I’m writing this because incidentally at least three people confided to me about being burnout at work. We probably know how it feels.
It happens to me, it happens to you, it is a phase and sometimes vicious. That feeling of being burnout or lazy is like a “witch visitor” who would pop out of the blue. Though at times, we feel that it is coming.
Whenever I think how driven I am to finish something, especially when I was younger, I sometimes amaze myself how I did the impossible. It turns out that interest/passion is really the key. And if I notice that my perception is getting out of shape, I always remind myself that I shall revert to the same level of enthusiasm that I had during my first day at work/the project kick off.
Shall I feel that it is coming, I unwind through simple means: eat out, watch picker upper movies, talk to people whom I think would make me feel better without necessarily disclosing the situation, but just to chat about other things, blog (yes, it’s therapeutic), and a lot more. One of the last resorts would be to travel and/or just do anything non-routinary just to break the ice.
On the other hand, shall I find that I have exhausted all the means to be back to my senses/enthusiasm and still it didn’t work, it signals something else. It’s like making the relationship work, eh? There the thin line comes: only you would really feel if you need to take two more steps for the big change.
I tried an additional approach this year. It’s not everyday, but on a journal I write whenever I feel like ranting or whatever I like at the moment. In particular, my last entry was on 6th of August. Wow, it’s been a while. It means I’m so alright. Then I re-read my previous entries and they are now just making me giggle, frown, giggle, and giggle more. It is funny because as of those moments, I wrote on a tone that everything is dead end. That I’m giving up. But because I’m perfectly fine now, so I’d see that I’m just a kid that day. And that’s normal. And after I wrote about my angst, I try to leave it all behind and ALWAYS think that tomorrow is a brand new day.
This list from Zen Habits would also help. Personally, I think these should not be taken in totality. In my case, I find that at least a couple of items are effective enough.
1. Achieve in increments
2. Train your muse.
3. Work less.
4. Define success realistically.
5. Get more sleep.
6. Take it slow(er).
8. Set clear boundaries.
9. When you’re working, focus.
10. Create outlets.
11. Know when to power through it.
12. Never accept defeat.
What about you? How do you stay motivated?
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0 thoughts on “When a li’l burnout strikes”
I am so feeling burnout too. Incidentally I was reading Zen Habits too a few hours ago, which very much explains my lack of posts.
.-= Rico´s last blog ..Pinoy ako =-.
i sometimes do get tired too. good thing that i dont i leave work at the office and dont bring them at home or else sasabog din ako. also may mga extra curricular activities naman ako to help me unwind :p
.-= upto6only´s last blog ..When I Grow Up Exhibit – Powerplant Mall =-.
Same here.. I think maybe that’s one of the hidden reasons too why I’m willing and excited to go elsewhere to work. Change of scenery kumbaga… 🙂 Healthy idea naman no? 😀 ANd yes, blogging is my escape from reality too. Keeps me sane 🙂
.-= cza´s last blog ..When hunger strikes… =-.
this may be the reason why i am in dire need to have a career change, burnout… and yes, i took a week’s leave from the office, but think it was kulang.
.-= sheng´s last blog ..Do Your Part! It’s NOT Too Late =-.
i particularly don’t agree with number 12 [and i usually agree with leo]. sometimes, the cause of our burnout is our inability to realize when it is time to say enough, this is the farthest i can go. sometimes, quitting is a good thing.
i also feel burnout at times, but not to the point of hating my job or wanting to leave. it’s just a phase that i go through. after, wala na din. i guess i can still consider myself as lucky to have my job.
on the other aspects, i don’t live a fast-paced life. i take things slowly, i always stop to smell the roses, and i enjoy life as much as can. must be the reason why i seldom feel burnout with life itself!
.-= kg´s last blog ..Dreaming of cherry blossoms =-.
burnout? haha. ganun rin situation ko palagi. Hanap ka ng inspirasyon. Effective yung number 9