Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Burned Out

I'm so burned out. I'm overwhelmed and have so much to do that I can do nothing. I'm not exactly depressed, but I have too much on my plate. I don't know where to start, so I remain motionless in many areas.

I've experienced this sort of thing before, and I always feel better when I begin to tackle things, but the problem is: What do I tackle? I start to tackle one thing, which reminds me of something else to do which is equally (or more) important, so I then drop it to pick up the secondary project. Then in the middle of the secondary project, my mind continues on it's route through the first and third ones.

I'm sure many of you have dealt with such a problem before. What I really need is someone else to keep me on point, but there is no one that can come over and help me with these projects.

Lists don't help much. I will cross things off the list and feel relatively empowered, until I realize the magnitude of the things remaining on the list.

Top of the list is, of course, my job hunt which is going nowhere fast. I'm not panicking yet, because I have another month before I'm willing to work at MacDonald's.

But I'm fighting the rising sense of panic as I try to stay focused on answering the only job offers that are coming in right now with a resounding NO; as the only offers are for jobs that pay little to nothing and are being offered by companies who are preying upon those of us who are feeling the tight pinch of the economy.

My current business remains stagnant. We're talking cesspool-swimming-with-mosquito-larvae stagnant. In addition, a very beloved family member is returning to the hospital for surgery on Thursday.

Meanwhile, I am extremely fortunate in that I've found a renter for my property. However, "there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip," as my grandmother used to say. Hopefully all will work out the way it's supposed to.

And, as my grandmother also used to say, "This too shall pass."

Let's just hope it doesn't pass like a kidney stone.


Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

The illness will take care of itself so to speak, focus on the job hunt me thinks, hold out some more and keep sending those apps and making some noise!

Ed Abbey said...

As an unemployed engineer right after 9/11, I've been there at the having no money and no job with no offers. I finally settled for a job that I knew wasn't the best and paid less money than what I was worth. But it got the bills paid for the next couple years until I got a job I liked and paid more. The silver lining was that I got my new job based off my experience at the crappy job for the previous two years. Things always seem to work out in the end.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Ed, very true, and thanks for the reminder!

Daniel, You're right. Thank you! I think that truly is the biggest problem I'm dealing with, so if that is taken care of, the rest won't be as tough.

The Lazy Iguana said...

I just interviewed for a job. I jave a 1 to 7 chance, assuming that they did not already have someone in mind before the process even began.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Lazy, well that's the OTHER problem: How many of these jobs are real jobs and how many have been posted simply because it's obligatory (even though they already have an internal candidate)?

mckay said...

hope you find the job of your dreams soon!!

i understand the stuck feeling. i also have a huge to do list that will take forever to tackle.


Murf said...

So you would rather work at McDonalds than work for a company who is 'preying upon those of us who are feeling the tight pinch of the economy'? Interesting although you shouldn't count on Mickey D's. I hear
that they (and other fast food places) regularly get up to 80 applications a month even for the ones that do not have any job openings.

M@ said...

Good luck w/ the renter!

Saur♥Kraut said...

m@, Thanks!

Murf, No, I'm not seriously considering MacDonald's.

The Doozie said...

That totally happens to me when there is too much going on. I just shut down completely. I too wish I had someone to motivate me but that would mean the person would probably also boss me around

Saur♥Kraut said...

Doozie, exactly!!! It's a no-win situation.