Burnout in the tech field is unique. Perhaps it’s because of the nature of the job - long days, deadlines, an ever-growing to-do list. The work-related problem-solving cycles through your mind long after your workday ends. It’s like playing tetris for too long until you close your eyes and see floating shapes. The job infiltrates your sleep, takes a toll on your relationships, and sucks the joy out of your hobbies.
Just like the work is intense, so is the burnout. It’s draining. You used to love this job, what happened? Now you’re forcing yourself to motivate to get something done, but you keep getting distracted with yet another techie story of how they left their old life behind, and now live out of a van exploring Finland.
Chances are, the money is a big pull keeping you in tech. You have bills to pay, and deciding you are going to switch careers is not going to fund your next vacation or your kid’s college account. Plus, you’re probably quite good at what you do. You’re talented, experienced, and in demand. Unless you work for one of the tech companies offering 4 day work weeks, forced time off, or other life balance-promoting deals, you’re probably working more and more as a result of your increased competence. And it’s tiring.
So it’s decided: you’re burnt out. Now the question is, what can you do about it? You know, logically, what brings joy and satisfaction to your life. But in practice, you just can’t find the time to fit it all in: family, fun, relaxation, exercise, hobbies. You’re long overdue to make some changes, prioritize, explore, and find out what will work for you to bring balance to your life. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. But there is a way to combat the burnout and ultimately increase your life satisfaction by tailoring your personal solution to you. When working together, it’s important that your counselor listens to your unique experiences, needs, and preferences. Once I understand where you’re coming from and what you want, I can help you to move ahead with the tools to make changes, and the motivation – even excitement – to make those changes.
I could also help you plan a career switch, but that’s another blog post.
For more information on tech burnout, check out these articles and blogs:
From the Mayo Clinic, Job Burnout: How to Spot It and Take Action
From CIO (Chief Information Officer) Magazine, IT Career Burnout: What To Do When the Thrill is Gone
From VictorOps, Burnout in Tech
From Model View Culture, Putting a Spotlight on Diversity in Tech Burnout
From the Huffington Post blog, Burnout: The Disease of Our Civilization