17: Let’s Talk About Burnout
In this episode, I’m sharing my thoughts on feeling burnout. It’s real and we have to acknowledge it. My area has been hit with a few hurricanes recently and in the past year, plus a global pandemic and so many other factors that can consume our mental energy. Burnout is dangerous.
I’m sharing my thoughts so that hopefully you’ll be able to be aware of potential burnout if/when you experience it. The impact it can have on your business can be devastating. It’s really important to be able to identify burnout in yourself. Just remember you are not alone, stay healthy and stay safe.
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What’s going on everybody? Welcome to episode number 17 of the Side Hustle of Full Time Web Designer podcast. I’m gonna spit ball this episode, literally freestyle in this whole thing. If you follow the news, like I live in South Louisiana, many of you know that. If you’re here for the first time, just a handful of days ago, our state and the Gulf Coast got pretty pretty wrecked by Hurricane item. And this isn’t an episode of me, you know, complaining or any of that stuff. Because truthfully, we choose where we live, right. And we’ve made our choices to to be here. And ultimately, I’m extremely, extremely fortunate. Just a handful of days after the hurricane has passed. And I’m in my house, in my studio, recording this with power with air conditioner, and the whole deal. And there are many people in my state who are not quite so fortunate. And that’s where a lot of this stuff came from, right.
There’s so many things that have happened in the world in my life and your life in all of our lives over the last, you know, really two years, just a year and a half. And, you know, there’s so many things that occupy our mental space. I’m a guy who’s putting it out there, right. I’m a full time director for a restaurant company that in a job that I really enjoy. But it’s also a time I mean, it’s a job that occupies a whole ton of my my time, my mental capacity. It just occupies a lot of my life. And that is 100% by choice. But it does make the side hustle thing a little bit tough. So it made me think, right now I’m not super feeling super motivated.
And honestly, I’m not feeling super motivated to sit here and, and burnout, a burnout Well, I got burnout on the mind. And I’m not thinking about putting out content, right? I’m not thinking about creating new episodes of the podcast. But that’s the beauty of what we’re doing right here. It’s the beauty of this podcast in general is that it’s a journey. It’s the side hustle to full time web developer podcast. And that in itself, talks about a journey. And our journey is not always highs. It’s not always great successes. And right now I’m feeling pretty shitty, honestly. I’m feeling shitty and burnt out mentally.
Mainly, because there’s a there’s a lot of people that I know who are hurting a lot of people who are displaced. People who have no power, and people who have no, no, no energy and no food. We’ve got crazy, ridiculous long lines at the gas station if you can find gas. And that’s led me into a place of burnout that paired with everything that’s happened in the world. I’m just, I’m just kind of tired, I’m mentally foggy. And I’m trying to find what I need to do to re energize, refocus, and come back to the web design space. Really strong, I’ve got a lot of projects that or, or a lot of things that I want to get done. And thankfully, the project load isn’t too crazy right now. It’s very, very manageable. And that makes things a little bit easier.
But there’s a lot of things that I want to get done. And I’m trying to give myself a little bit of patience, you know, a little bit of not, I’m just trying to be kind to myself. And, you know, it’s it’s difficult. It is it is difficult, I can’t lie. Sometimes these moments are tough. And I’m sure that you’re out there probably going through something extremely similar. You know, at least in the mental space, we don’t always want to wake up and do the thing that we set out to do. Because the truth is, sometimes the journey is really tough. The journeys can be extremely difficult. And they’re really long. So you have to continue to find that way to drive forward each and every day. And I’m 100% dedicated to that.
So if you follow me on Twitter, if you’ve been out there and you’re connected with me, you saw you may have saw me tweet something the other day looking for anybody in the web development space. I’m looking for people who are on the same or similar journey as me, and I want to showcase your story. And what I mean by that is I would like for you to reach out to me And I just want you to come on the podcast. So all of these episodes of the podcast I’ve done in whatever form it’s been over the last three, three and a half years that have been podcasting, they’ve all been solo episodes, it’s been me and a microphone are the crappy lav mic with the terrible audio that it was a few years ago. It’s always just been me.
