October 7, 2005

News & Opinion: Career Burnout?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 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".

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.