Re: Burnout?

Subject: Re: Burnout?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2001 10:42:20 -0800

John Posada wrote:

> If you cannot figure out a way to break the feeling, yes, you did
> pick the wrong one. OTOH, you might spend some time figuring out a
> way around it. The way I do it (besides 2 vacations per year) is to
> work as a contractor and change jobs every 6-9 months, making sure
> that what I'll BE doing is different than what I WAS doing. Keeps it
> fresh and just about when I'm getting bored, I'm changing jobs.

I'm not sure that the experience of contractors is too relevant to
anyone in a full-time position. As a contractor, you simply don't
have time to be bored.

As an alternative to contracting, I'd suggest a startup or else
setting up documentation for a company. Startups may be rarer than
they were a year ago, but many established companies are weak in
documentation. But the point is, in either circumstance, you are
likely to have a lot of autonomy, and be able to vary your job
considerably. Responsibility and variety: those are what I depend on
to keep from getting bored.

Bruce Byfield 317.833.0313 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com
Director of Marketing and Communications, Progeny Linux Systems
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux

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