Parallax Press just published The Idealist's Survival Kit. 75 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout, a "tool kit" designed to support nonprofit staff, volunteers, activists and all those engaged in social social change and humanitarian work.
A kind of "unGuide to doing good stuff and keep sane".
People with daring vision and edgy ideas pour their soul into their projects. We strive for meaning and fulfilment and we can't do that on a 9 to 5 schedule. So we are freelancers, change-makers, entrepreneurs, activists, humanitarians. Riding the edge. On the edge the temperature rises sometimes...and if we are not careful and get too close "to the sun", just like Icarus, we risk burning "our wings". We run out of steam and enthusiasm. We become jaded and cynical. In other words we burnout.
What many people ignore is that burnout is a problem of the system, of the "community", not just of the individual.
When individuals burnout it is a symptom that they are part of a community that is not caring for its people. We see this problem among "do-gooders" who tend to focus on fixing things out there and pay little attention to the emotional texture of life.
Stewardship of assets will not change the world, if we forget to care for one another.
Here's how to keep burning without burning out.