The dreaded b-word. In today’s fast-paced world, it can sometimes feel inevitable. But is it really?
Anyone can burn out — it’s not how many hours you work or the number of jobs, but if you are actually enjoying how you spend your day.
Burnout occurs when there is a difference between what you tell yourself you do and what you actually do and if you take it upon yourself to make up the difference or not. It might be a new large task that gets dropped on you that quickly burns you out or just a small repeating task that slowly crushes your spirit.
I’ve collected this post from a selection of books and articles about burnout.
I think everyone should read about burnout, not when it’s happening to you, but before so you know what is ahead and what to look for.
There is no one size, fix all cure that will magically remove burnout from your day.
But there are lots of repeating messages and good advice that will help you not get into burnout or reverse the burnout that you are feeling. Most books tend to have some very cringy parts where the author pushes their own experience and solution onto you. I hope what I have here is not another one.
Burnout announces this fact in the strongest possible terms and rather than being fixed or cured, burnout needs to be honored and listened to. In fact, burning out is a sign that we have already begun to know something about ourselves that we are not ready to tell ourselves. Some voice of truth inside us tells us that our old ways are not working and we need to stop, rethink and find a new way forward. We don’t dare to. Yet we cannot afford not to.