I have been working in tech for over 4 years now. I have created and worked on many projects, some of which were my own. I have met many people in the industry, some of whom I now consider good friends. Tech has been great to me and I am very thankful for all the experiences it has given me.
But there are also a lot of bad things. There is a lot of burnout in tech. This is one of the main reasons why I started writing this blog, to help others deal with burnout and hopefully prevent it from happening to others.
I’ve been through a lot myself, both personally and professionally. The sad reality is that most people suffer from burnout at some point in their life. It’s not something you can avoid entirely but you can take steps to reduce its impact on your life and make it less likely to happen again in the future.
So here are three ways you can prevent tech burnout:
The Tech industry is well known to be one of the most demanding industries in the world. It is also known for its high burnout rate among Software Engineers. As a Software Engineer myself, I have had my own share of people burning out around me.
In this blog post, I will be talking about three ways that can be used to prevent tech burnout.
1. Take one day off every week.
2. Exercise regularly
3. Take breaks between programming sessions
Taking one day off every week is a great way to prevent tech burnout. In the Tech industry, you are expected to work 5 days a week and possibly 4 hours overtime every day. That’s a lot of coding and learning every week. Normally, it takes a few days for your brain to process everything you’ve learned during the week and introduce it into your long-term memory. If you don’t take enough time to rest and recuperate, you will eventually burn out and lose interest in programming completely. Most companies have weekends off but if yours doesn’t, then make sure you take at least one day off for yourself so that your brain can rest up and get ready for another workweek ahead.
Exercising regularly has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels in
There’s no doubt about it, tech burnout is real. A recent survey showed that roughly one third of software developers experience burnout. And a study done by the University of Limerick on IT professionals showed that over half experienced moderate to severe levels of stress.
So what can you do to prevent tech burnout? Here are three ways:
1. Stay curious
When you are working in tech, especially as a developer, it is easy to get burnt out. Especially when you work on difficult problems all the time and don’t find yourself as productive as you would like. I want to share with you some of the things that I do to prevent tech burnout:
1. Take Breaks
When I am in the middle of a problem and cannot see a way out, I go for a walk around the block. When I come back, I usually have an idea about what is going wrong and how to fix it. Also, it gives me time to cool down so that I can attack the problem from a different angle.
2. Talk with Friends
My tech friends and I like talking about our problems and helping each other out. This helps me by getting another perspective on the problem and provides me with a sounding board for my ideas.
3. Go on Vacation
Taking time off helps because it gives me time away from my computer where I can forget about software development for awhile or think of new approaches when I am away from my codebase.
As a product engineer for the past four years, I have experienced my own share of tech burnout. Any tech professional reading this can attest that it’s an important topic to talk about. Tech burnout is the result of working in a demanding and fast-paced environment that never seems to slow down.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. In my experience, there are several ways you can prevent tech burnout from taking hold in your life.
As one of my favorite TED talks states: “the way we’re working isn’t working.” Research suggests that people are most productive when they work in 90 minute intervals with short breaks in between each interval.
In addition, research shows that taking vacations increases productivity and job performance. I can personally attest to this as well — when I returned to work after a vacation, I was much more creative and reenergized than before I left. This also gave me a new perspective on how to solve problems at work, which allowed me to be more productive overall.
Whether you are in the tech industry or another industry, burnout can happen to anyone. In this blog post, we will be going over three ways you can prevent burnout so that you can be as productive as possible and enjoy your work more.
You’ve seen it before.
It starts out so well.
A tech city is born, a cluster of startups and VCs. Life is great. Everyone knows everyone else’s name.
The bars are full of entrepreneurs and their investors. But then the city grows and people change. The bar becomes a restaurant and the programmers move to Brooklyn. They cease to be involved in the party, become introverted and sick with work. And then one day they burn out, lose their jobs, get new ones and start all over again somewhere else. It is an endless cycle that has happened in many places before and will happen in many places again (although never for long).
So how do you prevent this from happening? What can you do to avoid burning out? It won’t happen overnight but there are some things you can do to reduce your chances of becoming one of those burnt-out founders or VCs who turns into a zombie programmer or investor who doesn’t know anything about the product they make or invest in anymore!