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BURNOUT
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Cowboy Joe    Posted 10-18-2002 at 19:03:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
On Oct. 25 I'm resigning from my current job as psychotherapist. I need some down time from other people's problems. I need to nurture myself for a change. Anyone else feel like downloading from their jobs?


big fred    Posted 10-19-2002 at 18:17:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, I'm an engineer at Boeing, and after 22 years I would like a change. I looked around for other career options and the only one that looked right was operating a septic pumping service. I mean, there's about the same amount of (expletive) to deal with, but I could be my own boss, people would be glad to see me come, since they don't wanna do the job myself, not too many people looking over your shoulder, and at the end of the day, the filth washes off...

Good luck in whatever you end up with. You've put up with enough that you undoubtedly deserve a break.


Cowboy Joe    Posted 10-19-2002 at 19:50:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks. There's always some second guessing when it comes down to making a decision to leave a job with a "steady" paycheck. I hope I made the right decision. I'm sad to be leaving my clients, but not sad to leave the mis-management of the agency.


Fawteen - Good Luck    Posted 10-19-2002 at 05:03:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I keep "retiring" and I still got no time.

1990 - Retired from 22 years of active duty in the Navy.

1990-1992 - Dubbed around doing "Mr. Fixit" odd jobs, light contsruction and a little landscaping

1992-1994 - Went to work as an electronics installer for the gubbermint. Got laid off.

1995-1996 - Went to work as IT Manager/Network Administrator for a newspaper. Stress and the A-holes I worked for burned me out in a year.

1996-2000 - Went to work doing much the same job for the local school system. Stress from dealing with total lack of discipline amongst the heathens they call school kids these days burned me out, hired a replacement and cut back to administrative duties only, about 10 hours a week.

2000-2001 - Happy as a clam. No kids to deal with, lots of time off, enough money to pay the bills and buy the odd toy.

2002 - That Moron, Governor King, bought laptops for every 7th grader in the State. Increased our workload by 50%. Inadequate planning for support. Inadequate training for both students and teachers. Load falls on the Tech Support people. I'm back to 4 days a week, working with the heathens again, and starting to burn out again.

Can't quite afford to quit, can't cut back to admin duties only, my other tech would quit in a second if I did that. School won't hire a 3rd person. SERIOUSLY considering just walking away and letting them see how they manage with NO support.

Anybody got a job I can work 20 hours a week, make about $500 a month, and not have to deal with people?


bob ny    Posted 10-19-2002 at 03:54:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
joe you are welcome to come up for a visit at our little heaven as long as you don't try to analize our way of life e-mail me
bob amertrac@earthlink.net


Cowboy Joe    Posted 10-19-2002 at 07:37:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Bob. The real reason I had to resign as quickly as I did, was because of a new contract which basically said that the agency didn't have to pay therapists if Medicaid, Medicaire, etc. couldn't be billed for services. Also, my agency owes therapists back wages from as far back as Aug. of last year because of failure to bill for services in a timely fashion. That is why I'm quitting - not because of the work itself. Lots of bull crap. My attorney is on the case. Too bad for the clients who appreciated and needed my services. They will be missed.


DeadCarp    Posted 10-19-2002 at 02:34:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think burnout has to do with attention span Joe - for me it seems to be about 5 years. I was a burned out inspector in 1990, so we moved 2000 miles back home and got a little place between a lake and river, where there was all the fishin and yardwork and hobby time in the world. Built a bug, a dome, part of a hovercraft, experimented with wind power etc. But i wasn't old enough for pasture yet and felt like i wasn't contributing anything.

We did manage the first rule of retirement (how to get along in the house without driving each other nuts) it took me 4 years to learn that a fella can't fish forever and inflation is bigger than it looks -- at least i can always say i gave it a shot. :)

We only get 3-4000 weekends in a lifetime so wherever you find yourself on a given day in time, save room to accomodate your dreams :)
and like Garrison Keillor says, "do good works".



WallSal55 - I agree with you Dead Carp --    Posted 10-19-2002 at 09:29:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Part of it has to do with lack of focus. (That
can go on a long time!) I am still trying to figure out how to buy a can of paint, brushes,
tote it in the door--then actually get the ceiling
painted! (the follow through)
The last can of paint I brought in--well, thank
God, my daughter painted the bathroom for me because I never got AROUNDTUIT. (But
she's moved out now. Hopefully, things will slow
down even more so I can follow through on projects.)
I have a special wooden coin--in the middle are etched the words: ROUND TUIT


LH    Posted 10-18-2002 at 19:40:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yessir, I dropped out of the system and society in general in July of 2000. I'm always broke now but it's the best thing I ever did. If I want company I come here, and if I want advice I talk to my horses, who know more about life than most people.


WallSal55    Posted 10-18-2002 at 19:54:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
We are in our 13th yr. here on our farmette.
Sought out the solitude and have been quite content that way for 13 years.
However, this August I woke up one day realizing it had become too isolating once again. (Grew up in the boonies, 22 yrs., was pretty lonely as a kid).
So once again, in search of that perfect balance. I hope I find it again.


LH    Posted 10-18-2002 at 20:24:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hope you find the balance you're looking for. My wife still works, and we have contact with neighbors, family, and friends. Sometimes I get bored but I can usually find something to do to stay busy, especially with the kids.


WallSal55 - Have Done So....    Posted 10-18-2002 at 19:28:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Still Doing so. Burned out of raising the four
kids, etc. through all the activities, sports.
My son is a senior, so I am enjoying the year as it all winds to an end with the schools. I do
feel like I gave my all, and it's my time now.

Believe me, what you are doing is the right thing.
Do not let anyone tell you different. You won't
regret it.


Les...Sometimes    Posted 10-18-2002 at 19:21:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
But I get over it.


kraig WY    Posted 10-18-2002 at 23:09:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les, you always seem to hit the nail right on the head.


WallSal55    Posted 10-18-2002 at 19:32:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your lucky if your recovery time is short!
Been weanin' the kids off, and saying no as much
as I can for the last seven years. Went from
feelin' 72 to nineteen again. Just gotta stay
outta trouble now.


Les    Posted 10-18-2002 at 19:42:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, our kids are 33 and 31 but we spend a lot of time with the 4 grandkids, age 5 through 10. That's not usually a problem but just today I told the Mrs. that it was time to move to a less populated area. There's just getting to be too many people around here. The road that I work on has had 2 new sets of traffic lights go up within the last month (new Wal-Mart opening 10/30) and the traffic is outrageous. Lucky for me when I leave work I turn right out of the driveway and not left or I'd still be sitting there. ":^( It's getting just like Massachusetts around here and that's not good.


ger    Posted 10-18-2002 at 19:07:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup me but then all id be doin is the honedy do lists full time


Grove r    Posted 10-19-2002 at 05:18:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, get that way by times....but with me and my lack of talent, my jobs vary quite a bit....basicaly doing much of the same....but yet bouncing around alot. My present efforts are winding down....maybe another two weeks to a month, then back to field operations in a maintenance role....after that, who knows.....my boss is not only that, but a good friend and nieghbor. If I want to "retire" will have to do something realy radical, like quit or something...moving isn't an option....'bout the only other option is the BIG one, and I'm not ready for that...yet! have a gooder, R.E.L.


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