I'm burnt out, but still need to work.
June 8, 2012 7:50 AM Subscribe
Consultants/Advisors/Strategists/etc: How do you keep doing a good job for your clients when you're burnt out and do not give a shit about the outcome of your work? I feel mentally "done" with my career, but because i don't yet know what my next step should be, I need to stick at it for a while. And i need to not suck so much, even though i can barely interest myself in completing the work.
posted by Kololo to Work & Money (5 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I've always been a procrastinator, but this is procrastination that is so much more! I'm a digital strategist at a large digital marketing agency, and i'm tired of killing myself to come up with new innovative ideas for clients who are often never going to implement the recommendations, or who are just having the project done as an internal exercise. (I.e. right now, i'm working on a 'mobile strategy' for a large retailer, and the client has basically said that they just need this document from us to provide them with credibility when they speak to the rest of the organization. They already have a strategy, they just want an outside consultant to say they agree. And for this i am staying up nights and missing my life? The pay is good but the satisfaction level is shit.)
I don't really know how to do the job well without caring about the job - by nature, i need to be very mentally engaged in the project in order to do good work.
I'm not going to look for a new job in this field - i know i'm not burnt out on my employer, i'm burnt out on my career. Until i figure out the next big step, i'm sticking with this job, probably for another 6 or 7 months - till the end of this year. By then i hope to have the 'next step' figured out.
Any tips? Either mental/psychological or simply process driven?