One of the biggest hindrances to productivity is the physical and mental state known as burnout. We all tend to get started on a project with large amounts of enthusiasm and energy, but after some time, even our most passionate endeavors can make us sick to our stomach at the very thought of them.
Most people call this state burnout, and they never get past it. It’s unfortunate, though, because if you can manage to get past that burned out feeling, you’ll find that renewed energy and rewards are just on the other side of the wall you’re banging your head against.
In this chapter, we’re going to talk about what burnout is, how it happens, and why I think burnout—in most cases—is just an illusion.