Battling Management Burnout23 Mar, 2011 By: Robert Green
CAD Manager's Toolbox: Feeling fed up? Throwing your computer out the window isn't the answer, but these simple strategies can help get you back to productivity.
Ever feel like hitting your monitor with a brick and never using CAD again? Most CAD managers (myself included) have felt burned out at some point in their career. So what can you do? Try a few of these ideas:
Book a "mental health" vacation day. It could be on a Wednesday or a Monday or any day at all, as long as it's a day for you to decompress and focus on something other than your work responsibilities. It is amazing how much of a difference a single day off can make.
Make a task list and prioritize it. Then work through the list in order, pushing all the non-essential stuff aside. By getting the important stuff done you'll relieve stress and gain a sense of accomplishment that'll give you a mood boost.
Talk to a senior manager. Ask your supervisor or another trusted management team member for help in prioritizing your workload. And be sure to ask for specific ideas on de-stressing your life. If you want to learn how to better manage multiple priorities without going nuts, why not ask somebody who's already figured it out?
Get power users involved. Why not delegate some CAD management tasks to power users who are motivated to learn? Yes, you'll have to teach them the ropes first, but once you're done you'll be able to share some of your responsibilities and lighten your load a little.
Shake up your routine by trying a few of these ideas, and I think you'll see things seem a little brighter as a result. Whatever you do, don't you dare hit that monitor with a brick!
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