Unless our work and personal lives are carefully balanced, the physical and mental effects of an "always on" life can be debilitating.
Ultimately, burnout results from a lack of equilibrium. When you lose your balance, physically, you fall over. Burnout is very similar, except that once you’re down, it can be a real challenge to get back up.
Ask yourself: Have you set sufficient boundaries between your job and your life outside of work? Are you guarding those boundaries?
The French film director Jean Renoir once said, "The foundation of all great civilizations is loitering." But we have all stopped loitering. I don't mean we aren't lazy at times. I mean that no moment goes unoccupied.
Have you seen "Revolutionary Road"?
Hopeless emptiness. Now you've said it. Plenty of people are onto the emptiness, but it takes real guts to see the hopelessness.
A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.
We desperately want to take a break from our hectic, overscheduled lives -- but not right now.
We are not stressed because we have no time, but rather, we have no time because we are stressed.
In a world populated by people who believe that through more and more information, paradise is attainable, the computer scientist is king. But I maintain that all of this is a monumental and dangerous waste of human talent and energy.
It will always suck to work for large organizations, and the larger the organization, the more it will suck.
The evidence suggests that from an executive perspective, the most desirable employees may no longer necessarily be those with proven ability and judgment, but those who can be counted on to follow orders and be good "team players."
To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen, who play with their boats at sea--"cruising", it is called.