Burnt out? It's time to ask some hard questions.
Updated: Feb 2, 2020
I don’t know if you can sympathise.. but I’d been in my industry for almost 9 years and I found the long hours & going the extra mile wasn’t coming as easy as it used to.
I realised that my passion was wavering and while I was responsible for managing younger staff members, I could no longer say as a voice of experience “Ah yes, it’s all part of the job – just make it happen for the client”.
I was tired, I was getting sick regularly because I was burning the candle at both ends and I wasn’t bouncing back from the burnout like I used to.
If you find yourself in the same position – it’s a scary territory to enter, but I would urge you to put your big girl undees on and ask yourself these 5 questions:
1. Am I so passionate about what I do that I should stay in this role to achieve a certain amount of experience? or do I enjoy it enough to be putting in these sorts of hours?
2. Am I doing the best by my employer if my heart is not 100% in this anymore? (Because, believe it or not, sometimes it’s not all about us).
3. Work-life balance – am I seeing my friends and family regularly? And when I do catch up with my friends, do I find myself complaining all the time?
4. Looking forward – What can I do to future-proof my career? What transferrable skills do I currently have that I can take to a new industry or role?
5. What am I good at? and what do I enjoy outside of work?
For me, it took some soul searching but this old dog wanted to learn some new tricks. I love the creative arts but have zero talent. So i joined a creative agency.
The scariest part was feeling like I could be going back to square one, but if you choose the right place for you and have incredible, helpful colleagues like I do, anything is possible. It also helps if you show that passion to learn and choose something that you’re interested in.
I believe you should “love what you do” and if you’re going to spend 8 hours a day (or more) doing it and you’re not loving it… I’d urge you to take the leap too!