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What To Do If You’re Feeling Burnt Out Already

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What To Do If You’re Feeling Burnt Out Already

The burnout feeling is common in the IT industry. It’s a feeling of being worn out and lacking passion for your work. It generally happens later in your career, but if you’re feeling this already, then there are a few things you can do.

Speak To Your Manager

If you’re losing the passion for your work, you can speak to your manager or your boss about it. Approaching them and letting them know that you’re feeling a little burnt out is a good way to start.

They will likely empathise with you, and know what you’re going through. They may also have some ideas on how to overcome it.

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Make time to discuss it with your manager. They may be able to give you a different task or project to work on. They could also suggest someone to speak to within the company, such as HR or a senior colleague, who may also have some ideas. It doesn’t hurt to mention it.

Take A Day Off Work

Another thing you can do if you’re feeling burnt out is take a day off work. Put in a request for a day of annual leave, as soon as you can. The day off will help you feel better and it’s good for helping your work life balance.

When you have your day off, don’t do anything work-related. Try not to even think about work. Do whatever you like–sleep in, exercise, watch TV, do housework, or go shopping. The point of this day is to make you feel better and relaxed.

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It’s only a single day off, but it’s surprising how good it can be sometimes. I’ve taken a day off occasionally to “recharge the batteries,” and it’s made a difference when I return to work!

Take A Longer Holiday

If a single day off doesn’t help, you may have other options. If you return to work, feeling just as bad as you did before, you should consider taking a longer holiday.

Speak to your manager about taking a longer holiday. Most companies provide 3 or 4 weeks of paid annual leave. The reason for this is so we can take time off, usually over the end of year holiday period, to rest and relax and prepare for the new year.

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Take as much time off as you need. If you’ve been thinking about a place to visit for a while, this might be a good time to do it. It could be for a few weeks, or even a few months, if that’s what it takes to get the passion for your work back.

Move Into A Different Team

If the above options are not working for you, or you don’t think they are a good idea, then you can look at moving into a different team. Your company may have other teams related to yours, that are IT-based but do different work.

There are a few benefits about working in a different team:

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  • Working on new projects can be exciting and a good change.
  • You get to work with new people.
  • You can gain more experience in the company, which is good for your future.
  • You can learn skills you otherwise would not have learnt.

Once again, speak to your manager if this is an option you’re considering. Make it clear that it’s not a personal issue against them or your team, it’s just an attempt to reignite the passion for your career.

Move Companies

If none of those options are working or they are not extreme enough, there’s another thing you can try. Move companies. That’s right, leave your job and apply for a job at another company.

A totally new environment in a new company may help with getting the passion back. New people, new projects, even a new industry can all help you feel good about working in IT again.

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You might want to look for a job while you have a job, depending on your financial situation and the local economy. The last thing you want is to be unemployed for a few months because nobody is hiring.

If you’re feeling burnt out, I hope these few tips can help you.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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