A Simple Tool for Preventing Burnout

Do you know what energizes and de-energizes you?

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Glen Jackson, co-founder of marketing communications agency Jackson Spalding, shares an exercise leaders can use as a tool for preventing burnout.

“Recently I made a list of things that energize me and things that de-energize me. I suggest that people do that,” says Glen. “I found that I'm focusing too much time on what de-energizes me. So I've moved away from those things. When I see them, I don't get near them. I'm going to focus on the things that energize me.”

Watch the interview to learn more from Glen about managing your energy as a leader.

Recently I made a list of things that energize me and things that de-energize me. I suggest that people do that. Particularly as you get older: What energizes you? So I made my list, and I also listed what de-energizes me. I found that I'm focusing too much time on what's de-energizes me. So I've moved away from those things. When I see them, I don't get near them. I'm going to focus on the things that energize me. It's just a good process to do at some point in time in your life. Take a pen, write it down on paper, and see what energizes you and do them. If it's music, listen to more music, if it's reading, if it's more quiet time, whatever it is, do it.

I think when you have things that de-energize you, there may be an option to delegate some of those things, so you consider, can I delegate those things? Or I tackle the things that may de-energize me a little bit at the beginning of my day. I don't want to have at the end of my day focusing on the de-energizing things. Sometimes it's just harsh stuff you've got to do.

For me, what you want to strive to achieve is a rhythm every day that energizes you. It's more of a symphonic rhythm, it's more Beethoven than Bad Company. It's having some speed and then slowing down, speed, slowing down, so it's a kind of a symphonic rhythm that you hear in a great symphony. It's not riff guitars every second of the day, because if the light's on in the car all day what's going to happen? It's going to burn out and you'll burn out. So look for those moments where you have that symphonic rhythm and go that way, is my philosophy.

I want my day to have a good rhythm to it, I always want to have some quiet time in the morning to kind of think about my day in quiet. And then at night I kind of go back to it, and think about my day again, and go to bed.

It's about the be time, make sure you have you have be time, not do time. I think our younger generation is so much doing, you got to have more being. And that means being alone, I try every week at least once or twice a week to eat by myself, somewhere alone. And I'll bring a pad and a pen, and I'll just think about a few things. And it comes back, and it helps me be a better person with the people I respect and love.
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Glen Jackson

Glen Jackson co-founded Jackson Spalding in 1995. He provides leadership for the agency, many of its clients and organizations looking for inspiration. He has special expertise in real estate, professional services, crisis communicat...

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