Whilst you've just had a summer holiday and hopefully are rested and refreshed, it's important to remember that burnout can sneak up on you. Burnout is a contributing factor in the downfall of many SMEs. What once made you joyously jump out of bed can leave you hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock.

There are many reasons for burning out:

- Burning the candle at both ends. Driven workaholics often find their ambition pushes them over the edge.

- You're tired and bored.  You've been a mouse on the same wheel for too long and productivity is probably slipping along with your enthusiasm.

- You're under-stimulated. Your current role offers few challenges and little recognition of your skills. You feel unmotivated, on a one-way trip to nowhere.

Any bells ringing? Perhaps it's time to figure out why you're feeling this way in order to make effective choices and get your career on track. Your job accounts for roughly 40% of your waking life - generally it should be stimulating and enjoyable.