Let me know if any of these resonate with you:
- You dread going to work. Every day.
- Your job is so consuming that you feel like all you do is work and take care of your other obligations (barely).
- You feel you have no control over your work life.
If any or all of these describe you, you’re likely suffering from work burn out. This is a very real thing, but unfortunately most don’t have the luxury of quitting their job and sitting around the house until it passes. It also poses the additional challenge of not being able to be your best self at work, which your bosses and team members will eventually notice and could see as ineptitude (thus leading to you being demoted or fired, something you absolutely cannot afford).
Here’s how to combat this very real issue:
Identify what’s causing the burnout (be as exact as possible), and make a plan to address the issue.
Speak to your Manager. Explain your concerns as clearly as possible. Who knows, others may have already approached them with the same issues and a resolution could be in place.
Adjust your attitude. Before assessing others, be mindful of how you mentally approach your day, how you talk to people, and whether there’s anything you could do to generate better results. I bet there’s at least one thing you can do right now to improve the situation.
Assess your interests, skills and passions. This work may simply no longer serve you. Before you walk away, do an honest assessment to determine what genuinely interests you (that could mean an entirely new career, or even spending more time with your kids). Then search for a new career that allows you to fulfill that need while earning enough to pay your bills. It may mean less pay at the outset, but if you're more fulfilled it could lead to more money in the long run.
Get some sleep. Truth is, many things seem out of order when we’re not well rested. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep will provide a huge level of clarity when you don’t know if it’s you or them causing the issue.
Know that you’re not stuck. There are so many ways to make money, so there’s no need to stay in a job which no longer serves you. If you determine that you’ve given all you can, and this work simply no longer serves you, determine what does and how you can be paid to live your best life. Once you take the roof off your future, more than enough will come to you.
And so it is.