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Burnout

Perhaps its being stuck inside my apartment for a year, but I just can't seem to find any way to find my spark again. Even simple tasks are taking twice as long as they should be.


What helps you?


Yes, I have a peloton.

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DaveFromCollege
Notorious Answer
+7
Account Executive
Sorry to hear that. Be sure to keep in touch with close friends via Facetime, which has helped me a lot, and consider speaking with a therapist.
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
@DaveFromCollege thats a good idea. Thanks!
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
+13
Account Executive
Unfortunately, how I dealt with my burnout was by leaving my job recently. The burnout was brought on by bad leadership.
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
@CadenceCombat yep. Working on leaving this toxic shitshow, but I want to make sure that I’ve got this managed so I’ll be ready to fire when I land that new gig (which looks to be really sweet - and hard, but sweet).
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
+13
Account Executive
@Incognito Sending you good vibes! Hope it all works out.
YoungGoat
Opinionated
+2
Surgical Technology Specialist
I'm very close to this point as well. I'm just trying to hang on a little bit longer until I find something else to jump to
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
+13
Account Executive
Yep. Same thing here but I couldn't take it anymore and feel optimistic about what the future holds.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
up in Fiji, under paddy
I find getting in touch with nature and disconnecting with technology very powerful in improving mental health. 


I live downtown in a city, so for me that often means simply going for an hour walk in a park and making a conscious effort to ignore my phone on weekends unless it's to call or text someone about something important. Instead of scrolling through the internet I pick up a book or do something I've been meaning to do around the house instead. 
woof
WR Officer
+4
Account Executive
Burnout can come in a few forms, and I'm curious about the reason for your burnout. 

I'm currently feeling the same at a job I genuinely love and also do very well at. 

If you're burning out because you hate what you sell, your manager is a nightmare and your quota is entirely unattainable then those are signs that you should probably look for something new and the spark will likely never return. 

But if those things don't sound like you, you may be overworking (which is where I find myself). I'm trying to do better at having a hard stop at 5 pm and doing things that bring me joy, not think about work, spending time outdoors, face-timing with family and friends, etc. 
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
@woof im burning out because I hate my company. I worked my ass off for everything I’ve earned and they absolutely sabotage me. I have mentioned this in other threads; it has nothing to do with me personally, but more to do with sabotage attempts at my boss and our office in general. Also that I’m a woman (my boss is a woman as well). I’m fairly certain she resigned yesterday, but that’s not public yet. 

I made the biggest sale of 2020 (in a company doing 2Billion in rev!!!!) and I got nothing. They praised “the team” (aka the dudes who did nothing) and proceeded to fuck it up so badly that they lost the account in 3 months. That would have been residual income for me. They also fucked my commission on it, too. Should have been $20k. I got $7k. 

ANYWAY

Im just so damned sour and tired. I know this is supposed to be hard. I should double down and get more reach, influence and connections to get a new job ASAP but I just can’t find the energy. 

suggestions? 
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
+13
Account Executive
“Yes, I have a Peloton.” Lulz
Trinity
WR Officer
+7
BusDev
It must be hard being stuck inside an apartment during a pandemic. Is the weather getting nicer where you live? Perhaps a long walk or a hike would help.
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
@Trinity it was finally nice last week, but I’m in NYC and this week has been awful. I like rollerblading, and it’s something I can do when there isn’t a million feet of snow, rain, or freezing temperatures. I just go in the bike lanes and flip off cars. 🖕 That’s kinda fun. 
Trinity
WR Officer
+7
BusDev
Love NYC, one of my fave cities. I'm in Toronto and this weekend it's supposed to be nice.
But I'm with you in finding ways to beat that slump and get the spark back being home for a year now. 
Going grocery shopping albeit curbside pickup has been my social interaction with a human being for a year
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SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
the peloton made me laugh. How do you spend your day man? Exercise can help. 
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
@SalesPharaoh I also have my gym (which has been open since June outdoors, then indoors at reduced capacity and masked) a few blocks away. They allow us to go three times a week. So there’s that too. When it’s nice I go rollerblading 🤷‍♀️

tbh I wake up and go to my desk and just find myself stuck there. Like, I know I should stop but I can’t and it’s making me get less and less accomplished..... and I’m just so tired. So basically I need ideas to break the cycle that are feasible.
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
so you workout, I assume see friends? Have you tried to take more responsibilities in your position?
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ViktorfromSales
Opinionated
+1
Enterprise Account Executive
The time I experienced burnout was due to bad leadership. Other times when I got close I took a step back, worked way fewer hours than needed to hit quota BUT focused actively on myself and what I ultimately want to get out of life. Working towards those goals. 

