How to deal with burnout

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5 Responses

  1. Marcus says:

    “Burnout” is just a fancy term to convince yourself that it’s okay to be lazy and not to feel bad about it. Sticking your head into the sand to avoid responsibility is not “OK” and obviously not a solution to any problem.

  2. Michael says:

    Marcus, the difference is that he never had a responsibility in the first place. Sometimes we invent responsibilities in our own minds to try and justify the amount of time and energy we give as volunteers.

  3. Thank you for your kind words.

    I have contemplated often whether or not what I am experiencing is a burn-out. Maybe it is, I’m not sure.

    We’ll see what happens after a while. ;)

  4. Matthew says:

    Its an interesting challenge, maintaining interest and motivation in a project long-term.

    I’ve been participating for a little over 2 years now and for me I find it very beneficial to reduce my efforts nearly to zero for a few months at a time. Particularly during the summer, I just want to be outside as much as possible, so i contribute far less during these months. On the other hand in winter, when its dark and cold outside, its a real joy to spend an evening hacking and chatting with mates on the other side of the world.

    Its important to find a natural balance.

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