How do I cope with a burnout feeling ?

To cope with feelings of burnout, you can employ several strategies derived from the insights of executive coach Ed Batista:

  1. Recognize What You Can't Change: Accept the aspects of your work or life that are beyond your control. This is grounded in the wisdom of the Serenity Prayer and the teachings of Viktor Frankl. Understanding the limits of your influence can help prevent burnout by avoiding futile efforts to change unchangeable circumstances. [Surviving In A Toxic (or Merely Dysfunctional) Culture]

  2. Set Boundaries, Not Balance: Instead of striving for an unattainable "work-life balance," focus on establishing firm boundaries. This can include physical separation from work, designated times undisturbed by work obligations, and mental boundaries to stop work-related thoughts. Effective boundaries help manage work's intrusion into personal life and are crucial for well-being, especially in demanding or dysfunctional work environments. [How to Feed a Monster (Leading in Elite Organizations), Surviving In A Toxic (or Merely Dysfunctional) Culture]

  3. Invest in Self-Care: View activities such as deep work, meditation, regular exercise, and consistent sleep not as indulgences but as essential investments in your effectiveness as a leader. These practices build resilience and should be integrated into your daily routine, protected from the urgent but less important demands that often compete for attention. [How to Think (More on Open Space and Deep Work), How to Feed a Monster (Leading in Elite Organizations), Open Space, Deep Work, and Self-Care]

  4. Create Open Space: Proactively schedule open space on your calendar before you need it. Use this time for strategic thinking, creative problem-solving, or simply to reflect without a specific agenda. Communicate the importance of this time to colleagues, family, and friends to help protect it. [Open Space, Deep Work, and Self-Care]

  5. Find External Validation: In dysfunctional environments, it's important to seek validation outside of work. This can help compensate for the lack of recognition and prevent over-reliance on professional achievements for self-worth. [Surviving In A Toxic (or Merely Dysfunctional) Culture]

  6. Practice Mindfulness and Self-Monitoring: Engage in mindfulness practices to maintain awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This can help you manage stress and maintain authenticity, even as you work to improve your interactions and effectiveness. [The Balcony and the Dance Floor]

By incorporating these strategies into your life, you can build resilience against burnout and maintain a healthier, more sustainable approach to work and leadership.