CAREER DEVELOPMENT / DEC. 06, 2014
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How to Battle Burnout in the Information Technology Sector

The information technology sector offers exciting opportunities that can thrill and challenge you daily. However, it also presents stress factors that can lead to a burnout. Working long hours in the information technology sector causes emotional exhaustion, cynicism and a low sense of professional efficacy that can affect your attitude towards your work, your efficiency and if unchecked can lead to professional negligence. You must constantly reinvent yourself and seek new ways to challenge yourself professionally.

Cut on Long Hours

People in the information technology sector often work long hours trying to beat deadlines and keep up with industry changes. However, for most people, their approach to work may be the reason they work long hours repeatedly. To reduce long hours, plan your work and only include tasks you can finish within working hours. Utilize your time well; avoid getting lost online clicking through links or on social media. Take a break every few hours and step away from your desk to refresh. Planning helps you complete your work within a set time. In case you have to work long hours to beat a deadline, plan a day or half a day off afterwards to refresh and rest.

Keep Away from Office Politics

Every work environment has its politics, which can wear you out especially if you feel taken advantage of or unappreciated. Accept that politics will not work to your favour at all times and learn to appreciate the positive moments. Do not engage in workplace gossip or negative talk as it may affect your attitude towards your work or colleagues. Steer away from politics but play your cards right. Work strategically to achieve your goals and keep your plans private. This way you will use the political climate to your advantage.

Look for a New Challenge

Keep yourself updated on new trends and changes within the company and externally. Identify different ways you can adapt the changes in your work and go for it. A new challenge motivates you and fires you up. It provides a distraction from your everyday routine, and it is exciting that you get to learn something new. If you can, share your ideas with your colleagues and work together. Working together creates a team spirit to cheer you up even when the challenge is tough.

Become your own cheerleader

Recognition and appreciation are rare in the information technology world even in situations where your effort is visible. However, you can become your own cheerleader. Learn to forgive and forget the mistakes you make. Celebrate every achievement you make and award yourself on a regular basis. The gifts can be as small as a new app or as big as a night out with friends.

Take a break

Sometimes a change in the environment can cheer you up and give you time to reassess your life. Take some time off and experience a different world. You can visit a museum, historical site or take on a challenging sport for a weekend. Use your break to evaluate your life and career and try to remember what you love about working in the information technology sector. Additionally, take some time of your gadgets and enjoy the life around you. It will refresh you and give you a new outlook on life.

 

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