Hello my burnt out friends…

June 14, 2007

it’s me again, the burnt out hacker. Although not as burnt out at the moment, I’ve actually had a string of productive weeks recently. I also had a week-long business trip last month which was good because it:

  1. Provided me a rock solid deadline by which some deliverables HAD to be complete
  2. Broke up the monotony of sitting in the same chair every fuckin’ day.
  3. Gave me a reward in that I got to go to a part of the country I’ve never been to before, and catch up with colleagues, family and friends in those parts. Sure I was still working during the day, but it was out of the office, which was a major help.

In general though, I have to say that although I’m getting stuff done, I’m probably one bad week away from burn out and inertia. There are a lot of things about my current work that I’m unhappy with, and as much as I agitate for change, things move too slowly for my liking.

Still, I’m continuing the path I described in my last post in late February… although the early mornings are not so early these days, it’s too cold for that shit now! Staying in bed til 7:30am is far more inviting.

I have taken on some more diverse projects with other clients to spread my load, and give me some variety, which no doubt helps keep me motivated.

In summary, I don’t feel like I’ve defeated this yet, but I think I have gotten to the point where I can manage it and not let it slow me down too much.

It sounds funny to say you can live with burnout, but that seems to be what I’m doing now.

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One Response to “Hello my burnt out friends…”

  1. Burnt Out Too Says:

    Man, I love this site. At least it’s not just me, though it’s pretty depressing to see that your situation has dragged on for months.

    I’ve spent days on end laying on the sofa all day watching TV, trying to forget about the load of work I have. 5 new projects came in within the last 2 weeks and my dumb ass took them on….I’m a freelancer too and you gotta pay the bills.

    One of my projects only has about 5-10 hours of work in it…but I haven’t touched it for almost a week. I sit down in front of the computer and my chest gets tight and hurts and I can nearly see my inner stress barometer rising.

    I was looking for ways to get over this. I’m on Zoloft now, which has helped the stress some, but it hasn’t done much for my motivation. I’m at a loss as to how to get out of this mess.


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