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Developers Burnout: Why you Have to Take it Seriously?

How do you feel about your job? Do you feel dreaded or happy about new challenges? Yea, it’s normal if you sometimes feel unmotivated, but if this condition continues, you better watch out! You may be close to burnout! Every programmer got close to get burnout at least once in their career. If you think that can’t happen to you, you’re wrong. It happened to the best programmers, so it’s essential to prepare and stop it on time. Some strange feeling goes through your veins, you’re procrastinating your tasks, find excuses not to work, struggling to perform tasks, or simply working so hard, feeling so stressed all the time, and don’t have time for yourself. A burnout story: What are the signs? High-achievers often expect a lot from themselves, so they keep working long hours and put enormous pressure on themselves to excel. However, sometimes your condition is not chronic: “A standard burnout is extremely easy to spot. If you suddenly don't feel like doing something you don't normally have a problem doing, it could be only 2 things: you're lazy or depressed today or you're working too hard and need a break. Hint: take that break.”Miloš Đekić, CTO of ClickGUARD If this is the case, you can quickly stop it and try to concentrate on the purpose - what motivates you and what attracted you to start coding in the first place. Nevertheless, sometimes you just can’t see how close you are to get burnout. “A deep burnout comes like a thief in the night. It's like a lonely cancer cell, dormant until something kicks it and it starts its mayhem. It won't offer warning signs and it won't offer any understanding when it happens. You have to have introspective and always think about where you are now, what you are doing, why you are doing it, what you have to tolerate in order to keep doing it, do you really want all that… and when you can't answer one of those questions or the answer does not bring peace - the big one is close,” continuous Miloš. That burnout comes unexpectedly proves the story of co-founder of GrowIT Tech Aco Gagić: “I didn’t realise what is happening, my body started fighting against me. I started feeling strange and had no energy, it was a strangely unpleasant feeling. The culmination happened when I felt so bad, that I had to go to a hospital. I spent the whole day sleeping, on infusion. After that, I was OK, but it made me analyze what had happened. I was under a lot of stress, had  too many things to do, so I started losing myself.” A deep burnout comes like a thief in the night According to Psychology today, these are signs of burnout: Chronic fatigue - lack energy feeling physically and emotionally exhausted, drained, and depletedInsomniaForgetfulness/impaired concentration and attention. Physical symptoms - chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal pain, dizziness, fainting, and/or headachesIncreased illnessLoss of appetiteAnxietyDepression Anger - interpersonal tension and irritability which may turn into angry outbursts and serious arguments with others As you can see, these are the signs of physical and emotional exhaustion, and if you don’t have it, it’s great. You shouldn’t fear of it just because it might happen to you. But keep these warning signs in mind and remember that burnout is an insidious creature that creeps up on you as you're living your busy life. Luckily, there is a solution. But let’s see what can cause a burnout first. What can cause the burnout? 1. Death march projects Maybe you heard about this kind of projects, or maybe you’re working on the one right now. They are usually causing progressively worsening feelings of emotional and physical fatigue. Why? They have a fixed and immovable scope, timeline and resources available to get it done and everyone knows that it’s not achievable, but management doesn’t want to hear it. Furthermore, they get progressively worried and loses trust in its people. You keep working, but you struggle to understand the value of the project. You just can’t see the light, so you start questioning your accomplishments. If your boss doesn't give you an opportunity to slow down, IT recruitment companies can help you find a better job 2. Working long hours The cycle becomes work, work, work, sleep, no time for yourself. You keep working even on evenings and weekends. Your boss may be impressed by you, but they keep giving you more work to do. After a while, you just feel exhausted and begin to deliver a little less than what you used to deliver. You feel bad about it and you get lost in the code. 3. You’re not making any progress Your job is no longer stimulating for you. Maybe you’ve been in the company for years, and you feel like you’re not going forward. There are no challenges, you’re not learning, or your manager doesn’t give you an opportunity to learn new technologies. You’re stuck. Doing the same tasks, again and again, can make you question your career path. All of these things cause a high level of stress. You stop valuing your work and keep procrastinating. Many questions keep crossing your mind and you have no answers. Should I quit my job? Why am I doing it? How did I get in this phase of my career? Should I try something else? You know that you’ve loved your job once, but you just can’t remember why. Burnout grows slowly and builds up a little step at the time and you feel