Burnout is a real problem when you’re in a demanding job or you’re a super-achiever. The biggest cause of burnout, however, might not be your inability to take a break from work, but being kept from doing what you love or is important to you.
That’s the epiphany web and mobile developer Kent Nguyen had after struggling with burnout for some time. It was inspired by Marissa Mayer’s resentment check recommendation, but Kent looks at it another way:
The solution [to burnout] is actually quite simple: do what you love and is important to you regularly.
Another way to look at it is to ask yourself: what is it that you absolutely cannot miss out?
Do not try too hard to find the answer. You might not know the answer now, and might only discover it when you are actually doing the activities you love. It’s important to keep the question in mind all the time.
Makes sense. The things that you’re passionate about, that you need to do regularly, fuel you and keep you sane. Put them in your schedule as a way of taking care of yourself.
My secret to getting rid of burnout permanently [Kent Nguyen]