Why burnout happens:

6 years ago from , I like to make things that bring people together. Host of the Google Method Podcast.

Here is a hypotheses I'm working on: Burnout happens when you don't believe in what you are doing.



  • Mike HeitzkeMike Heitzke, 6 years ago

    I don't disagree necessarily, but that sounds more like "What you realize right before you start looking for other jobs".

    IMO burnout happens when there's no clear objectives, unclear/unrealistic timelines, a lack of direction, lack of leadership/ownership. Working on a project for any length of time that has any of these characteristics can burn you out.

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  • ╯‵Д′)╯彡┻━┻ .╯‵Д′)╯彡┻━┻ ., 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    IMHO burnout happens as a result of not managing your burn rate. I am not referring to financial "burn rate", but physical and mental burn rate. It is so easy to get burned out if you are not clear about what you are trying to accomplish, so I somewhat agree. Not believing in what you are doing is a huge part of that.

    A common factor for my own burnout that I personally have found is that I am not addressing subconscious issues. Dave Allen gives some great advice on this and said the root of most stresses in life is not knowing what you want and not addressing the task at hand.

    1.) What are you trying to do?

    2.) How are you going to do it?

    3.) Write your answers down.

    4.) Execute on them A.S.A.P

    Wash Rinse Repeat

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  • Travis Neilson, 6 years ago

    Hey All, I used your replies as content for a podcast that was published today. If you have 20 min check it out :)


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  • Travis Neilson, 6 years ago

    Thank you all for your input. I really appreciate your perspectives! I have a newsletter (not big, just a few hundred) that I send thoughts and Ideas like this too, If you don't mind I'd like to quote a few of you...

    If any of you are opposed to that, please let me know :)

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  • G BowdenG Bowden, 6 years ago

    Back in the day a basketball coach I had once told me, "show my a player who is burnt out and I'll show you a player who doesn't recovery properly".

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  • Seye KuyinuSeye Kuyinu, 6 years ago

    I don't agree. I think burnout has a lot to do with managing time and communication. You may love what you do and believe what you do but when you don't know when to prioritize and manage resources(both human and material)

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  • Ben RegaliBen Regali, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Agree to disagree!

    Sounds like a kick in the nuts to all people who worked hard on things they love and still had to experience burnout.

    Edit: I don't think there is more than one reason why this happens, but being swamped and working too much are definitely one those reasons. People have different stress levels.

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