Burnout


With enough hard work, burnout is inevitable. It doesn’t matter how much preparation you’ve done or how well you’ve blocked out your time (well… that’s not entirely true, but that’s what I’m going to talk about today, so I’m taking a liberty). If you’re always firing on all cylinders, you’re going to wear down. So, how to combat it?

You don’t.

It’s the old adage: all things in moderation. This includes work. I don’t care if you’re on deadline. If you have burned out, you need to stop. Read a book. Watch a movie. Get some dessert. Do something you enjoy and do only that for as long as it takes for you to feel on top of things again. If you’ve got something due in a few hours, just reduce your break time. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you don’t need a break or cannot afford a break, though. You can’t afford NOT to take a break. Trying to play through the pain is just going to result in shoddy work or, worse yet, greater injury. Stress will break you down both mentally and physically (as it did recently with one super-worker I know who came down with pneumonia).

In that spirit, this post is going to be a short one, as I’ve been feeling the burn. Between my day job and my writing responsibilities, I’ve been fairly well slammed and with Comic Con coming up this weekend, it’s not looking like my pace will slacken much during the day. So at night I’m going to try to work as little as possible. I need this time to rest and recuperate so that I can stay on track overall.

I may have to put off my fiction post this week so that I can make sure I’m not writing up something that’s lacking… but I promise if I don’t have that up, I’ll have as many wacky Comic Con photos as I can cram into a post.

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