How to Get Over Burnout

A good developer takes a break before they get burned out. When a developer gets burned out, it takes them longer to recover than taking periodic breaks.

Taking a break is very important to a developer. It’s one of the reasons that I took a break from blogging for a few days. I was starting to get burned out writing blog articles every day, so I’m cutting back to around one a week.

The key to taking the breaks at the right time is knowing the symptoms of getting burned out.

A few of the symptoms I get when I have a burnout pending are as follows:

My number one sign that I need a break is anxiety. When I start to get anxious, I have to take a break. Sometimes I’m lucky and an hour break will cut it, but other times I need to take the rest of the day off.

The closer I get to being burned out, the less productive I am and the more time I need to take on a break to recover.

Fairly recently, I got entirely burned out. It took me 2 entire weekends to recover, with a rather unproductive week in between the 2 weekends. I got burned out because I took on too much at once. I had NYU, Rietta, a new workout program, a blog that I was committed to doing daily blog posts for, and trying to maintain a social life.

With the couple day break from blogging and the break from working out today, I’m finally feeling fairly recharged.

A few of the things that I like to do when taking a break from development is:

Overall, the end game is to never get into a full burnout state. My hope is that you can utilize some of the tricks to catch a pending burnout, and tricks to recover/recharge.