a lack of control. How to avoid burnout? It’s harder to fix burnout once you’ve been deep in it for weeks or months, but it’s not impossible. You will have to work on yourself and set some boundaries. According to Đekic, the recipe is this: “Detach from the cause of burnout, rest, relax, pray or meditate, spend time with family and friends. Literarily like for any other painful thing in life... It works.” However, sometimes it’s not that simple. “Unfortunately the real consequences of a serious burnout are felt with a delay, so we need to do everything in our power to avoid it. Both mental and physical health are seriously endangered today, especially in tech workplaces”, said Đekic. Aco Gagić said that it’s important to listen to your body. “Signs are everywhere, so I am trying to follow them. Before anything else, I’m working on myself in order to avoid stressful situations and burnout in general”, said Gagić. Let’s see some other tips that can help you avoid burnout. Determine your boundaries Maybe your boss can work for a whole day, but if you can’t, that’s OK. However, you have to define how many hours you can stay productive and let people know about your limits. If you need a break, you take it! Don’t compare yourself to others, because every person is different. Furthermore, don’t commit to doing something if you know that’s not possible. Ask for help when you have a deadline because if you keep working above you “too much” point, you’ll get burnout. Next, your boss and organization have to know what are your non-negotiable terms. If you define your boundaries, no one will expect from you to give more than you can. Sure, you want to be useful when there is a deadline coming, but if the company keeps expecting from you to work long hours, you will have to say something. If your limits are not compatible with the company’s expectations, maybe you should consider finding a new job. IT recruiting agencies can help you find a job that suits your expectations the best. Remember, having support from the company and team is very important. The environment where you can rely on your colleagues can help you avoid burnout and stay productive. Eat, sleep, and exercise - that’s what your brain needs If you want to be better in your job, you have yo think about your body and mind. What your brain needs is quality food, sleep, and exercise. It’s easy to fall in a circle eat-sleep-code, but that’s not what it’s good for you. You have to realize how essential both resting and exercising is for your brain. So, prioritize things in your life, and you will be more productive. When you give yourself time to do things that matter, the possibility that you get burnout is lower. Make time for doing things that you like doing Did you know that hobbies can impact your work performance? Those who engaged in a creative hobby performed between 15-30 percent better at work. Separating some activities that you enjoy doing from your work is a recipe for a happy, well-balanced life. So, enjoy some free time with your family, draw, write, read, travel, or do whatever makes you happy. You will be happier not only with your work, but with life in general. There is always time for things that you like doing, so put your hobbies at your must-do list. Find time for the things you like doing Stop comparing yourself to others Often we compare ourselves to others when we should be focusing on our progress. This insecurity doesn’t necessarily happen just at the beginning of a career. Sometimes we feel like we are stuck on one level and we don’t know what the next step is, so we start thinking about others and their progress. However, when we think about others, we lose focus on our progress. Some things aren’t comparable, so what you need is your own goal. Yes, big goals can’t be accomplished in a day, so you have to think small - what can make you a better programmer on a daily basis? Small things matters, so you have to make a long-term and short-term plan. Stop judging yourself and start making first steps that will help you boost your career. So, focus, understand, and then deliberately practice things you planned. Conclusion: If you burnout, you won’t be productive It’s important to stop for a moment if you notice any symptom from this list. These first symptoms are the wake-up call for you - your body and mind are telling you to slow down. No job is worth losing your health for, so ask for a day off and analyze your condition. If you feel like you can’t deal with it on your own, you can always ask a professional psychologist for help. Also, check out Ed Finkler’s Open Sourcing Mental Illness website. He is helping those who are facing mental illness in the tech community. Burnout doesn't go away after a few days like a flue unless you make some changes in your life. These small changes can help you avoid a dangerous path of burnout, the path where your life becomes miserable. If you care about the work you are doing, but also about your family and friends, you need to avoid getting to that point. So, whenever you feel like you’re close to get burnout, remember that this feeling won’t help you. What you need is a rest, a clear head, and well-balanced life. In the end, Đekic is sending a message to those who are struggling at work: Find a purpose. If you can't find it, create purpose. Change when necessary. Take care of yourself. Be awesome. Share with us your burnout story. We are here for you!
