October 7, 2005
News & Opinion: Career Burnout?
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:
- "Seek the perspective of people you love."
- Set "aside some time each workday for quiet-time rituals such as massage or meditation."
- Read Slack to better understand the necessity of having time off.
- Check out Getting Things Done to help "ease your job anxieties".