Managing IT Burn Out PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tim Wray   
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

This website itself might be able to attest to the level of overwhelm I've found myself personally dealing with over the last three years or so. I love my job, I love my career, but man, does it ever demand an increasing amount of TIME.

I don't know that I understood what having a career meant when I was young. I felt I had talent, I felt I could learn about computers with ease, and did so to such a level that by the time my college career started, I found that the first six month's worth of classes were essentially review. I was beyond beginner. I had learned my chops by installing/reinstalling operating systems on my family's computer, the first time after accidentally damaging Windows 95 to an extent that it would no longer boot (trial by fire is the best way, but it is awfully terrifying.) I had also learned by configuring my original BBS, the basics of computer hardware such as COM ports, IRQs, and the like, mostly just because I couldn't get my stuff to work from time to time. Modems taught a lot about hardware still at the dawn of PCI slots and plug-n-play. We didn't have USB, we didn't have easy access to drivers for various hardware. It was a different world.

I was exciting, and continued to be an exciting world even until just not long ago.

Suddenly, (for me anyway), the magic just left.

Maybe it was age, maybe it was boredom.

Only recently did I find way to alleviate this. PC hardware is still not very interesting, but I'm now getting more and more into new projects, new opportunities.

You have to choose to make it interesting after a point. Nothing comes easily, just as nothing really comes for free.

I choose to write a program or so a month just for me. I've only recently started this, beginning with a .net/MSSQL based Door usage logger and ANSI generator for my BBS. It likely wouldn't be useful to anyone besides me, although I'm designing it in a way to make it easily redistributable, in case someone would like to try it. It's not marketable, but it is engaging for me to make because I have an interest in the retro computing involved with the BBS scene.

So, every once in a while, take a break from the code you MUST create to feed your family and create a little something just for you. It'll help the burnout factor, I think. It has been for me.