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How to Keep your Skills Up-to-Date as a Developer

There is no end of learning in the IT industry. Some would say that there is no industry that is so dynamic and inviting as software development. New libraries, frameworks, and even languages are constantly appearing, so you have to keep up with new trends in order to stay on the top in a competitive market. It’s easier to keep up and understand these changes for those who started programming many years ago, but sometimes this can lead to burnout. However, if you establish your own way of learning and choose some websites or forums that you check on a daily basis, you probably won’t feel these changes as a threat. For those who just started learning this might seems like an impossible task these days, but it’s not. These are some of the main reasons you should stay up to date with new technologies: You want to stay in the job market You want to be productive You are passionate about learning more and you're genuinely interested in technology Also, if you’re searching for a job, every IT recruitment company will check your social media platforms in order to see if you share news from the tech world, follow professionals from the industry, and see if you’re engaged in the IT community. The good thing about programming is that people share information with each other freely. This is the strong community that gathers people and advocates sharing knowledge online, on conferences, meetups, social media, and blogs. Most of new things are the same underneath The fact is that libraries and frameworks follow the same general principles regardless of the language. As you know, every library or framework out there has to follow the same rules as the language it’s built on. So, if you know the general principles and rules in languages, you can easily pick up new information. Instead of being frustrated, be curious Look at these changes this way - life of a software developers can never be boring. You can play with so many tools every day. If you love your job, you will be interested in looking into new stuff and expand your knowledge. Just stop being afraid of new information and your life will be more comfortable. You’re probably thinking that it’s easier said than done, right? However, when you finish reading this article, you will understand that there are many exciting ways of learning. Stay open to new ideas When somebody is telling you about new technologies, don’t just reject these new ideas. Be open to hear about them from the person who is already using new technologies, but also check them when you get home. You probably believe that your way of working is the only way, but you have to be open to new ideas if you want your career to move in the right direction. Trust your instinct about new technologies Should you invest your time in every new framework? Of course not! Some of the new things will not be relevant in the future, so it’s normal to hesitate a bit. Nevertheless, don’t let these questions stop you from making any progress at all. Invest a little bit of time exploring the general concept about new things and dig deeper if you see that it has potential. [caption id="attachment_511" align="alignnone" width="728"] You have to find your own way of learning[/caption] Ready to learn? Let’s start! Check news on podcasts Instead of listening to a radio on your way to work, why wouldn’t you check out news from developers world on a podcast? They are a great way to keep yourself up to speed. There are numerous professionals discussing trending topics, you just have to explore and find the favorite one. Here is a list of interesting podcasts: Software Engineering Daily Self-contained System Modern Web The Big Web Show .Net Rocks HTTP 203 IT Serbia Podcast RunAsRadio Meet like-minded people on local events Local meetups are a great way to connect with people in your city and discuss new technologies. Being engaged in a local IT community is healthy and beneficial on personal level as well. Connect with people who are as passionate about coding as you are will boost your productivity and knowledge. So, check out Meetups or organizations in your area and become an active member of IT community. Boost your knowledge on conferences There are so many benefits of going to conferences. You will connect with other professionals, get a new perspective on your job, learn new things, maybe go to a country that you never had the opportunity to visit, and motivate yourself do to more on your job. The important thing is to make a plan and check on speakers. Here are some conferences that are held in Europe: Smashing Conf Web Summit The Open Source Conference (OSCON) GrowIT Full Stack Conference FODSEM Code.talks PHP Conference [caption id="attachment_507" align="alignnone" width="960"] Connect with IT experts, beginners, enthusiasts, business owners and students[/caption] Find inspiration on CodePen CodePen is a social development environment for front-end designers and developers where you can try to figure out how to handle projects and what’s going on behind the scene. This is actually a community where you can discuss all sorts of things, build and deploy a website, show off your work, build test cases, and find inspiration. You can listen to a podcast or read a blog, whatever you prefer. Explore your field of work in-depth by reading books If you want to explore a technical topic in-depth, then books are an excellent choice. Some people say that