A Nuanced Take on Preventing Burnout

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  • Burnout is like a kettle, and you can keep it going by letting steam out occasionally
  • My burnout prevention technique has two components to it: detection and corrective action.
  • Detection is actually really easy. Once a week, introspect and ask yourself: “Do I feel resentful?” This works remarkably well, because resentment is the first sign of burnout.
  • Maslach Burnout Inventory: ICE
    • Inefficacy: reduced personal accomplishment
    • Cynicism: negative attitudes
    • Exhaustion: loss of energy, fatigue
  • Do restful activity that’s actually restful.