NEWSROOM BURNOUT

We’ve all been there, especially after a big news event that includes days of wall to wall coverage, cut-in’s and all the rest.

But as a news manager or reporter, how do you overcome newsroom burnout? 

People start calling in sick more often, tempers flare, people refuse to work with each other.

Sound familiar?

RTNDA has a great read on dealing with this and suggests using these three main techniques:

If you’re feeling the beginnings of burnout, whenever possible, simplify your task list. Delegate or ask for help. Separate the urgent and the important.

If you are always the one to step up, remember that it’s ok to say “no.” It can make it easier to do so if you an suggest an alternative, offer a choice (“yes, but that means dropping x other task”) or show how a new ask doesn’t line up with a team’s stated goals.

Focus 
Stop multitasking or, more accurately, switching rapidly back and forth between tasks. Pause for a moment to enjoy completing a task, and take some time every once in a while to look over some recent work you really enjoyed.

Avoid the constant push to be productive 
Often our personal To Do lists are as daunting as our workplace tasks, but aiming to constantly be productive contributes to burnout. It can be difficult to do so without feeling guilty (or news cycle FOMO), but disconnecting, even for thirty minutes, is a crucial opportunity to recharge. If you find yourself getting home and saying “I should” to an endless list of chores, challenge yourself to occasionally change that to “I want” and do something rewarding – or absolutely nothing – instead.

Some good tips to try. You can read the full story here.

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