books are actually more thorough than blogs and there are plenty of reasons for that. For example, articles are often SEO-driven, not knowledge-driven. Further, books cover the entire landscape of the subject and there is no distraction in form of pop-up notifications and ads while you’re reading them. However, not every book is great, just as not every blog post is bad. Ask colleagues for a recommendation or read some books that are “evergreen” such as “Clean Code”, “The Pragmatic Programmer”, “Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams”, Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture, The Algorithm Design Manual, “Software Craftsmanship”, “Domain-Driven Design” or “Test-Driven Development. Yes, the industry evolves incredibly fast, but these books will help you explore your field of work on a much deeper level. [caption id="attachment_508" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Articles are often SEO-driven, not knowledge-driven, so sometimes it's better to read books[/caption] Read blogs on a daily basis People usually check the news in the morning to see what’s going on in the world, but following news from tech can be your morning routine. There are so many blogs that will help you stay up-to-date, just pick few of them and follow them on social media platforms. For example, you can start with Hacker News, Slashdot, DZone, Smash Magazine or find a tech blogger whose style you like. Maybe you will find David Walsh, Jeff Atwood or Rob Allen interesting. Whether you want to solve some issue on work or you want to stay up-to-date, blogs can help you find what you need. What happens if you stop learning? If your company is moving on but you’re not, you might get replaced by other programmers. Yes, a lot of coders don’t feel the need to learn new stuff for their work and still live a happy life, but for how long? The fact is that every month, a new programming language is born and every week, languages get updated. So, if you really want to stay relevant as a programmer, you have to keep learning. Use the resources above in order to stay the best in your job. Which way of learning do you prefer the most? Looking for a job? We are IT recruitment agency that can help you find it!
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LinkedIn Guide: How to Make Recruiters Come to You

Did you know that there is more than 20 million open jobs and 590 million members on LinkedIn right now? It may look like it would be easy for you to find a job, but you won’t be noticed unless you start thinking strategically. What does “thinking strategically” mean? First of all, your profile has to be visible to recruiters. If your profile cannot be found on LinkedIn, you have a serious problem. Secondly, you have to find a way to keep IT recruiters on your profile and make them want to contact you. So, it’s not about how lucky you are, but how wisely do you use your LinkedIn profile. The great news for you is that you can rank more highly for the types of jobs you’re most interested in if you think strategically. How do IT recruitment companies hunt for professionals? Think about how you hunt for a job. You probably search for some keywords, job title, location, and industry. The same is with recruiters. You get a list of jobs, while they get a list of people who they can match with a job. Just as you don’t click on every job opening, recruiters pick only those candidates who are the most appealing and relevant to their search. So, what exactly do they do? They select the most important skill required for the job they are filling.They type in the job title they expect their perfect job candidates to haveIf the position is not remote, location is a significant factor for them. Recruiters usually prefer local candidates.They type the keywords into a search box They may use some other options such as industry or education. They get a list of possible matches and then the negotiation begins! So, if you want recruiters to contact you, your profile should be on the first or second page of their search. However, your profile should be optimized well in order to be visible on in search results. You have to stand out from other candidates, so you better start working on improving your profile. You have to find a way to keep IT recruiters on you LinkedIn profile Basics: Here is what you have to do in order to get “complete profile” status: Upload profile photoAdd industry and locationYour current position2 past positions you’ve heldYour education3 skillsIndustry & postal code50 or more connections Also, it will be better for you if you make your profile public and create your own link (and it will take you only 60 seconds to do so). However, basics are not enough if you want IT recruiters to contact you. Let’s dig deeper into LinkedIn algorithm and mind of recruiters. How can you improve your LinkedIn profile? 1. Choose headline and job titles smartly Your headline and current or recent job title is the first thing recruiters look for, but they’re important for LinkedIn’s search algorithm as well. It’s the major piece of information seen in search results alongside the name and profile photo. Make sure you have specific job title and headline because "Multi-skilled Professional" won’t tell anything to them. Use the full potential of these 100 characters that you can use for the job title. Be specific, but describe what you do. Incorporate common terminology used in your industry, use some buzzwords that can help recruiters find you. However, LinkedIn’s search engine is not smart enough to understand synonyms. So, if your job title is uncommon, you may consider a hybrid title, or you can break it down into its parts. For example, you can write Senior Software Engineer I Java Developer. 