I’ve been feeling burnt out at my job in the sense of having barely any passion or motivation left for the work. After taking some time off on multiple occasions, I find that I fall back into the same place a couple of weeks into working again. Has anyone experienced this consistent state of feeling burnt out and were you able to overcome it? If so, how did you do it?
There are many sources leading to burnout, so to properly diagnose it for your situation, we'd have to get more into specifics.
That being said, here are a few sources I've come across and solutions to overcome them.
Burn out is very common in our industry, so you are not alone!
Like Casey said, we won't be able to offer specific advice without understanding your problem in detail, but there is a general tip I can offer as food-for-thought for you.
Fundamentally, burn out at work happens when your time working frequently leads to your mental, physical, and/or emotional energy being completed depleted.
There are many tactics to (1) reduce energy leakage (2) increase energy generation.
For (1), the fundamental rule is establish your boundaries. Finding your manager pinging you off hours? Finding yourself getting distracted with Youtube or other social media that's not helping to make you feel better? Establish firm rules around what or what you will not do. There's quite a few books on this topic, but I've this one to be quite insightful.
For (2), I would say there are two approaches to this. One way is to establish habits that give you more energy - for example, taking care of your physical energy will set an increased baseline for your other pursuits. The other is to find your intrinsic drive - do you know what you find meaningful to do, and are you doing those things? If not - do you know how you might figure it out or find a way to do those things in your life? Doing what you find most meaningful will give you a lot of energy and keep you going even when the work is hard.