Signs of Burnout, and What You Can Do About It

If after years of planning, managing, exceeding goals and conquering challenges you feel less than enthused about work, you just might be burnt out. In this article in, John Edwards lists seven signs that you’re suffering from burnout and even suggests things to do about it. Let’s look at the signs first.

No Motivation

Diminishing interest in everyday activities is a common symptom of burnout. This could manifest itself in a lack of excitement in future tech.


When no amount of rest or sleep can provide the necessary refreshment, it may be because of a grueling work schedule.

Trouble Focusing

IT leaders are expected to provide rapid solutions. However, if they can only be resolved with the help of external providers, this leads to delays and distractions and can result in concentration problems.

A Short Fuse

Arguments at work and outside work, general frustration and anger are tell-tale signs of burnout. This will result in resentment at work and at home.

Health Issues

Frequent colds and stomach upsets, and other health complaints are signs of burnout. This could even result in psychological problems, as well as adversely affecting the immune system.

Job on the Mind

When work is always on your mind and it becomes a constant and overriding thought, then it just might be a symptom of burnout. This can be counterproductive and leads to excessive stress.

Bad Habits

When burnout occurs, we often seek escape mechanisms, such as eating unhealthy, drinking and other related behaviors. This behavior builds up over time and does not happen overnight.


Self-Examination: Record feelings in a journal every day. This exercise can help identify patterns and can help you take remedial steps.

Self-Care: Include activities such as adequate exercise, nutrition, sleep, and even self-compassion.

Career Coach: Work with a career coach who can help identify problems.

Micro-Breaks: Strategic breaks at the workplace can re-energize oneself and alleviate stress.

Work Distribution: Prioritizing and distributing workloads can reduce stress levels.

Lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle that keeps things such as food and alcohol in moderation will help with stress.

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