2. Think about where would you like to work Yes, your skills are important, but recruiters will first contact candidates who are more likely to accept their offer. They usually target local candidates at the beginning and set their advanced search to only bring up candidates living within a 25-mile radius of the company. So, if you’re willing to move because of the work, you should consider changing your zip code. Think about where would you like to work or which city offers the best jobs from your field. Further, you should specify which cities you’re willing to relocate. Just go to “Career interests” settings and update your location preferences and other settings. However, if you don’t add your location on the LinkedIn profile, you might not show on IT recruitment agencies localized searches. Think about where would you like to work or which city offers the best jobs from your field 3. Pick the right keywords Although keywords listed in your “Skills & Endorsements” section are searchable, they are not as important as those in your headline, job titles or job description. Recruiters usually have a list of buzzwords for a specific job, so if they want to find a front end developer, they will search for people who know CSS, HTML, JavaScript, etc. Remember, keywords have the most significant impact on LinkedIn search ranking, so you better put the right keywords in different sections of your profile. 4. Be creative in the summary section Are you aware of the fact that you have to brand yourself as a professional who is confident, passionate about the job and who is reliable? In the summary section, you have an opportunity to be creative and stand out from others. Put a bit of your personality and voice and show recruiters that there is a person standing behind the profile. Write about who you are, what do you want from a job and what your experience is. Once recruiters come to your profile, it’s important to keep them, so you better be creative. Also, write those keywords we talked about earlier in summary as well.   5. Show off your skills in the experience section Have you already added relevant job experience on your LinkedIn profile? Recruiters are looking for people with certain types of experiences. As mentioned, they will do a keyword search but that only searches the work experience part of your profile. Your LinkedIn profile is your resume, so describe the positions just as you would do in it. If you’re a beginner, add a volunteering experience or some projects that you did on your own. Build an Online Presence and Make Connections as a Junior Developer: How to Start? 6. Choose professional photo When headhunters search for a potential employee, the first few things they’ll see are the headline, your name, and your profile photo. There is a more possibility that they will visit your profile if you have a profile picture, so you better upload it. But don’t put just any photo on your profile. You want to look professional, so make sure that your picture is clean, simple, and that you wear appropriate clothes. Also, your photo should be up-to-date because it might make you seem deceptive if you meet someone in person. Nevertheless, you don’t need to get a professional headshot, but you do need a photo that shows your face clearly. Here is an extra tip - choose a brightly colored background that isn’t distracting. 7. Connect with professionals It’s not only about the number of connections you have, but who you’re connected with. The more common connections you have with a recruiter, the higher your profile will be in the results when they search the specific keyword. Degrees of connections are also important because recruiters are more likely to connect with you if you have some connections in common. Start with people you know, but don’t stop there. It’s important to connect with professionals from your field of work, not only locally, but internationally. 8. Check spelling and grammar In the end, check spelling and grammar mistakes because this can be a huge red flag for recruiters. There are a number of free grammar apps, so you don’t have an excuse. Also, if you misspell a keyword, recruiters won’t be able to find you. There is even a better reason for you to check grammar. According to research, professionals whose profiles contained fewer mistakes achieved higher positions. So, ask a friend to check your profile or use some app that can help you find mistakes. Conclusion: Be an active member of the community Don’t just create a profile, never log on ever again, and expect that jobs will magically come to you. The thing is that you should be an active participant on LinkedIn if you want to be noticed by recruiters. So, comment posts, join groups, write articles or share things that are trending in the industry. Always keep your profile up-to-date and write keywords in every section of your profile (but not to much of them). You have to think about both the LinkedIn search algorithms and the recruiters themselves, so think strategically, and recruiters will keep coming to you. We are always looking for high-level IT professionals. Let us help you find a job!
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Developers Burnout: Why you Have to Take it Seriously?

