The #1 Strategy Top Performers Use to Avoid Career Burnout

and how young professionals can apply it to avoid burning out early in their careers

In today’s ultra-competitive work environment, the pressure to always be “on” is pushing people past their breaking points. We are working longer hours, checking our phones hundreds of times per day, and going non-stop, all day, every day. It’s no wonder why feeling overwhelmed at work is no longer out of the norm. In fact, one study found that 51% of white collar workers believe they’ve reached a breaking point – they’ve burned out and something needs to change.

Man crying from feeling the effects of burnout in his career
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3 Things Everyone Should Do Before 8am

A simple morning strategy to getting more done during your day

You have no less than a billion things to do throughout your day: projects to get done, assignments to submit, and people to manage. Chaos is a good thing. It means you’re getting stuff done. But if you’re not 100% prepared for this chaos, it can easily spiral out of control. That’s why, no matter what you’re up to in life, having a healthy morning routine is crucial to your success.

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My 130 Minute Morning Routine

How I set myself up for success each day

Your day is defined by your morning routine, so having a positive routine is critical to your success. I have been tweaking and fine tuning my morning routine for a couple of years now, and have finally found one that works (for now). Here is what that routine looks like for me. 

Morning Routine 2017

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The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique

Becoming more productive is less about the things you do, than the things you don’t do. That’s why I love the Pomodoro Technique, because it allows me to do less of the things I shouldn’t do.

If you’re like me, I get easily distracted. Especially because I work out of a co-working office where everyone is on a different schedule. Staying focused on my work can be challenging. I am always looking for ways to stay focused, and this technique is one of my favorites.

Coined by Francesco Cirillo, the system “Pomodoro” was after the tomato-shaped timer he used to track his work as a university student. The best part about it – it’s simple: When faced with any large task or series of tasks, break the work down into short, timed intervals (called “Pomodoros”) that are spaced out by short breaks.

This allows you to be more productive, in less time. I love that.

So, watch the video to understand more about how I use this technique, and to get my recommendation on an app to help keep you honest. If you want even more information check out: Pomodoro Technique

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.

-Ella Williams