Is this burn out?

I have been working non stop for weeks. Today I woke up not wanting to work. I have so much piled up but I can't get myself to start on that model. Just sitting there for hours not doing anything. Is this burn out?

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  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
Nov 23, 2021 - 3:28pm

Motivation comes and goes - for you, today it's gone (and that's fine).

Discipline can be unwavering, and it is what allows us to push through on those days where motivation is absent.

Prove to yourself that you have the discipline. Just get started with this in mind and you'll see you can do it.

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Nov 23, 2021 - 3:32pm

Sounds like burn out to the max. When I was in your shoes, I felt the burnout about 9 months in. Spent the last 3 months of my first year MF A1 job just pretending like the work I was doing took 2-6x longer than it really did (e.g. a 20 min analysis would take me upwards of 2 hours to "wrap up"). That helped keep my "top bucket" rating since I was still ultra-responsive/producing high quality work and secured me a maxed out bonus, and I immediately took a 40% paycut to go work at a no-name lifestyle boutique where I spent the first 4 months really just adjusting back to "normality". 

It sounds like to me you're going to exit soon whether you know it now or not. My advice to you would just be to manage upwards for however long you need until you feel some semblance of control again, and to look at your exit options carefully. It's easy to get blinded by how shitty your current situation is and not carefully choose your next steps as a result ("anything could be better than this"). That personally happened to me--but luckily it worked out as the firm I joined exploded in growth shortly after. But had it not, it would've been something close to a career-ender in high-finance--jumping from an MF to a no-name that stays a no-name. 

Either way, good luck and the best advice I can give you is to work your angles as much as possible in terms of taking control of your time back, whether that's producing a little bit slower or saying "no" more often, and spending the rest of your energy on your next steps since this clearly isn't a sustainable situation to be in. 

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Nov 23, 2021 - 4:07pm

Thank you, that's helpful. I lateraled recently and can't keep up as it is. Maybe I get to a point where I am efficient enough to be able to give myself some room to breathe. Right now I am fighting to get sleep.

I like the work but definitely may not do it long term. I feel like on full speed all day everyday and today I feel like I have had enough. Usually it happens for 30 mins - 1 hour every other day or week where I have a small breakdown, time myself then go back to work but sometimes it is hard even if you are disciplined.

Appreciate your insights.

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