I’ve been a copywriter for 10 years and I’ve done well. I climbed the ranks… and promptly burnt out a little more than a year ago. I’m down in the dumps, perhaps depressed, and need to start making decisions. Weigh some pros and cons with me? This is going to get very long. [more inside]
For the last 7 years or so (since graduating from college), I've been a professional political organizer, essentially, working for progressive movement organizations doing primarily new media/online media/digital work, but also spending time on fundraising, action planning, communications, and a few other things as needed. After a lot of thought and consideration, I'm starting to suspect that I can no longer work as part of the left (or at least, my corner of the US left) and still be emotionally healthy with the stress I deal with all the time. I don't know what to do next. [more inside]
I just accepted my first real job offer! I'm excited, but kind of freaking out about adjusting to a traditional working lifestyle. [more inside]
I need help/thoughts on deciding whether to stay or walk after a small equity payout. [more inside]
Confused, lost and looking for suggestions to get back on track. [more inside]
Feeling burnt out recently, but cannot go on a vacation or anything right now. How do I deal with this without stepping off the hamster wheel? I do have the Labor Day weekend off. [more inside]
Where should/is my career-life headed next? [more inside]
Do I tell my boss that I'm unhappy at my job? [more inside]
Help me not get fired for sucking at work. [more inside]
I run a small charity that works with several hundred children with about 40 staff doing operations and two people working with me on fundraising and management. I'm unpaid and fulltime, and completely burnt out but it's not a job I can quit or handover immediately - I'm doing a transition to half-time, but it will take another six months, due to the specialised work. How do I stop myself from just setting fire to my desk one day? [more inside]
I'm burnt out, but I don't want to (and can't, really) quit my job. The only way out seems to be through it, so how do I get through this, do a good job, and stay sane? [more inside]
Suggest some non-traditional jobs to get me out of my office for good! [more inside]
How to recharge after a horrible work situation? [more inside]
How can I deal with burnout? [more inside]
Two questions about quitting or not quitting my job in Washington, DC: 1. What are my rights if I quit and want to collect unemployment and 2. If I stay, how do I stay sane? [more inside]
How do you maintain your sanity while managing an overwhelming workload with multiple large projects?
Tips on preventing work burnout and handling job stress. How do you handle an overwhelming workload with grace and sanity? How can I quickly become a good project manager? What should I do until I have the project management skills to actually handle the workload I've been assigned? (I'm kind of freaking out here.) [more inside]
How do I become more involved with my world? (Volunteering, etc) [more inside]
Have I just screwed up my career caused by a bout of anger, depression, burn out and frustration? And how do I "get back into the game"? [more inside]
How do you stay productive while working full-time when there may be elements of stress and burning out involved? [more inside]
Why is it that freelance type creative people, like say musicians, artists, photographers, actors etc. tend to spend years between projects? Unless you're say a high-end music artist, it's economically infeasable. Signed bands usually have 2 or 3 years between albums. Yes, that's often to build up new material, but just as often that's not the case. What's the deal? Is there that much potential for burnout?
Maybe this is midweek frustration speaking, but I am wondering if anyone knows what the average burnout/turnaround time is for helpdesk these days? Back in the day I remember hearing that it was about 6 weeks, but I wonder if other geeks like myself are putting up with more abuse for longer periods than we used to, as jobs are harder to come by these days. Google shows a lot of percentages, but I want to know how long people are sticking with the job before they run screaming from the building.