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Are you at risk of Burnout?

Posted on 3rd September, 2015 | Comments Off on Are you at risk of Burnout?

Just about to break... it might get ugly.

Just about to break… it might get ugly.

Burnout occurs when passionate, committed people become deeply disillusioned with the life or career from which they had previously derived much of their identity and meaning. It comes as the things that inspire passion, energy and enthusiasm are stripped away, and feelings of dread, irritation and dissatisfaction crowds in.

Rate the following questions as Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often, Very Often.

1. I feel run down and drained of physical or emotional energy.
2. I have negative thoughts about my life.
3. I am harder and less sympathetic with people than perhaps they deserve.
4. I am easily irritated by small problems, or by my co-workers/friends/family.
5. I feel misunderstood or unappreciated by my co-workers/friends/family.
6. I feel that I have no one to talk to.
7. I feel that I am achieving less than I should.
8. I feel under an unpleasant level of pressure to succeed.
9. I feel that I am not getting what I want out of my life.
10. I feel that I am living the wrong life.
11. I am frustrated with parts of my job and/or life.
12. I feel that others are preventing me from doing a good job.
13. I feel that there is more work to do than I practically have the ability to do.
14. I feel that I do not have time to do many of the things that are important to me.
15. I find that I do not have time to plan as much as I would like to.

Not add up your total score. Each answer has a score:

Never = 1

Rarely = 2

Sometimes = 3

Often = 4

Very Often = 5

Score Comment
15-18 No sign of burnout here.
19-32 Little sign of burnout here, unless some factors are particularly severe.
33-49 Be careful – you may be at risk of burnout, particularly if several scores are high.
50-59 You are at severe risk of burnout – do something about this urgently.
60-75 You are at very severe risk of burnout – do something about this urgently


For more information, here is a useful article on Burnout Avoidance.