5 Ways to Avoid Burnout

5 Ways to Avoid Burnout
April 3, 2014 Bob D'Ambrosio

Leading church volunteers can be a challenge. If your leadership energy is about to short-circuit you may need to try these 5 suggestions from Michelle Goodman, a Seattle-based business journalist.

1. Weigh the payoff of every task. Make sure you spend 80% of your time within your primary ministry focus. Finishing your Sunday sermon trumps achieving inbox zero.

2. Learn to delegate. This may be the most important skill for leaders to employ—if they don’t want to be a “one-man-band”. Decide which items on your plate are better suited for someone with the appropriate gifts and skills.

3. Rein in after-hours messaging. Lay some ground rules on what’s an appropriate response time for email and text messages. Responding within 24 hours is a reasonable expectation. 5 minutes is not. Make sure your people understand the boundaries you establish.

4. Make time off non-negotiable. Plan that long-overdue vacation, sure. But make sure you reserve at least one day each week to de-stress and spend with family.

5. Leave some work on the table. The world won’t slip off its axis if you fail to finish that low-priority task before calling it a day. In the words of Scarlett O’Hara, “Tomorrow’s another day.”


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