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You Might be Burning Out | What Signs to Look For

Updated on October 12, 2010

Burning Out

As Hubber’s we are frequently expected to be “constantly on”—always looking for new material, keeping it interesting, and developing new expertise. With out moderating our work lives and personal lives soon become blurred and can lead burning out.

Being a new Hub publisher myself and having ten hubs in ten days I can quickly understand the desire and passion needed to pursue the monetary end of publishing great hubs. I have positioned myself to soon be writing and marketing for myself under my own business the McConnell Group. Since I have just begun I am still employed full time. So really all the keyword research, content development, back linking and contributing to the hub community is done 5pm-12pm or 1pm some nights. I fully know that I will reap the rewards in due time but it can be cumbersome.

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Burn out Symptoms

I also know that I am not alone

Even people who have the privilege of doing this full time can find themselves asking where the day went?

Since I want this to pursue this adamantly I know I need to focus on longevity and that is why I am always watching for signs of exhaustion or burn out as we might not see them until bad habits have developed and they become very hard to break.

So what is burn out or exhaustion?

I’ll make it easy for myself here and wiki it for you

Burnout is a psychological term for the experience of long-term exhaustion and diminished interest….Although burnout is work-related, most responsibility for burnout currently rests on the individual worker in the United States, as well as the individual company, as it is in a company's best interest to ensure burnout doesn't occur. Other countries, especially in Europe, have included work stress and burnout in occupational health and safety standards, and hold organizations (at least partly) responsible for preventing and treating burnout.

The term "burnout" in psychology was coined by Herbert Freudenberger in his 1974 Staff burnout , presumably based on the 1960 novel A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene, which describes a protagonist suffering from burnout.[7]

Have you or anyone you worked with taken a stress day or even worse a stress leave, maybe you witness or suffered yourself for some of these phases that Herbert identified, I know I have;

  • A compulsion to prove oneself
  • Working harder
  • Neglecting one’s own needs
  • Displacement of conflict (the person does not realize the root cause of the distress)
  • Revision of values (friends, family, hobbies, etc., are dismissed)
  • Denial of emerging problems (cynicism, aggression, and frustration become apparent)
  • Withdrawal from social contexts, potential for alcohol or drug abuse
  • Behavioral changes become more visible to others
  • Inner emptiness
  • Depression
  • Burnout syndrome (including suicidal thoughts and complete mental and physical collapse) [2]

“Wiki-fied as well”

Burnout is caused through stress, so look at burn out as the reaction to too much of a bad action. This may be derived from too many meetings, projects, errands. Stress is not debilitating in and of itself, but each one of us has our own limits, and once those are surpassed, we can find ourselves flirting with burning out.

Burning out is a result of the lack of balance in our lives. What happens when you lose your balance physically? Burning out is comparable, with the exception that once you fallen down, you might not be able to get up.

Prevent Burning Out

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Prevent Burning Out

Burning out

So Hubber’s what do we do? We’re all after monetary freedom or passionate about writing. One of the first steps in preventing or recuperating from burning out is to distinguish the problem and objectively assess your circumstances. Burning out can take away all the rewards that you originally worked hard for.

If you find yourself working 60-80 or more hours a week, you need to reduce that amount to half. The traditional 9-to-5 jobs are gone and the borders between work and home are blurred. The dilemma that is often present for Hubber’s or Freelancers is that work and home are most likely one in the same. Even if clients choose to call you or send you emails at all hours it is your discretion to reply to them or not. You are in control and don’t feel like you have to respond right away

Being Internet orientated and connected through social media we find information is available whenever we want it. Sleep deprivation can lead to burning out and we rarely get enough.

Sleep gives us a chance to recuperate and settle down from the stresses of a normal day. If you find that you are productive only having four to five hours of sleep ask yourself how well you would do with seven to eight?

Good writing and effective design requires focus.

In order to maintain you focus you may have to limit your access to email (which I just checked while writing this) Twitter, and Facebook.

If you find yourself burning out stop, analyze, alter, and focus. We all have our own goals of which we are trying to meet and exceed. But we need to remember why we are doing it in the first place the old phrase “the richest man in the grave yard” rings true here.

What is the point of working from home or on the road if we don’t enjoy it?


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    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 7 years ago

      ...Neil Young once sang - "It's better to burn out than fade away" ...... but I say - when in doubt, panic!

      when in doubt, eat! when in doubt, blame the other guy!

      when in doubt, consult the McConnell Group!

      ....and you're not burning out you're just having a bad hair day!!!

    • Dave Ward profile image

      Dave Ward 7 years ago from Goldenrod Plains

      Thanks for these reminders toward balance and self care!