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Fighting burnout

New / OtherlAHw43
Jul 17, 2017

How do you combat being burnt out? In the midst of launching our product and between work and other life things, I'm all out of energy and motivation to do anything. Help.

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  • Google / Eng
    Nutellah

    GoogleEng

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    Google
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    ex goog lurkin
    Nutellahmore
    just keep pushing through. after 5 yrs you will get used to it and start to need it or else become extremely bored. if you are truly burning out leave your startup and go work for google/Microsoft/Oracle.
    Jul 17, 20173
    • Google Noogler69
      I've been burnt out before, there's no way I would've been able to "just push through" for five years…
      Jul 17, 2017
    • New / OtherlAHw43
      OP
      Right?
      Jul 17, 2017
    • HealthNow / Eng
      binarycafe

      HealthNowEng

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      healthnow
      binarycafemore
      if you're truly burnt out your body starts to shut down and accumulate dangerous ailments / illnesses.... fighting thorough that would not be wise
      Jul 17, 2017
  • Apple / Eng
    DudeAbides

    AppleEng

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    Microsoft
    DudeAbidesmore
    Workout. Don't skip the gym. It's very easy to get caught up with booze or cannabis as a crutch for burnout stress. Neither have the goal of separating yourself from work and putting yourself first and work second.
    Jul 17, 20172
    • IBM / Design
      IBMmm-Mmm

      IBMDesign

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      IBM, Apple
      IBMmm-Mmmmore
      This. It’s easy to forget that working out gives you energy not takes it away.
      Jul 17, 2017
    • New / OtherlAHw43
      OP
      I have been neglecting working out lately. Thanks for the reminder.
      Jul 17, 2017
  • IBM / Design
    IBMmm-Mmm

    IBMDesign

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    IBM, Apple
    IBMmm-Mmmmore
    For me burnout comes when I’m off balance with too much work and I don’t even care about the product or if I do a good job on it.

    Take a quick short vacation like a long weekend, do something nice for someone else like a volunteer night or offer to help someone meet their goals, and then reaffirm how happy the users/client will be with the product launch by talking, asking, and listening how great and happy their lives will be when the new product launches.

    This usually gets me out of the career funk.
    Jul 17, 20171
    • New / OtherlAHw43
      OP
      I'm definitely way off balance. You can only work so many 15-20 hour days before you're just done. Ya know?
      Jul 17, 2017
  • Microsoft OoDp66
    What can you take off of tour plate during the busy season? Get a housekeeper to keep your house clean, a landscaper for your yard. Let Amazon deliver your groceries and maven meals make your dinner. I'm assuming the end of a product release will mean good things for your career. Count these services as a cost against your future cash flows.

    Use the time you gain rest or do things you enjoy. Love other people well. Sleep.
    Jul 17, 20171
    • HealthNow / Eng
      binarycafe

      HealthNowEng

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      healthnow
      binarycafemore
      seconded for outsourcing the daily chores/duties. eat well and healthy, and prioritize sleep above all.

      even if you have to pay for these two things to get done regularly, good food and good sleep will raise your mood by 80% by themselves. if you can only do one, make sure you get enough sleep - It's the most natural anti depressant.
      Jul 17, 2017
  • Google / Product
    xnbn24

    GoogleProduct

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    Microsoft
    xnbn24more
    Watch out for your mental health. It is really easy to slowly slip into depression when you are burned out or overstressed for an extended period of time.

    Time off and new job or different work responsibilities can help a lot. I particularly like backpacking for the complete mental disconnect you get, even if it is only for a couple of days.
    Jul 17, 20172
    • Square zcgx35
      But isn't it unfair that you are forced into enjoying backpacking because of the very fact that work life balance is off and you're stressed? I agree on loving mental disconnects, but I also wouldn't be caught dead backpacking if I didn't feel I had the need to be plugged in all the time
      Jul 17, 2017
    • Workfront / Eng
      narcosnow

      WorkfrontEng

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      overstock
      narcosnowmore
      im with Google on this one. Backpacking is a truly amazing experience. I do it for fun regardless of if I "need" it. I highly recommend you try it some time.
      Jul 18, 2017
  • Accenture / Eng
    phamptom

    AccentureEng

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    infosys
    phamptommore
    Prioritize properly. Maybe it is time to stop and think whether your job accomplishments are worth to come before your personal life and family.

    Maybe you are overvaluing your job over other much more important things in life.

