Feb 22, 2009
Anybody who's encountered burnout will remember how things that seemed effortless become laden with stressful connotations.

Burnout happens when we do repetitive tasks that are in the sweet spot of cognitive effort. They take enough attention that you can't let your mind wander, but not so much that you're actually deriving pleasure from doing them. In the beginning this doesn't seem like a big deal, but small stresses accumulate over time. Especially if they aren't compensated for.

Work everyday on something pleasurably challenging.

Making the big picture easy to see, in software and in society at large.
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