The implication is: Energy is good, work is bad, and when you work a lot, your energy goes down. It’s a belief we hold so tightly, it’s become an invisible script.
This is a different way of thinking about energy and hard work. And it involves reframing the way you look at hard work.
It’s common to feel tired after a long day at work or to need a holiday after a month-long sprint to finish a new feature. But sadly it’s also common to feel tired all the time. To lack enthusiasm about your work. To feel cynical and disengaged from what you do.
These are all symptoms of burnout, which is becoming more common as our work lives become busier, more demanding and more stressful.
In this post Belle B. Cooper explores what burnout is, what causes it, and how we can overcome it.
Burnout doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care about your level of experience, what role you play in the design ecosystem or what design title you hold. Burnout is just simply another part of the challenge that we face as designers. If not dealt with correctly, burnout can have a drastic effect on your creativity and growth as a designer. –
The “microbusiness earning plateau” is an extremely common problem. Hustle, hustle, hustle, and you just don’t get the same growth you used to get. On the outside you look successful, but on the inside you feel tired and spent.
When you’re focused on creating, delivering, and exchanging value according to the three principles in this post, you can kiss that microbusiness earning platue (and burn out, and frustration) good-bye.
Before you can treat and even prevent burnout, you need to recognize the warning signs so that you’ll know when it’s time to take action