    This is very simple, people: underestimating a project and having to work overtime to catch up is an exception, not the rule.

    When overworking becomes the rule, then you have a serious planning/management problem.

    Now if you are overworked because of your own decision of setting extremely ambicious goals that cannot wait, then it's on you stop complaining and push through.

    How do you push through? Your dream has to be big enough.

    Just remember it's all about the journey, not the destination. If you're not enjoying the here and now you are not living, and you are wasting your life away for nothing.
    Jul 17, 20170
  • Cisco / ProductntHj14
    There are some stop-gap measures that people will recommend (deep breathing, sleep well, etc.) but the ultimate solution has to come from a structural change.

    If engineers are working those kind of hours, a project manager (or whoever plays that role) has messed up.

    It's worth talking to your project manager, people manager, or others who can influence schedule, scope, and resourcing. At least let them know the toll this is taking, because they may genuinely not be aware.

    A good people manager will be very alarmed by this, because engineers with these work hours will leave quickly. He or she can hopefully help in a variety of ways (removing some work from your plate, negotiating with higher-ups for a more realistic schedule, etc.).
    Jul 17, 20170
  • Keysight / Engwsa
    If there are senior (tenure and age) folks that you have access to, discuss with them. When it's crunch time you'll always be busy, but that shouldn't be all the time; if you're finding that it is, the senior folks may be able to help with time management strategies. Working with them had helped me a lot with time management and planning.
    Jul 17, 20170
  • LUXLOCK / Mgmt
    TqOA72

    LUXLOCKMgmt

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    startups, ralphlauren, vfc
    BIO
    Thankful everyday I am in tech and grew up without it.
    TqOA72more
    Make a list for your team for 1 week and stop everything. turn your computer off and go to bed with a good book. set brunch with a friend, and do fun. then... start living in yiur calendar and book your free time like paddle boarding, call family member, read a book, go to park with a friend, sleep in,.... just build it into your schedule and hold yourself accountable to do everything in your calendar.
    Jul 26, 20176
    • LUXLOCK / Mgmt
      TqOA72

      LUXLOCKMgmt

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      startups, ralphlauren, vfc
      BIO
      Thankful everyday I am in tech and grew up without it.
      TqOA72more
      i am working 180 hours a week right now... i get it but remember why, and give yourself a break to remember you are human. launching 1 month later is not going to kill the business but it can make you very sick if you don't. right now you are your company's biggest assest. take care of you.
      Jul 26, 2017
    • Keysight / Engwsa
      180 hours a week huh? That's some trick!
      Jul 27, 2017
    • LUXLOCK / Mgmt
      TqOA72

      LUXLOCKMgmt

      PRE
      startups, ralphlauren, vfc
      BIO
      Thankful everyday I am in tech and grew up without it.
      TqOA72more
      temporary but necessary
      Jul 27, 2017
    • Keysight / Engwsa
      There are only 168 hours in a week, so it must be reeeaalllyy necessary
      Jul 28, 2017
    • LUXLOCK / Mgmt
      TqOA72

      LUXLOCKMgmt

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      startups, ralphlauren, vfc
      BIO
      Thankful everyday I am in tech and grew up without it.
      TqOA72more
      ha ha.. typo. that would be some trick!
      Jul 28, 2017
    • New lmfao_
      Unless you’re a sizable equity holder, working that much is ill-advised. Even as a founder that’s excessive. I’ve been there and after careful reflection, I’ve identified toxic work habits and found that things are either being done inefficiently, the wrong priorities are set, or delegation is lacking. In the grand scheme of things, the additional time saved pales in comparison to the long-term sustainability of work pace. Few companies die because of a week. If yours will, you should reconsider your assessment of the market and challenge you’re trying to solve.
      Jul 31
  • New / Mktg
    aw206

    NewMktg

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    Microsoft
    BIO
    Marketer and Creative Director specializing in tech startups.
    aw206more
    Make sure you've got the help you need--you can't do this alone. Even if you're bootstrapping, try to clear a path to outsource tasks that may not be your core competencies (but that are essential to your business), so you can laser-focus on your top priorities.
    Jul 22, 20170
  • Bain & Company / EngSamUSA
    For me it's about working on a project I'm really passionate about. If you aren't passionate about this project, you should look for something new.
    Jul 17, 20170
  • Northrop Grumman / EnguxaZbc0INW
    Get a modafinil prescription from your doctor and say it's because of lack of energy in the day. My friend told me about this and now I'm super productive
    Jul 20, 20170

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