I thought I needed a vacation bad. Then I went on one and I still can’t get my brain to get work done. My long to do list is just getting longer and more overdue but can’t bring myself to make significant progress.

Am I just burnt out? What do I do about it?

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Have you talked to a mental health professional?

I worry that whatever input you might get from here, won’t address what’s actually going on.

Know that burnout is not something you can recover from easily just by taking a vacation - it also comes to setting boundaries (work hours, notifications etc), about getting tasked with things you’re skilled to do, getting tasked with things you enjoy doing, and for both of those things still not getting tasked with to much or more that you can reasonably handle. It’s also about manager support and company culture, the daily interactions you experience or worse have to tolerate/put up with. Burnout is very complex, and a few days off only address a couple parts of it, not the root cause.

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No I haven’t, and I’m honestly overwhelmed by my home to do list too.

How do you navigate making it …better, without feeling like you’re being a baby at work. We’re a newer company of about 100 people that’s been understaffed for over a year and is tightening the budget so I don’t see it getting better. Management keeps adding stupid shit to everyone’s to do lists and it’s not exciting or rewarding to do. I’ve switched jobs a lot on my resume so wasn’t really looking to leave but idk I feel like it’s a hurdle doing any of it right now

To be honest, I’ve found traditional vacations don’t typically help my mental health. Taking a day or a week off to chip away at my personal to do list (both necessary and fun) makes me feel a million times better and relives mental stress. You do sound burned out, but finding a new job isn’t necessarily the solution. Like VP1 says, it’s about boundaries and your current situation may be sustainable with certain boundaries in place.

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Came here to say SAME. Even changed jobs, still exhausted. Many friends have expressed the same also. I would say probably time to talk to a mental health professional.

Also agreed w Senior manager on short vacations/days v a full week, etc.
Might just be my experience but as an individual contributor, I would prep a couple weeks before to get ahead on my work,then meet with my boss to loop her in. Then anything that came up while I was gone “could wait” till I was back, so I came back slammed with work regretting I took time off.

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