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    How To Overcome The Young Architect Burnout + Why I Stopped Blogging For A Year

    Joann Lui, LEED Green Assoc.
    Feb 15, '17 11:33 AM EST

    For those of you who had been with me since 2011 when I first started this blog, you might’ve noticed I’ve stopped blogging for over a year. Blame it on moving around a lot, working 70 hours a week, dealing with family issues...

    Well, the truth is I was having a massive burnout - I know that’s something we all face from time to time.

    I had to stop everything in my life including blogging to barely get ahold of my workload. Basically my work life balance was just not there. I realized after a long year of burnout that maybe you're feeling the same like I did.

    • You love what you do, but you start to feel taken advantage of at work.
    • You drink more coffee than your body can take, but you’re still lacking energy everyday.
    • You become easily irritated and impatient with people around you - it could be co-workers, clients or even your friends and family.
    • You dream about piles and piles of fabric samples piling up in your little apartment. (Yes it happened to me just last night).
    • Your head keeps spinning about work when you’re trying to fall asleep in bed.

    I can go on and on, but the point is we all experience a burnout in one way or the other. And I want to help you overcome it because you deserve to actually enjoy the job and profession that you worked so hard for.

    Read more after the break.
    (This will take you to my website.)


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      Really liked your full article. Well said Joann

      Feb 15, 17 11:35 am

      Step 6: Write a blog post.

      Been there and done that. Interesting that we've come up with very similar ways of dealing with burnout. Good article. Stay positive. 

      Feb 15, 17 1:44 pm

      Thanks! Read your article. Great insight as well.


      when i can't get up from my desk at 3 and enjoy a walk to the coffee shop down the street is when i realize i am taking it too seriously, and no one will benefit. and making the transition from busy-bee worker to team leader can be very challenging, and few architects do a good job mentoring young staff on how to do so. you seem to have the right idea though, keep it up!

      for heavier things, try therapy. in all earnestness it really helps for disentangling conflicts of family, health and work.

      Feb 18, 17 8:14 am

      Changing to a team leader was definitely very challenging. I actually was considering therapy when I was also having family issues. It's a great resource.

      Found this blog (the full post) 100% correct.  Only thing I'd add to it -  every time you transition in this profession you feel the same burn-out and then you reset.  You actually note one transition here - having people work with you or under you.  Architecture is a constant learning curve and hence the burnout/overwork is not surprising.

      Feb 18, 17 10:40 am
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      It's a huge learning curve to be leading people! It's seldom taught by others, but everyone will encounter it at some point. Thank you Chris for the insight!

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