How do you feel about your job? Do you feel dreaded or happy about new challenges? Yea, it’s normal if you sometimes feel unmotivated, but if this condition continues, you better watch out! You may be close to burnout! Every programmer got close to get burnout at least once in their career. If you think that can’t happen to you, you’re wrong. It happened to the best programmers, so it’s essential to prepare and stop it on time. Some strange feeling goes through your veins, you’re procrastinating your tasks, find excuses not to work, struggling to perform tasks, or simply working so hard, feeling so stressed all the time, and don’t have time for yourself. A burnout story: What are the signs? High-achievers often expect a lot from themselves, so they keep working long hours and put enormous pressure on themselves to excel. However, sometimes your condition is not chronic: “A standard burnout is extremely easy to spot. If you suddenly don't feel like doing something you don't normally have a problem doing, it could be only 2 things: you're lazy or depressed today or you're working too hard and need a break. Hint: take that break.”Miloš Đekić, CTO of ClickGUARD If this is the case, you can quickly stop it and try to concentrate on the purpose - what motivates you and what attracted you to start coding in the first place. Nevertheless, sometimes you just can’t see how close you are to get burnout. “A deep burnout comes like a thief in the night. It's like a lonely cancer cell, dormant until something kicks it and it starts its mayhem. It won't offer warning signs and it won't offer any understanding when it happens. You have to have introspective and always think about where you are now, what you are doing, why you are doing it, what you have to tolerate in order to keep doing it, do you really want all that… and when you can't answer one of those questions or the answer does not bring peace - the big one is close,” continuous Miloš. That burnout comes unexpectedly proves the story of co-founder of GrowIT Tech Aco Gagić: “I didn’t realise what is happening, my body started fighting against me. I started feeling strange and had no energy, it was a strangely unpleasant feeling. The culmination happened when I felt so bad, that I had to go to a hospital. I spent the whole day sleeping, on infusion. After that, I was OK, but it made me analyze what had happened. I was under a lot of stress, had  too many things to do, so I started losing myself.” A deep burnout comes like a thief in the night According to Psychology today, these are signs of burnout: Chronic fatigue - lack energy feeling physically and emotionally exhausted, drained, and depletedInsomniaForgetfulness/impaired concentration and attention. Physical symptoms - chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal pain, dizziness, fainting, and/or headachesIncreased illnessLoss of appetiteAnxietyDepression Anger - interpersonal tension and irritability which may turn into angry outbursts and serious arguments with others As you can see, these are the signs of physical and emotional exhaustion, and if you don’t have it, it’s great. You shouldn’t fear of it just because it might happen to you. But keep these warning signs in mind and remember that burnout is an insidious creature that creeps up on you as you're living your busy life. Luckily, there is a solution. But let’s see what can cause a burnout first. What can cause the burnout? 1. Death march projects Maybe you heard about this kind of projects, or maybe you’re working on the one right now. They are usually causing progressively worsening feelings of emotional and physical fatigue. Why? They have a fixed and immovable scope, timeline and resources available to get it done and everyone knows that it’s not achievable, but management doesn’t want to hear it. Furthermore, they get progressively worried and loses trust in its people. You keep working, but you struggle to understand the value of the project. You just can’t see the light, so you start questioning your accomplishments. If your boss doesn't give you an opportunity to slow down, IT recruitment companies can help you find a better job 2. Working long hours The cycle becomes work, work, work, sleep, no time for yourself. You keep working even on evenings and weekends. Your boss may be impressed by you, but they keep giving you more work to do. After a while, you just feel exhausted and begin to deliver a little less than what you used to deliver. You feel bad about it and you get lost in the code. 3. You’re not making any progress Your job is no longer stimulating for you. Maybe you’ve been in the company for years, and you feel like you’re not going forward. There are no challenges, you’re not learning, or your manager doesn’t give you an opportunity to learn new technologies. You’re stuck. Doing the same tasks, again and again, can make you question your career path. All of these things cause a high level of stress. You stop valuing your work and keep procrastinating. Many questions keep crossing your mind and you have no answers. Should I quit my job? Why am I doing it? How did I get in this phase of my career? Should I try something else? You know that you’ve loved your job once, but you just can’t remember why. Burnout grows slowly and builds up a little step at the time and you feel a lack of control. How to avoid burnout? It’s harder to fix burnout once you’ve