Early 2018 I launched what I considered to be the largest project I had ever worked on. It involved many late nights over the course of 20 months and a painful amount of dev work. I had been the lead front-end developer, the solution architect, a client manager and a project manager. Filling all of these roles was not easy and we would often joke about how empty our lives would be once we launched.
I had no idea.
After an opportunity to reflect in December I realised that eight months later, I had still not recovered from this project.
I am burnt out.
My questions to the community, as I'm sure you've had similar experiences:
- Are you burnt out right now?
- How do you deal with your burnout?
- How do you carry on working when the deadlines keep coming?
- How do you recover when you need to pay the bills?
- How long did it take you to recover?
- How do you keep up with new tech if your day job seems overwhelming as it is?
- How do you deal with the depression?
As developers we put unnecessary pressure on ourselves. Pressure to keep learning, to innovate, to keep going. We never stop to talk about the hard things and I don't think there is enough awareness for how badly developers are affected by burnout.