Updated on 08.21.14

6 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout


Studies estimate that stress, symptoms from fatigue, and exhaustion cost US businesses up to $300 billion dollars in lost productivity each year. In the wake of such statistics, there is beginning to be a larger discussion about burnout, which is essentially when stress, pressure (often in the workplace) and fatigue have become so great that overall quality of life and quality of work become negatively impacted.

Warning Signs! Fatigue and Exhaustion Symptoms

This infographic explains some possible warning signs that burnout may be on the way, and some tips on ways to attempt preventing burnout from taking hold and sideswiping productivity—and worse, overall well-being. Read on to find some interesting and potentially helpful tips, and to gauge if any of the offered suggestions, like spending more time in parks, taking breaks every 50 minutes, or even perhaps scheduling a vacation might prove helpful for you.

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  1. Lysander says:

    Strike Three! You’re Out! Next new author candidate please.

  2. lyndafgrant says:

    text is not showing properly. lfg.

  3. Johanna says:

    Your burnout is costing your employer money – and it’s all your fault!

  4. Johanna says:

    (That was sarcasm, by the way.)

  5. kc says:

    ‘…$300 billion dollars…’ Dept. of Redundancy Dept.

  6. Evita says:

    Unreadable graphics.

  7. Izabelle says:

    Designing and decorating are 2 very different things. This is unreadable.

  8. MARIA says:

    I enjoyed the comparison of shopping for bread to retirement planning better than this article.

  9. Evan H. says:

    I can see the graphics perfectly fine in Firefox 12.0. The graphics are not scaled correctly in Internet Explorer 7. The workaround is to change your zoom level to 125% and the graphics come through just fine.

    I really like the infographic. We really need to focus on single-tasking, multi-tasking is a complete farce in many cases.

  10. Vanessa says:

    I thought the purpose of an infographic was to summarize info, not illustrate an entire article. But maybe I don’t understand what an infographic is.

  11. DOT says:

    The side bar of popular discussions caught my eye today. This is a quote from a 2007 post about cutting all advertising…My have things changed…”In the end, I finally realized that the real reason I write The Simple Dollar is to help bring about positive change in people’s lives, and when the site showed ads that really conflicted with that mission, I was undercutting what I want to do here. Sure, the income was nice, but quite often I was having to make some justifications that I really didn’t like, and that hurt you, the reader.”

  12. Gretchen says:

    Is it just an article in picture form?

    WORST part of the new site and that is really saying something.

  13. Gretchen says:


    Fine. The opposite of the best part of this new site is these infographics.

  14. Eric says:

    A good infographic takes a set of data and provides an illustration of trends/scale/relationships in the data that’s not obvious with simple text. This is an example of “infographics” – where someone takes some info and instead of writing an article makes a pretty picture that offers nothing new, it’s just cute fluff.
    I used to come to TSD to read Trent’s thoughts and insight. This kind of stuff I can get on literally any PF site online, it’s lowest bid type work that just tries to get clicks without any long term thoughts to the site or community. I’m moving on from TSD if this is truly what it’s going to be.

  15. Michelle says:

    I actually think infographics can be a good addition IF, IF they are done right. It does have useful info, though I think the text is too small. I’m also not sure this adds to TSD. And who is Nicole?…

  16. Johanna says:

    @Vanessa: The purpose of an infographic is to make money for Cut Media.

  17. Michael says:

    If you read old PF blogger forums..

  18. Michael says:

    …you see Trent just wanted money.

  19. Tracy says:

    The perfect illustration of when a picture is NOT worth a 1000 words.

  20. Izabelle says:

    As a design and communications professional, I find it offensive that this is even called an infographic.

  21. Izabelle says:

    Design tip no.1: contrast enhances legibility. Tone-on-tone text makes this piece a tedious read.

  22. Izabelle says:

    Design tip 2: Simplify. If any element can be removed without removing meaning, it should be removed.

  23. Katie says:

    Michael, can you tell us where to look?

  24. Izabelle says:

    Design tip 3: Make sure you have a compelling *visual* concept (this should have been tip no. 1)

  25. AJ says:

    I wonder if Trent even knows that this website has infographics.

  26. Ren says:

    Wow, there are a bunch of really whiny people around here. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be paid for doing good work (which Trent does) or with using infographics like this one. I found the post helpful. I’m going through a really difficult period in my life right now where I’m burnt out but can’t seem to recover. Thanks for the tips.

  27. Wes says:

    I kind of liked it.

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