In today’s episode, we cover peak performance and burnout with Carey Nieuwhof. Carey is the author of the best selling “Didn't See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences” and the host of one of our favorite podcasts, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast.
With all of the pressure to increase output and creativity these days, burn out is a real threat, so what are the warning signs you’re entering a dangerous burn out cycle, how can you avoid it, and how can you improve your skill set without risking burn out?
What to Listen For
Introduction and Carey’s history with burnout – 2:00
How do you manage the risks of burnout when building a business or focusing on your career?
What does it mean to be at your best? – 14:10
What is one of the biggest myths about building a fulfilling career and life?
What forms does burnout take and how can you recognize when you need help?
The stress spiral and how to avoid it – 25:09
What are the warning signs you are stuck in the destructive stress spiral?
What are the three types of energy zones we all have in a day and how do you identify them so you know when to do your best work and when to avoid doing work?
Always be working on your gifts and skills – 43:45
How do world-class performers work to improve their talents and abilities?
What do many of us allow our lives to be filled with that we should be saying no to?
What exercise can you use to easily structure your week ahead of time so you don’t end up feeling overwhelmed or burned out?
Why should you set goals for yourself if you want to learn how to start saying no effortlessly?
If you are feeling burnt out at work, it might have less to do with how much you’re working and more to do with when you’re trying to work. It has been shown that humans have a specific window of peak energy during the day, and if you try to push yourself too far outside of that window, the effects can be detrimental to your productivity as well as your physical and mental health. By structuring your day around your individual peak window, you can revitalize your passion and productivity while easily saying no to work and appointments that don’t serve you.
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Resources from this Episode
At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor by Carey Nieuwhof
Didn't See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences by Carey Nieuwhof
The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast
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