Are you exhausted with no energy to do good work?
Are you cynical with negative attitudes toward projects?
If so, you might be burned out.
What is burnout anyway?
There are different definitions of burnout, and here is one recently suggested in an article in Harvard Business Review. Check out this quick assessment to see if you might be headed toward burnout.
Rate your stress on a scale from 0 – 10, 0 = negligible stress and 10 = extreme stress
Workload: Sustainability of the amount of work on your plate
Values: Whether you connect with your work on a deeper level
Reward: Both financial and social rewards (e.g., recognition)
Control: The autonomy you have over when, where, and how you do your work
Fairness: The feeling that you are treated equitably at work
Community: Professional relationships that boost engagement
The overall cause of burnout is an overwhelming amount of chronic stress. If you think you are getting close to this point, then identify the categories that seem to be the biggest problems and take action there.
If you are not able to make progress, then consider consulting a mental health professional. Your health needs to be a top priority and stress is nothing to take lightly.
*Ideas for this blog taken from: Bailey, C. “A Two Minute Burnout Assessment,” Harvard Business Review online, April 10, 2023.