Arvat Vladimir
Keep working hard, but not get tired.

How to avoid burnout as a developer

Recently, I felt on my own skin what this is. After 5 years of many successful projects all this ended with the change of my working place. Probably this was the best choice because I feel better now.

Some mistakes that I recommend avoiding. I was the only guy in the company who works as a developer, thats why there were many tasks to do. My salary was too small to support my family (without a child, me and my wife, we could not afford a vacation in a year). Even if I work from home, it does not really help me to maintain a balance between personal life and work.

I probably wouldn't recommend a job where only one person takes care of the IT side. Things are quite complicated nowadays in terms of hardware and software, and in a company with up to 10 employees, a single technician could hardly cope with all the tasks, especially if the company deals with online sales.

Now I'm working in a team of developers. Even if it meant for me moving from PHP to JAVA, the tasks are relative simpler than the previous. After the working hours I am free to take care of other things. And the salary is higher than the previous.

So if you have troubles in your life, do not be afraid to make changes, and change that job once every few years.

Useful sources: How to Deal With Burnout