In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective – Dalai Lama
Now we’re at the end of the second month of the year, are you already feeling worn out, fed up with winter and needing that inspiration to see you through to spring? Here are some recommended reads to help you on your way.
Thinking Fast and Slow — Daniel Kahneman
It is said that the better you understand the human mind, the wiser you’ll know how to use, master, and leverage it. Therefore it is a great idea to read this book by Nobel Prize-winning behavioural scientist Daniel Kahneman.
After many years of research, Kahneman was the first to discover that the brain makes decisions in two ways: fast intuitive thinking and slow rational thinking.
Questions such as why is there more chance we’ll believe something if it’s in a bold typeface? and why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds work, even though we think we are being logical, we are misguided by misjudgement and prejudice. The book also gives you practical techniques for slower and smarter thinking. One the whole this book you will make you better at making decisions in all aspects of your life.
‘There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. That masterpiece is Thinking, Fast and Slow’ Financial Times
Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game and Avoid Burnout with the New Science of Success — Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
“A transfixing book on how to sustain peak performance and avoid burnout” ― Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Option B, Originals, and Give and Take
“An essential playbook for success, happiness, and getting the most out of ourselves.” ― Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution
No matter what you are aiming to achieve, whether it be in sport, business or academia, there are common principles that drive performance. Whether an individual is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical or scientific theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. The authors, Brad Stulberg, a former McKinsey and Company consultant and writer who covers health and the science of human performance, and Steve Magness, a performance scientist and coach of Olympic athletes, have teamed up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how everyone can achieve their best.
Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities – from athletic to intelligence, to artistic – with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains.
In revealing the science of great performance and the stories of great performers across a wide range of capabilities, Peak Performance uncovers the secrets of success and coaches readers on how to use them. If you want to take your game to the next level, whatever “your game” may be, Peak Performance will teach you how.
Also available in audio format on Amazon
Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life by Tasha Eurich
Burnout can also be a side effect of deliberation and brooding on issues, problem areas, and missed opportunities. Time and negativity can be wasted on the question “Why me?”
In Insight, organisational psychologist Tasha Eurich suggests strategies to escape the self-sabotage loop of rumination and learn how to move forward in our lives and careers.
“I’ve found that people who understand who they are–and how they’re seen–make smarter choices, build better relationships, and enjoy more successful careers,” Eurich says.
Insight is also a burnout preventative: “You’ll find out how to avoid these roadblocks and wrong turns, discover tools to supercharge your self-knowledge, and understand how to survive and thrive in an increasingly unaware world.”
Crazy Busy by Edward Hallowell.
Are you too busy? This book is about being overstretched, overbooked and about to snap. It gives you strategies for coping in a world gone Crazy.
Edward Hallowell writes that being too busy can become a habit so entrenched that it makes us slaves to a lifestyle we don’t like, but can’t escape: “You can be so busy that you don’t even take the time to decide what actually does matter the most to you, let alone make the time to do it.” What’s more, many of us “get lost in work” while watching our health, relationships, and outside interests suffer.
Gain a sense of order, peace, and contentment in a crazy busy world!
You may thrive in an atmosphere of high adrenaline, high energy, and high excitement.
But if you find yourself going the next step further, when you become so busy that you’re not enjoying much of anything and feeling chronically frustrated, you have what attention deficit disorder expert Edward Hallowell, M.D., calls “culturally induced ADD”.
Similar to ADD, people who are crazy busy get easily distracted and sidetracked, have trouble prioritising, and often procrastinate. There is too much demanding their attention with advances in technology, longer work days, escalating demands, and higher expectations at home.
However, just as ADD can be properly managed, our busy lives can be managed too. In this groundbreaking program, Success Strategies for the Crazy Busy, you’ll build a manageable game plan for turning a hectic life into a fun, productive, rewarding, and satisfying life. The book provides ten key principles to managing modern life and a six-step plan in dealing with overload.
Also available in audio format on Amazon
Beat Sales Burnout: Maximize Sales, Minimize Stress by Stephan Schiffman
Beat Sales Burnout is the perfect read for salespeople who need a boost, with time-tested strategies to help readers overcome job burnout, turn destructive stress into creative stress, increase productivity and make sales slumps a thing of the past.
Sales professionals are shown proven strategies that provide quick fixes for getting through the day, the week, the quarter and the year. Schiffman shows readers how to: Take control of the day; Use the LBE Formula – live, breathe and enjoy your job; Focus on strengths, not weaknesses; Make realistic income forecasts; Improve relationships with sales managers; Also includes a special section for managers on hiring, managing and retaining burnout-free sales teams.
The books have all been sourced from Amazon and are available to purchase to help you avoid Burnout in 2018.