On Post-Pandemic Burnout
On Post-Pandemic BURNOUT…
Last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the “21 days of lockdown” that turned into 750 days of South Africa’s National State of Disaster had come to an end.
In case, lockdown is already a distant memory, here’s a quick recollection:
“My Fellow South Africans,
For the past 750 days, South Africa has been in a National State of Disaster.
This is an extraordinary situation that is unprecedented in our country’s history.” — President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“ The declaration of the National State of Disaster on 15 March 2020 empowered government to take the measures that prevented many more people from becoming severely ill and saved countless lives.” said the President
While many people have resorted to some degree of normalcy, I have kept to my lockdown routine: my home office, earphones, laptop, zoom and no heels. I am well aware that this is not a luxury many can afford, but with the right mindset — you too can make the necessary adjustments to suit your schedule.
It is worth noting that the pandemic caught me in the middle of a career transition, and as horrible as this may sound, it played a massive role in catapulting me forward.
I had just left my full-time job in late 2018 and spent the first part of 2019 fighting frivolous legal battles I had no business entertaining in the first place. The burnout I suffered demanded that I take an uninterrupted three-month hiatus in 2019, where I was not accessible to anyone but my family. After the much-needed break and repositioning, I had every intention to make 2020 my year. Nowhere in my plans did I anticipate the longest 21 days of our lives. Do you now have a better understanding of why it took Moses 40 years of from Egypt to the promised land (Midian)?
Habits, positive habits not only saved my life, but they became the cornerstone of my daily routine. My home office became the safe haven I did not know I needed so much that even as things stand, going back to the traditional office is not appealing to me.
In my (upcoming) book, “You Surviced, Now What? “I share valuable lessons every leader should employ to lead more efficiently in a post-pandemic world. These lessons will help leaders who find themselves in the same predicament I was in between 2018 and 2019, manage the stress that can cause burnout and ultimately achieve more sustainable career success.
The first part of dealing with burnout entails noticing and acknowledging the symptoms and assessing the underlying causes. Once done, one needs to develop preventive strategies to counteract a particular burnout pattern. In my case, I needed to change my habits, which is how I continue to thrive.
Here are the top 5 habits I swear by:
✍I only work at my peak from Tuesday to Thursday. If I should work on Monday or Friday, it’s either an exception or fun work (passion projects).
✍I wake up at 3am religiously every day on these three days.
✍I read and journal daily.
✍I only eat twice a day, drink lots of water and mind my own business.
✍When I am tired, I don’t quit — I rest as though my life depended on it, and to be fair, it does when living with major depression.
Although some may beg to differ — living with depression does not mean you are incapacitated; here I am, running three successful companies and doing a whole lot of other cool stuff on the side.
Still don’t know how I do it? HABITS, mtase — habits! So, what are you waiting for, fam? Go work on those habits and be the best leader for yourself, your people and your organization/business.
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