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Image by Michal Marcol via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We live in a career culture that never stops.

Emails. Meetings. Phone calls. Business trips. More emails. Interviews. Focus groups. Budgets. And, of course, more emails.

Smartphones and other technology have enabled us to work more – and from more places – than ever before. But it’s not just the tech that drives this culture. Unemployment rates over the past 10 years have driven competition in the marketplace, with more people competing for less jobs.

All this has led to an environment where everyone is working, working, working. The problem is that all this work can ironically lead to you doing a worse job.

I’m talking about burnout.

I see it all the time. People push themselves so hard in their daily tasks that they don’t have time for any kind of life outside of work. This can only last so long before you start becoming disenchanted with your job, leading to bitterness and ultimately less investment in your performance. In other words, you keep putting in the hours because you feel you have to, but the quality of those hours isn’t high.

The topic of burnout extends to the job search, too, as this article points out well. The article also does a nice job of breaking down how to know if you’re dealing with burnout, and gives tips on ways to break out of it.

If you’re dealing with burnout, there are definitely steps to take to break out of it – the first of which is forcing yourself to stop and take a step away from it all. If you want more insight into how to overcome burnout, reach out to me anytime!

If you faced burnout in your career, how did you handle it?