How Burned out are you? a quiz for marketers who are feeling the heat Quiz: How Burned Out Are You? "*" indicates required fields I would describe the pressure to perform my job as:* Intense: every moment is accounted for and people rely on me Very busy, but I can handle it Well-paced: I have busy times and down times Easy peasy: I have a pretty chill gig Zip! Zero! Maybe I’m unemployed or I work for the government? I would describe my level of overwhelm as:* Non-existent Pretty minor overall Steadily growing Being in the middle of a literal tornado sounds more chill I have transcended overwhelm and moved on to pure emotional chaos As a new week approaches, I most commonly feel:* Excited: I can’t wait to jump in Positive: I feel relaxed about the coming week Neutral: it’s just another week, I’ll take whatever comes in stride Anxious and stressed Absolute DREAD: Sundays are beyond scary When a project starts to veer off track I feel:* Fine: I’m good at leveraging my resources and switching gears Mildly annoyed: This isn't ideal but I can handle it Irritated: I don’t have time for this! Panicky: Fixing this will mean dropping the ball on something else I completely short-circuit and contemplate running off to join the circus When a friend asks how work is going, I:* Gush about the latest cool thing I'm working on Share some recent personal wins (to try to focus on the positive) Sigh deeply and change the subject Go on a lengthy rant Start crying uncontrollably When it comes to managing my workload, I'm:* Extremely organized: Every task, file, resource, etc. has its place/role Pretty organized: I use systems to stay on track but sometimes stuff slips through the cracks Somewhat organized: I try to stay on top of things but it's a concerted effort Poorly organized: My systems are messy and I've been known to drop a ball (or two, or three) I'm a hot mess and flying by the seat of my pants (help!) When I reflect on my current company or business, I feel:* Ecstatic: I love my job and the future is bright! Positive: I see plenty of potential but occasionally wonder about other opportunities Neutral: I neither love nor hate it. Not sure what the future holds (except for a vacation) Growing pessimism: the shine has worn off and this isn’t fun anymore Over this sh*t. Ready to quit doesn’t even begin to cover it When it comes to work-related accomplishments:* *air horns* I'M CRUSHING IT! Everything I touch turns to gold I've nailed a number of notable projects recently I do what I need to get done, but not much else I’m barely keeping up and often feel like I'm behind *cynical laugher* *cry emoji* If I had to describe work's impact on my time with friends and family, I'd say:* No distractions for me: work stays at work I have a pretty decent work-life balance. Work barges into my home more frequently than I'd like I've missed more than a few special moments due to work I work so much my family has filed a missing person's report If I had to describe the level of support I receive from those around me (i.e. family, boss, coworkers, etc.), I'd say: I'm wrapped in a cocoon of support I feel decently supported in most areas of my life I'd say it's about a 50/50 split Conflicts and ambivalence outweigh the support I receive I feel completely alone When it comes to work's impact on my ability to rest, I'd say:* Not at all: ZZZZzzzz... I occasionally have trouble sleeping or have work-related stress dreams I try to relax but often find myself thinking about work stressors I haven't had a decent night's rest in months Error 404: Rest not found When a work email comes in during off-hours I respond:* Never: Is there ever *really* a marketing emergency? Rarely: I'll take a peek but will only respond to put out a fire Sometimes: I try not to but secretly feel obligated to respond ASAP Usually: I'll check and respond if it's a client... or my boss.. or.. or... Always: I paused in the middle of this quiz to respond to one! My philosophy on unplugging during vacation is:* I'm off the grid, baby! I limit how much I check in I'm uncomfortable being too disconnected so I check in regularly I can't be too far from my phone for very long Wait, what does "unplug" mean? When I think about the meaning behind my work, I feel:* My work makes an important impact I enjoy my work but it's probably not changing the world My work can be meaningful depending on what I'm working on My work isn't meaningful at all. I mean who reads this stuff? Please. The nihilism has completely taken over When it comes to retiring one day:* I have a detailed plan I'm working on a plan I have a plan to make a plan, if that counts A plan? To retire? In THIS economy? LOL!