been deep in it for weeks or months, but it’s not impossible. You will have to work on yourself and set some boundaries. According to Đekic, the recipe is this: “Detach from the cause of burnout, rest, relax, pray or meditate, spend time with family and friends. Literarily like for any other painful thing in life... It works.” However, sometimes it’s not that simple. “Unfortunately the real consequences of a serious burnout are felt with a delay, so we need to do everything in our power to avoid it. Both mental and physical health are seriously endangered today, especially in tech workplaces”, said Đekic. Aco Gagić said that it’s important to listen to your body. “Signs are everywhere, so I am trying to follow them. Before anything else, I’m working on myself in order to avoid stressful situations and burnout in general”, said Gagić. Let’s see some other tips that can help you avoid burnout. Determine your boundaries Maybe your boss can work for a whole day, but if you can’t, that’s OK. However, you have to define how many hours you can stay productive and let people know about your limits. If you need a break, you take it! Don’t compare yourself to others, because every person is different. Furthermore, don’t commit to doing something if you know that’s not possible. Ask for help when you have a deadline because if you keep working above you “too much” point, you’ll get burnout. Next, your boss and organization have to know what are your non-negotiable terms. If you define your boundaries, no one will expect from you to give more than you can. Sure, you want to be useful when there is a deadline coming, but if the company keeps expecting from you to work long hours, you will have to say something. If your limits are not compatible with the company’s expectations, maybe you should consider finding a new job. IT recruiting agencies can help you find a job that suits your expectations the best. Remember, having support from the company and team is very important. The environment where you can rely on your colleagues can help you avoid burnout and stay productive. Eat, sleep, and exercise - that’s what your brain needs If you want to be better in your job, you have yo think about your body and mind. What your brain needs is quality food, sleep, and exercise. It’s easy to fall in a circle eat-sleep-code, but that’s not what it’s good for you. You have to realize how essential both resting and exercising is for your brain. So, prioritize things in your life, and you will be more productive. When you give yourself time to do things that matter, the possibility that you get burnout is lower. Make time for doing things that you like doing Did you know that hobbies can impact your work performance? Those who engaged in a creative hobby performed between 15-30 percent better at work. Separating some activities that you enjoy doing from your work is a recipe for a happy, well-balanced life. So, enjoy some free time with your family, draw, write, read, travel, or do whatever makes you happy. You will be happier not only with your work, but with life in general. There is always time for things that you like doing, so put your hobbies at your must-do list. Find time for the things you like doing Stop comparing yourself to others Often we compare ourselves to others when we should be focusing on our progress. This insecurity doesn’t necessarily happen just at the beginning of a career. Sometimes we feel like we are stuck on one level and we don’t know what the next step is, so we start thinking about others and their progress. However, when we think about others, we lose focus on our progress. Some things aren’t comparable, so what you need is your own goal. Yes, big goals can’t be accomplished in a day, so you have to think small - what can make you a better programmer on a daily basis? Small things matters, so you have to make a long-term and short-term plan. Stop judging yourself and start making first steps that will help you boost your career. So, focus, understand, and then deliberately practice things you planned. Conclusion: If you burnout, you won’t be productive It’s important to stop for a moment if you notice any symptom from this list. These first symptoms are the wake-up call for you - your body and mind are telling you to slow down. No job is worth losing your health for, so ask for a day off and analyze your condition. If you feel like you can’t deal with it on your own, you can always ask a professional psychologist for help. Also, check out Ed Finkler’s Open Sourcing Mental Illness website. He is helping those who are facing mental illness in the tech community. Burnout doesn't go away after a few days like a flue unless you make some changes in your life. These small changes can help you avoid a dangerous path of burnout, the path where your life becomes miserable. If you care about the work you are doing, but also about your family and friends, you need to avoid getting to that point. So, whenever you feel like you’re close to get burnout, remember that this feeling won’t help you. What you need is a rest, a clear head, and well-balanced life. In the end, Đekic is sending a message to those who are struggling at work: Find a purpose. If you can't find it, create purpose. Change when necessary. Take care of yourself. Be awesome. Share with us your burnout story. We are here for you!
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