Are You Burned Out? Take Our Free Burnout Test!

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Updated on September 3, 2021
Are You Burned Out? Take Our Free Burnout Test!

The burn out test

I hear about two big issues again and again today.

  1. The first is about how to source and hire (and retain) good people.  We’re in a really tight hiring market.
  2. The second is figuring out how to deal with people who are getting burnt out.  Or how to handle burn out yourself

And the burnout ranges in seriousness from feeling generally overworked to being in a really dark place, entertaining thoughts of ending it all.

The good news is that anyone can recover from burnout.  The first step is to assess where you’re at.

To that end, I’ve compiled this checklist from a few much longer ones.  It’s obviously not meant to be a clinical evaluation, but might tweak your thinking on where you’re at, and spark some thinking and discussion too.

There are many causes for burnout and the symptoms can be different depending on the person. We all know that feeling of being overwhelmed by work or life in general, but what do you do when that feeling never goes away? When you wake up and the upcoming day feels hopeless and there seems to be no end in sight.

What causes burnout?

Sometimes burnout is caused by feeling like you are having no impact on the world or at least not enough of an impact to make all the effort worth it.

It can be caused by believing that everything depends on you and holding yourself to impossible standards.  Of course, this isn’t really true.  As my old mentor Lindsay Brooks used to say, “The graveyard is filled with indispensable people.”

Often the cause of burnout is working every day with B, C, and D players.  These are people who have bad attitudes or don’t get much done, or a mix of both.  People like this suck your energy until you feel like you’re out of gas but have to keep on driving anyway.  These people create work environments that feel impossible to us.

If this sounds familiar, take some time to think about what has been making you burn out.

The hallmark symptoms of burnout are emotional exhaustion, feelings of cynicism, and decreased performance at work or school. If the idea of going to work tomorrow hits you in the pit of your stomach, that’s a sign that burnout may be an issue for you.

The burnout test

 Never   Always
1. I feel drained 12345
2. I feel unable to cope with work     12345
3. I feel physically and mentally exhausted 12345
4. I’m starting to experience chronic headaches12345
5. I can’t sleep because my mind keeps spinning     12345
6. I’m irritable and impatient at work and at home   12345
7. Little things upset me that normally wouldn’t   12345
8. I don’t feel recharged after time away   12345
9. I feel disillusioned about my job 12345
10. I would rather just not talk to people   12345

The burnout test outcomes

Add up your scores and see where you land:

0-20       You’re fine, nothing to worry about

21-34     Pay more attention to your physical and mental health

35-50    You’re approaching burnout.  Get help


Ways to recharge

There are lots of ways to recharge after feeling burned out.  These include:

  • Prioritizing sleep
  • Prioritizing healthy eating
  • Getting enough exercise
  • Talking to your team about it
  • Realizing that there’s help and a better future for those who seek to be healthier
  • Seeing a mental health professional for guidance

But the first step is diagnosis.  Figure out where you’re at and talk to someone about it.


Trevor Throness thinking about taking a burnout test

Trevor Throness is a speaker, consultant, and author of “The Power of People Skills.”  He is also co-founder and senior instructor at

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Vikram 25.08.2021, 21:47

I got a 37.

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