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Avoiding Executive Burnout

The sky begins to lighten, your alarm goes off and the first thought of the day crosses your mind: “Man, I really just want to call in sick this morning.” “It’s not a big deal,” you think, justifying that you’re just one person. The office can survive one day without you.


You aren’t alone. These are the thoughts that plague over half of American workers every day. The number of bored, disengaged workers is higher than ever, and according to a 2018 study by Mercer, over 34% of people admit planning to leave their current role within the next two months. These feelings only escalate as one climbs higher up the corporate ladder – more competitive positions come with more responsibilities. As the tasks pile on, many executives find themselves suffering from exhaustion, cynicism, and overall inefficiency in the workplace. The technical term for this is “executive burnout,” and while it may seem inevitable, there are steps that can be taken to find balance and peace in the midst of the perpetual corporate chaos.


Heather Clark-Peckerman, the Denver Executive Coach in charge of Stratengy, has held many leadership training conferences on the subject. She’s broken down the way to achieve (and maintain!) work-life balance throughout the Pathfinder Program: a step-by-step program that focuses on corporate balance. According to Heather, there are 5 main categories that must be satisfied for one to feel fulfilled.


Career and Business: Your career should be an exciting journey, not a burden. Make sure you are setting goals not only for your own career, but also for your business. Celebrate meeting these goals and replace them as they are reached. Another great strategy is to take advantage of seminars hosted by experts in your field. There’s a good chance that they’ve dominated the same issues you’re currently facing!


Finances: It’s impossible to feel balanced when you’re in debt or unable to budget efficiently. Once your finances become organized, your wealth, along with your peace of mind, will begin to increase.


Friends and Family: Close relationships are important, and having strong ties outside of the workplace will help to differentiate between the work sphere and your personal life.

Physical Health: You get out what you put in. In order to feel healthier and more balanced, the key is to treat your body with kindness. By engaging in physical activity every day and eating healthy, you and your body will thrive.


Spirituality: Whether it be through church, meditation, or enjoying a quiet spot of nature, finding something that calms your soul and brings you peace is a crucial part of work-life balance.


The most important thing is to keep in mind that executive Burnout is a very real and valid issue. It’s difficult to find the sweet spot in between making time for family and managing the responsibilities of the office. Think about what the ideal work schedule would be for you, and then begin taking steps to achieve it. Being at the top feels great, but it’s not worth sacrificing your sanity. Every once in a while, remember to take some time for yourself.

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