙂
So here’s what I think the real answer is:
Balance. Not that work-life balance thing. Is that really a thing?
That’s a story for another day.
No, I mean the balance between the good and the bad.
Ever notice that when you are having the best day ever, the good things just keep adding up?
Picture when you’re in the good karma zone: you catch all the green lights driving to work, find the perfect parking spot and catch the elevator . . . all before even starting your day. Sweet.
The opposite can sure be true, of course.
How to find the balance?
Picture a teeter-totter. It’s a long narrow board with a pivot in the middle. Usually it’s part of playground equipment, and children will sit on either end, alternating going up and down.
(For those of you wondering why I am describing this, we have so many international members, I’m not sure that teeter-totters exist worldwide!)
So, back to the answer of finding balance.
For every negative item on your agenda, you need to balance it out with a positive thing. It doesn’t matter if that negative item is something your secretary does to drive you crazy or a part of your job that you wish you could avoid.
When you write down your pro/con list, you need to remember to keep both columns equal.
There surely must be pros to your secretary, in addition to the cons. And those really awesome days at work that make you smile to yourself on your drive home? Those need to go on the positive side of the bench.
No doubt about it.