My name is Evan Edward Dumas, and I'm working to cure burnout. You may have experienced that feeling of emotional and physical exhaustion, losing engagement with activities you once cared deeply about. Well I'm here to say that you're not alone, and there's something we can do about it.
Let's work together to cure burnout.
How do you figure out what you want to be when you grow up? Some have it easy and know from a very young age, others (like myself) have a dimmer view of the future, but that’s ok. I’ve been to career counselors, I’ve read books, I’ve talked with friends, I’ve dabbled in so many jobs and hobbies that my bookshelves are as varied as they are full.
That thing you battle with, when coming back to an old project and you’ve forgotten where you left off, that’s static friction. Give it a name, honor the challenge it poses, and prevent it from happening in the future. A little bit of momentum goes a long way, and saves you energy in the long run.
Keep your pilot light lit, and forgive yourself if you’re running cold. You have the capability of burning bright, but you need to start small and warm up to it.
The change we wish for is sudden and easy, but the best lasting change comes gradually and not without difficulty. Instead of starting over with a whole new tree, try a little pruning first.