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woman burned out 1 22860171_sAre you tired of doing what you’re doing? Do the previously fun parts of your life or your profession seem like you do the same things over and over again? Have you lost your interest in your work chores or do you feel like you’re stifled on your current career trajectory?

What can you do about it?

In this five-part series (posted one per month), I’ll examine the reasons for feeling burned out in your job or career. We aren’t talking about clinical depression here — I want that to be clear on the outset. If you feel tired, exhausted by life, unable to sleep, sleeping too much, cry too easily, you need to talk to your health care professional. A series of burn out articles is not your ticket to paradise.

Here’s what we’ll cover on future Fridays:

(1) The nature of burn out. What are the symptoms and what difference does it really make? Is it bad? One cause of burnout: overwork. And what are some solutions?

(2) That feeling of slogging on a treadmill and never getting anywhere without making any progress. How do we go about fixing that. Hint: it’s easier than you might think.

(3) Where do you go from here? Have you lost your path? Forgotten your goal? Is this writer’s block? I’ll try to help you find out why you’re where you are and how to start making progress again.

(4) You think you’ve laid the groundwork for getting your project(s) done. Or have you missed a step? Maybe it’s easier to give up. (Oh no!) What do you do next? We can talk about self-doubt and the hesitation that comes with insecurity.

(5) Did it occur to you that maybe you’re still reaching for the same old thing? Maybe your target isn’t the brass ring you thought it was, or maybe you’ve got a drawer full of brass rings and want to make it to the silver one (or the gold!). I’d like to give you some ideas about how to rejuvenate your goals and make them vital and alive for your again.

Burn out is a problem for all of us at some time or other. I’ve had it too. There are moments when I’m sure I’ll never come up with another good idea, and it seems daunting to try. I’ll share some of my experiences with you, and try to get some other professionals to add their comments as well.

Burn out doesn’t have to make you panic. Take some time to examine your situation and you’ll be back, energized, and ready to conquer the world again in no time.


  1. Looking forward to your insights, Patricia. I’ll be sharing a link on my blog each week so that others might benefit from your posts. Happy Writing!

  2. such great timing, Trish!
    I am actually struggling with trying to find balance in my own life right now, and am fighting burnout. I can’t wait to read your future posts.

  3. Looking forward to reading!

  4. Sounds promising. For me, burn out is when I start doing what I think I should do, rather than what brings me joy and satisfaction. It shows in my writing and other aspects of my work.

    • Wonderful thoughts, Ana. Unfortunately, sometimes we must do the “work” parts of work, rather than the fun parts. Every job has parts we’d rather not do. I think those parts tend to build on one another and cause a certain amount of burn out. I’m so glad you came by to comment. I will certainly be quoting you in future posts.

  5. I think the key is finding balance – easier said than done. Looking forward to the series.

  6. Sounds like a terrific series. Having experienced job burn-out, I can certainly identify. I knew mine had “taken over” when I just couldn’t care about the job anymore. And it did come from overwork. Although I still loved the job, I just couldn’t summon the desire to be as energetic and, frankly, professional, as I once was.

    Looking forward to your posts.

    • I wonder if there’s any adult anywhere who hasn’t experienced it a time or two. I take it that you got over it. I’d be curious to know how. I hope the series will help someone. If I only touch one person’s life, I’ll be ahead of the game.

  7. This is a good topic. I’m interested to read some of the suggested solutions.

  8. Great topic. I’m looking forward to reading your series.

    • Thanks, Cara. It’s going to be good for me to write it. I’m not burned out, but I think a change from fiction to non-fiction is a good thing once in a while.

  9. You have eerily good timing. The h in my current WIP is suffering from burnout. Of course, being that I write DD, my H’s solution is a bit unconventional. 😉

  10. Great idea, especially with the winter doldrums looming. Looking forward to reading more.

    • The shortening of the days does bring out the mopes in a lot of people. I love the change of the seasons and putting up little lights and lighting candles to ward off the early nights. I hope the series helps a few people feel a little brighter.

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