Staring at the screen this morning thinking about what I was going to write for this blog, I sensed a feeling of burnout! I have been writing three blogs for the past three years, in addition to selling a documentary and starting a new company. At one time I was posting on the Get Employed! site three to four times a week! I love my readers, but that is a whole lot of content to keep fresh and interesting!
The truth is I do love to blog. I like to help people and to share advice. I wouldn’t be blogging if I didn’t like to coach, write and share, yet after doing it so much for a long period of time, I am beginning to burnout. Good advice is based on a fresh prospective, correct facts and empathy for my readers. For me, to just post for the sake of posting is not my style.
So, as I take a beat away from blogging for awhile, I wanted to leave you with some advice to deal with your own job burnout.
Here are some tips:
- Know when you are burned out. Admit that you are not “feeling it” at the moment and make peace with it. It’s okay to be burned out. It doesn’t mean that you hate what you do and need to find another career. It just means that you need to step back to take a look at what you are doing and whether it still works for you. If you are just plain bored, then you need to assess if you have the stamina and interest in starting a job search for something you may enjoy more.
- Don’t quit your job. Burnout leads to bad decisions. Don’t ever quit your job without having a plan or another position. You don’t want to be worrying about how you are going to pay your rent while you are getting over your burnout. Be patient with your current job and know it will not last forever.
- Take some time off. This is key to making a decision as to whether you are just burned out, don’t like what you are dong anymore or if you just are tired. Sometimes we just need a change of scenery, some sleep or to splash in the water on a deserted beach to feed our souls, again.
- Get your blood work checked. Maybe your blood levels are off which is contributing to your lethargic attitude at work. You could have high or low blood sugar or a low grade infection that is altering your mood, making you feel tired and bored.
- Spend more time on your hobby. Hobbies are often our real loves in life. They are something that we love, but often can’t pay the rent with, yet drive our spirit. We can’t all be so lucky to make a living with what we love to do best, but we can spend more time outside of work doing what we love. Make more time to do the things that give you pleasure, whether it working on your car, playing a guitar, or writing a book.
Don’t you feel better already having planned to deal with your burn-out? I know I do. Really, since writing is my passion, just talking about how I can feel better about what I do is helpful. I am going to plan a trip to an island where I can take a deep breath of salty ocean air and snorkel. I will not be taking Malaysian Airlines, because I want to come home alive.
Do what you need to do to get over your burnout and to keep enjoying your life. Take a moment to enjoy the sunsets.
Good-luck! See you on the “other side” of my burnout.