Maybe check out the book “the subtle art of not giving a fuck” if it isn’t too serious. 

if it is, try reflection. I have my bad days battling depression at times and what never fails is reflection in the morning and evening. Name 3 things that you are grateful for and 3 ways you can make the day good/even better. Try this for a few days and you’ll get hooked. It’s amazing. 
Incognito
WR Officer
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Master of Disaster
Thanks! Great advice 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
I use an app daily (free version) called Sanvello. You check in daily with your mood, notes, etc and it sends you weekly reports. There's also free resources and people to talk to at all times. 
Jferg
Fire Starter
+4
Director of Sales
What do you like to do? Sometimes for me it helps to find something to look forward to. Scheduling a weekend out of my current space. Getting out in nature more. Last time I hit a burnout was actually during my last job hunt. As soon as I stopped trying so hard I was able to make progress, that was after I took some time away. We can throw out ideas but it will come down to what inspires you. 

Also, I recently subscribed to Cope Notes to which gives me a daily dose of positivity. I think of over time this has made an impact because I’m always looking for my daily text. They make me think differently. 

Yesterday, it told me: 

“If you improve by just 1% every day, by this time next year, you'll be 3,800% better.

Don't discount those tiny steps. What do you think big wins are made of?”
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
@Jferg  - as I said below, I used to love to go to shows. Hell, I even used to run night clubs once upon a time when I was 18.... but I just really love live art in all forms. That hasn't translated well to a virtual environment. I know that many bands are doing stuff on Twitch but its really not even close. It's the live energy of the crowd, the shitty overpriced drinks, weird "only in new york" venues......all of that is part of the experience. 

I also really hate camping and nature and stuff. Well, that's not true. I like specific exotic destinations in nature. So basically everything that is on hold for the foreseeable future. 

I'll look into Cope Notes, though. Thanks!
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
I went back into the office as soon as my company allowed it starting last May.  There's very few of us in there, but it's good seeing other people regularly and getting into some kind of normal routine. Is your company/state still pretty locked down?  Personal preference, but I'm not a WFH kinda guy.  I would definitely get burnt out too.
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
@HarryCaray I take Covid rather seriously, so I do my best to be a responsible human. They opened my office last week but the people there are not following any safety protocols. Hard no for me. 

I am looking forward to the opportunity to get out once I'm able, for sure! I have met prospects and clients in person - just in a responsible way. 
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
sounds like you're probably stressing yourself out then.  Good luck to you!
Randypandy
SaaS Account Executive
Yeah 100p feel this even with simple tasks I put them off or take twice as long. I got another job and am taking 5 weeks off in between. I’m hoping that will help 
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
@Randypandy i did that with my last job. I took a good 5 months off before I started even looking. I hadn’t had more than 4 days off in the last *7years* so I needed a break. 

Once I have the new job lined up I’ll probably take a few weeks in between if I’m able. Depends on when and where that is, though. 

Once I’ve officially hit quota for this quarter (should be today), I think I might take some vacation time and collect my bonus. I have yet to take any thus far, and 9/10 weeks I work all 7 days. 
YoungGoat
Opinionated
+2
Surgical Technology Specialist
Therapy has been huge for me
deviantzen
WR Lieutenant
+9
Consultant
I think some PTO is in order. One thing a mentor taught me early on is--under the condition that you are doing your best on your end--if you come back from PTO still burnt out then it might be time to start looking.
sahil
Notable Contributor
+15
Deepak Chopra of Sales
Take a break from it all. A few days away is refreshing and needed. Leave the cell phone behind 
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
That's very uncool - make sure to have a goal in mind. Even if it's only taking a shower and making 10 push-ups. Baby steps. Early victories will keep you connected and ready for the next goal. Create habits in order to be 1% better every single day. Best of success G. 
fodysseus
WR Officer
+6
Growth Manager
Things that helped me:

Switched up where I was working 

Reading a lot more

Got some plants - plants are dope

Moar sun

Take breaks!

Club bangers w/ AT on that Pelly
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Change of scenery which is obvi a lot easier said than done because moving is hard and expensive
wahmsales
WR Officer
+10
SDR
Do you have any hobbies?
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
It USED to be seeing live music. It's why I live in NYC. There were good shows at least twice a week. First band at 9, last finished by 12. Perfect evening regardless of the day. I would collect all the merch from everything too, because you gotta support independent artists! I also collect various forms of art......so yeah. All my "hobbies" have been put on hold because of the pandemic. Probably doesn't help! 
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