In addition to setting short-term goals, it’s helpful to set longer-term goals. The long-term goals are less abstract than the short-term goals, but they indicate where you are going.
Such a longer term can include 6 to 8 weeks, depending on what you prefer. The content of this period changes over time. At the beginning, the goals are a bit more cautious, later that can change and de goals become more ambitious.
These long-term goals give all parties (you and your employer) the opportunity to think about the details and the options during the longer period.
The longer periods covered 6 to 8 weeks for me. At the beginning of the recovery, I just went to school and did some administrative work. After the first 6 weeks, I carefully started teaching 2 classes. Again, for a period of 6 to 8 weeks. Then we checked whether a class could be added.
This way I had quite some time to get used to the situation and I could see if I could handle the load already. Sometimes it went a bit too fast. For example, after ¾ year, in addition to teaching, I also got some additional tasks. That last one was still too much, so I gave them back.
In this way I slowly but confidently returned to my job.
This longer period gives you time to experiment with your load capacity. It also gives rest and the time to experience whether this works or not. So basically, you get the space to practice with the recovery in complete freedom.
1. Discuss with your employer that long periods give you the space to experiment with new insights and the workload
2. Six to eight weeks is a nice, manageable period. Both for employer and employee
3. Be honest about how you are doing. And if it still doesn’t go well, you adjust the goals.
For the employer
The longer periods provide clarity about how things stand. If you know that the employee will work 2x 3 hours a week for the next six weeks, you can take that into account. Perhaps you use a substitute, or an extra temporary worker to do the work.
It is likely that the employee will be able to be taxed more and more. Advice is that you should take it easy. If the load is too much too quickly, the recovery stagnates, and the burnout lasts longer. You also must take a good look at whether the work corresponds to the state of the employee. Heavy projects, acquiring customers, traveling, you name it, can be too much.
You may also discover that certain things can be arranged differently so that future burnouts are prevented.