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by Peter Tarhanidis, PhD

We are now in the final quarter of a pandemic year. With many of us still isolated and working remotely as a second wave of COVID-19 emerges, project teams and leaders alike must consider how to close out 2020. Finishing strong together in a pandemic year without burnout is the goal—and it’s a crucial one for our customers, colleagues, families and communities.

But how can we avoid the desire to crawl back into bed until we’re past the pandemic? Let’s take a moment and conduct a check to see if any of us, our colleagues or family exhibit signs of burnout. This may include feelings of being overwhelmed, a lack of passion, emotional exhaustion and falling behind on normal activities. These symptoms all lead to rising irritability, conflicts and visible struggles. 

To cope with the stress and anxiety, we must reverse this cycle. We should re-prioritize ourselves to ensure we take care of our physical, mental and financial health, proactively recognizing our pressures and setting time aside to restore our mindfulness and spend time with family. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, find a strong support network. Taking action to create more balance is restorative and puts leaders in a position to be examples to others in doing the same.

As the end of year nears for me, I recognize finishing strong and limiting burnout involves adapting to pandemic tensions and refining my approach to leadership and project management

Do more:

  1. Coaching and mentoring to direct others and yourself to complete the goal
  2. Maintaining focus, flexibility and agility to adjust scope plans, milestones and project schedules by working with stakeholders and sponsors
  3. Collaborating with teams and staying interconnected while practicing transparency
  4. Celebrating and recognizing small and large milestones

Do less:

  1. Losing sight of the key priorities and getting caught up with issues of low importance
  2. Blaming colleagues for missed targets rather than gaining consensus on how to plan a way forward
  3. Taking for granted the effort colleagues have put into their work and not celebrating their efforts
  4. Slipping into disorganization instead of maintaining administrative oversight of critical project needs

Your turn: What are some of the best ways to avoid end-of-year burnout for you and your team?

Posted by Peter Tarhanidis on: December 14, 2020 01:36 PM | Permalink

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Thanks for sharing

Wow, thanks for sharing ....
I love this one, it spoke to me personally, I must do more of ''Celebrating and recognizing small and large milestones''

Hi Jean Claude, Kwiyuh Michael and Abolfazi Yousefi thank you for your early comments and feedback! I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment.

Best Regards,


Thank you for posting and sharing! My go-to for stress management is running. This always seems to help my mind and lift my spirits - fresh air and exercise. Sometimes it's tough to push back from the desk, there's always one more thing... but I'm always glad when I do.

Thanks for sharing!

Enlighten tips, thanks for sharing. Best regards

Very interesting., thanks for sharing.

Hi Ethan, Joyce, Tiago and Eduin,

Thank you for your time to review the post. I agree with Ethan - running is a great way to take time to stay physically and mentally fit/prepared for the day's challenges.

Best regards,


Interesting, thanks for sharing.

Interesting, thanks for sharing.

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