Post # 1
In the last year, I have wrote and finished my thesis, quit my job and found my current place of employement, worked for 6 months doing administrative work, putting in about 50 – 60 hours a week (significantly more than what was in my contract), and finally got promoted to a much better paying job with more interesting responsibilities (To add on a personal note I also got engaged and married, and have had about two weeks off but that was last summer). The situation at the company is one where I can’t really stay for more than 4 – 6 months due to financial and management reasons, but I can’t just walk away in the short term.
I’m becoming burntout and less motivated, and for me this a huge problem but I just can not break myself out of this funk. I’ve tried meditation, a little yoga and exercise, but everytime I step back into my office I’m just thrown off balence. I need help finding my inner peace, especially because I can’t throw my hands up and say “to hell with this!” at the moment, it’s in my best interest to be a good worker but my soul is being eaten away.
Any advice for how you deflect being burntout?
Post # 3
I’m the only one with burnout? 🙁
Post # 4
I’m completely burntout at my job, but there’s not much I can do about it. Only reason I’m still there is because I need to money and am the only person working. I have a feeling I’ll be joining my patients soon being admitted to a psych hospital though for a complete breakdown.
Sorry I have no real advice. I just wanted to vent that out. It completely sucks. 🙁
Post # 5
I am struggling with this too. Some days it seems like I can handle it by making sure I leave work at work, trying not to stay late too often (I have two jobs), having a glass of wine, working out, etc. Other days it seems more overwhelming. It sounds like you have a light at the end of the tunnel in that you plan to leave in 4-6 months.. hang in there!
Post # 6
Are you able to take some time off? You said last summer was the last time? Even a day may help, just de-stress and do something for yourself or do nothing at all.
Post # 7
I am completely burnt out as well. Just don’t have any advice to offer since I haven’t really fixed it myself. I’m working 55 hrs, 6days/week and I just feel like I try to get through each day to make it to the weekend. I had a sales training class yesterday and only worked 6 hours. It made a world of difference! I was able to get home by 4, do laundry and go to the gym. If you have any opportunity to take a day off, I would. Especially in the middle of the week, it made a temporary world of difference to me!
Post # 8
Vacation and a 1/5/10 year plan. Take a couple days off for a stress-free staycation. No cleaning, minimal cooking, just veg out. On the last day of staycation, put together a career plan, on paper, that outlines where you want to be in 1, 5, and 10 years, and how you will get there. Intellectually, you know that you only have a short time left there, but seeing on paper how the next 4-6 months are going to help you reach your long term goals may help you feel more motivated to give it your all.
Post # 9
@inspiredcreations: Great advice.
I Agree seeing the why you are there and what the next steps are can really keep you motivated.
When I get burntout I update my resume and peruse job descriptions to see if there is one worth jumping for. Most of the time there isnt asnd that makes my current situation better. Sometimes Ill submit the resume and get a call back and sometimes now. It makes me feel better that I am taking it into my own hands
And sometimes I will call out on a Wednesday and do something I want to do. Lunch with a glass of wine, curl up on the couch after a run and watch horrible TV etc.
Post # 10
I’ve been feeling beyond stressed working 2 jobs. I have a FT gig and 2nd retail job that go to 3-5 days a week in the evenings and weekends. One the days where I’m working both jobs at end of the night commuting back home, i’m mentally and physically exhausted. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. I was litterally on edge and ready to KILL the next customer that worked my nerves. So I’ve been taking mental health days when I can. Where I just do – nothing. I’ll veg out – watch TV or lay in the bed and just sleep. I used to feel so guilty about it, like I had to schedule things do on my off days. No more of that.
I don’t my ‘off days’ as time catch up doing other things. It’s hard but its an absolute necessity. Granted it comes at a price, when I don’t work I don’t get pay. But I know when my body has had enough. I’d rather take the hit of less cash than losing my sanity. This past Monday, I litteraly couldn’t get out of bed in the AM. Could I have pushed myself, yes, and I have many mornings. I took the day and boy did my body thank me for it. The next day I felt so refreshed. So now I look at my schedule and in advance plan my “out” day. Makes me feel great knowing that I have day off to look forward to.