Poll: Have you ever suffered from "burnout"?
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Jul 4, 2010

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you ever suffered from "burnout"?".

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:13
Member (2006)
German to English
Not quite Jul 4, 2010

because I recognised the symptoms in time and put on the brake, only to run into it again a little later.


Erik Matson  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:13
Member (2008)
English to Norwegian
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Yes Jul 4, 2010

Packed up my office (computer) and went to Thailand where I took a month off, after which I went back to business working from there. The low cost of living and the natural beauty of the place automatically put me in a more relaxed mode and opened my eyes to the freedom and possibilities of my freelance career.


Anita du Plessis  Identity Verified
South Africa
Local time: 15:13
Member (2008)
English to Afrikaans
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No, I suppose I am fortunate... Jul 4, 2010

I worked very hard as a student, but fortunately never suffered from burnout.

Now, in semi-retirement I am fortunate to set the pace against which I work. I don't mind working through the night occasionally, but then I make sure that I take it calmly for the next day or two.

I believe in the words of Max Ehrmann (1872) :
" Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy."


Interlangue (X)
Local time: 14:13
English to French
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Yes... Jul 4, 2010

... more than once! I tend to get carried awayicon_smile.gif But always recovered so far!


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:13
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Mini burnouts Jul 4, 2010

Never a big one, enough to take a break in my career, but have sometimes crashed especially after conferences. Once I slept 36 hours straight.


Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:13
Member (2005)
German to English
+ ...
W/ Muriel Jul 5, 2010

Small ones, where I take a break during the "working week".

Also usually in response to a monthly project I get, in which a number of similar files have to be translated to agonizingly exacting standards.


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