The BCBA field can be very demanding, especially when you’re first starting out. If you’re not managing your time properly or creating healthy boundaries, you can easily find yourself heading towards burnout. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take to ease the overwhelm so that you have the energy to do your job well and make the most of your downtime.
Learning how to say “no” is an important skill to develop. It can be hard to turn down opportunities, especially with clients who may want to continue with you after your services end. If you overcommit, you won’t have the energy to serve your clients. Setting time limits for family time or “me” time is important as well, especially in the current age where you could be spending all of your time working at home. It can be hard to shut work off sometimes, so don’t be afraid to schedule things in your calendar for accountability.
Set boundaries with clients and colleagues around emails and phone calls. If you’d like to remain unavailable on weekends, you can set an auto response on your emails and even draft them and set them up to auto-send on Monday morning. Lastly, asking for help when you’re overloaded is always a great strategy to prevent burnout. Hiring help to clean your home or ordering takeout instead of cooking can give you some time back to spend however you need to recharge.
- Tips to prevent burnout for BCBAs.
- Why scheduling time for yourself is important and why you may want to use a calendar.
- How to set proper boundaries so you don’t become overextended.