And I need the connection. I want to connect with those of you in the space, who are at any stage of your journey, I don’t care if it’s, I literally woke up this morning, looked up WordPress, bought my first hosting and have no clue where I’m going, I want to hear your story. I want to know what brought you to that point, and I want to talk about it and share it. And then there’s also the other end of the spectrum of people who, you know, are on the far end where they’re running agencies. I want to share that story with them too. And that’s going to help, I think that’s going to help my burnout. I think that hearing your stories, your struggles, your successes, being able to talk through those have great conversations and put those out into the world is going to be really, really cool.
So I haven’t decided the way I’m going to do it. But I know that it’s what I want to do. So if you’re listening to this right now, and you’re saying, Man, I got a story to tell, I want to share with the world. This could be the opportunity, go over to Twitter, go over to Instagram, follow me. I’m at KeeganLanier pretty much everywhere, send me a message and say, Hey, I heard you heard your message, and your podcast, or I saw your tweet or whatever it was. And I’m interested in sharing my story. And we can link up we can set up the times, we can jump on a zoom call or a Google meeting, or Google Hangout, whatever they’re calling them these days. And we can just talk, I think it’ll be really cool. I think it’ll be really beneficial. And what I’m thinking about doing, and I’d love your feedback on this.
So once this episodes live, you can always as as always find this, this episode at Keeganlanier.com/E and the episode of the podcast. So this won’t be an E17. I’d love for you to leave comments below. And tell me your thoughts on this. So I’m torn between two things. I think I want to make these conversations with upstart or far down the road entrepreneurs as part of a subscription. So the podcast, I want to create a premium, like here’s the real stories learn told by about the people who’ve lived them, including myself, like, I want to keep mine in everything that I do. And the everything you’re used to seeing in the podcast 100% free for you. But the truth of the matter is, there’s time. There’s money in equipment. And there’s a lot of things that go into creating a podcast.
And that is time not spent doing client work, not going search out new clients. And I love the podcast more than anything. I’ve enjoyed doing it. And I think I’m going to enjoy the next phase of those interviews with people equally as much, but this will never stop. This is going to keep on going. And I just really want to know, do you think that would you pay? And if you would pay, what would you pay to hear those stories, because I think 99 cents a month, $2 a month, $3 a month. That’s one coffee at Starbucks personally, to hear great captivating stories from people finding out what their struggles are and how they overcame them. Or if they’re in the middle of them, just maybe you can connect with them and find or give them some guidance. I think that would be really cool to create a super strong community.
So leave your comments and thoughts on that over again at Keeganlanier.com/E17. And I’m gonna kind of let that die. I’m thinking through this whole thing. Like I said, I was just gonna, I was just gonna riff I was just gonna shoot from the hip, I guess and talk about my burnout. And it quickly turned into how I can hopefully pay it forward. And I think that that’s going to help with some of the burnout that I experienced in my mind just hearing those stories from other people.
So yeah, we’re gonna, we’re gonna call this one quits. My mind is mush To be quite honest with you. This hurricane and the past week and a half have been a little bit outside the norm. And we’ll get back to the normal schedule, actually writing my content schedule for the next month and a half over the next few days. So we’ll be back we’ll be strong we’ll continue this. So this whole journey and you won’t miss a beat. What I would ask you’re still listening to this is that if you know somebody who can, who would get some entertainment, some some knowledge some motivation out of this podcast, the greatest thing that you could possibly do is share this podcast with them. Any episode that you find beneficial, just share it. And that’ll continue to grow this community, this network. And it would mean the absolute world to me. Again, it’s it’s the greatest compliment you could possibly give as far as the time and effort put into making the podcast.
So without any further ado, I’m just going to, I’m going to shut my mouth. I’m going to go about my day. And I just wanted to say, again, probably said it nearly in every episode. But I want you to know, if you’re hearing this, you’re still listening to me 10 minutes into this episode and two and a half minutes into this episode. Without a doubt, I appreciate you more than you’ll ever know. It means the world to me that I have even one person who shows up and listens to the podcast. It’s never been about the numbers. It’s never been about the metrics. It’s always just been about sharing my story, sharing the journey, and hopefully bringing you along for the ride. So thanks so much for being here. I do truly appreciate you. And I hope you have an amazing week. Stay safe. Take care of those around you be kind, and we’ll catch you in the next episode of the Side Hustle to Full Time Web Designer podcast.