October 7, 2005

News & Opinion: Career Burnout?

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 3:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In the Work & Family Mailbox of Thursday's WSJ, a reader named J.H. wrote in and asked about career burnout. J.H. described symptoms such as being "lethargic", detached and exhausted from work. J.H. also stated that she/he could not get away. What was Sue Shellenbarger's, the WSJ columnist, solution?
"The No. 1 remedy for burnout, and the belief that you can't take time off is a common self-delusion among burnout sufferers."
Other remedies suggested by Sue:
  1. "Seek the perspective of people you love."
  2. Set "aside some time each workday for quiet-time rituals such as massage or meditation."
Sue also recommended two books:
  • Read Slack to better understand the necessity of having time off.
  • Check out Getting Things Done to help "ease your job anxieties".