If you’ve worked at a startup, a technology company or anywhere that moves fast then you’ve probably seen the effects of burnout. This psychological cousin to depression afflicts many creative professionals. When I started my career I was invigorated by the feeling of software and technology, being able to completely change the world radically for the better. That feeling lasted for half a year until I hit burnout.
For a long time I shrugged off feelings of burnout as temporary, something that could be ignored until it went away. But recently after dealing with 2 months of massive burnout I’ve found that burnout can be much more than temporary if not addressed.
If you’ve ever felt burnt out or feel it now I hope this will be useful for you as something you can look at to overcome the effects of burnout.
This post will be long and include a few tangential thoughts. For those of you who don’t want to read the whole thing the way I’ve started overcoming burnout is through seeking third party help, meditating, and leaving food on your plate.