Burnout in Tech

Citrix Systems / Eng kwik6
Sep 14, 2017 16 Comments

How do you deal with burnout? Periodically I've gone through periods where I've contemplated quitting tech because I felt like I've had nothing left in the tank. Have any of you experienced this ? How do you come out of it?


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TOP 16 Comments
  • Microsoft eptoe
    Going through it now. The other day i thought it would be nice to quit all of this and be an Uber driver. Then I think of retirement and am sad since I'm so far away .
    Sep 14, 2017 1
    • Citrix Systems / Eng kwik6
      My thing has been to do things completely unrelated to tech. Travel, art, music, spending time with family and friends. Therapy and meditation have definitely helped
      Sep 14, 2017
  • Epic nasre
    My doctor sent me to a behavioral therapist. I took sessions once per week for 6 weeks. That really helped.
    Sep 14, 2017 3
    • Microsoft Phoenix1
      Sep 14, 2017
    • Epic nasre
      Your body and mind first. Balancing things is the key. They will go through your personal experiences and suggest ways how you should perceive things.
      Sep 14, 2017
    • Vertafore / Ops

      Vertafore Ops

      project mgmt for a large, strategic l&d operation
      Therapy is great. More people should try it for a stretch. Helped me out of a terrible funk a few years ago.
      Sep 15, 2017
  • Lyft Uhrr34
    @OP - let me know if you want to talk about burnout. I had a pretty serious case, depression and ultimately had to quit in order to get my energy back.
    Sep 14, 2017 2
    • Uber Paboo
      I'm afraid I might be at that place now. How did you decide if quitting was the best answer?
      Sep 14, 2017
    • Enjoy / Ops gollypops
      I recently hit this block as well. It created a dark cloud that hung over me for months, and if I'm being honest the feeling has been buried most of my life due to childhood trauma I never fully acknowledged. Even to this day, I still have trouble accepting my life. Anyways...

      Point is, once you hit a block it's hard to free yourself again. The binary way to look at depression caused by work is to fix it, either by leaving your role or finding a way to get out of your situation but still stay with the company. If you can't do the latter, the former is the next best option.

      The longer you stay feeling burned out, the more you will blame yourself for things outside your control. You will build resentment towards yourself and those around you, likely people in management or leadership. It will carry in your mind, body, and soul.

      Sometimes a vacation isn't enough. You need to change the paradigm or risk being your own prisoner forever.
      Sep 14, 2017
  • Uber / Design

    Uber Design

    Ribbit robot
    Do you have money? Quit and don't get a job got several months. Learn a language. Play an instrument. Start a new fitness class or technique. Ponder the universe.
    Sep 15, 2017 0
  • Facebook random34
    Burnout also happens faster if u are in stressful situations- change jobs if needed
    Sep 14, 2017 0
  • Facebook random34
    Thinking of taking a break too - it is not uncommon to run out of gas and you need to stop to refuel. Also - checking out on weekends helps.
    Sep 14, 2017 0
  • Northrop Grumman / Other

    Northrop Grumman Other

    ViaSat, Northrop Grumman, US Navy
    Cyber Security Engineer and Risk Management professional.
    Don't be afraid to change jobs. I've done it many times and it can make a world of difference.
    Sep 15, 2017 0
  • NerdWallet sOBk65
    Find hobbies that you like doing outside of work (not tech) and make an effort to actively pursue them, you will feel more rejuvenated at work.
    Sep 15, 2017 0
  • Wish / Eng

    Wish Eng

    Amazon, Facebook, Google
    Regularly take Mondays or Fridays off instead of the big long vacation. Turn off everything. You're brain just needs some rest.
    Sep 15, 2017 0
  • Slalom Consulting Chist04
    There are so many parts of tech. Despite whatever your day in day out work is, find a related area within tech you're excited about that may keep you engaged or stimulated. Talk about it with coworkers or other tech folks you know. Try books, audiobooks, learn a language/skill from someone else, work on a brown bag presentation. It seems counter intuitive that doing this extra activity might make you less burned out, but assumedly you got into tech because you like part of it. Find a piece that's interesting outside of what's burning you out and make it a part of your day.
    Sep 14, 2017 0