063 JSJ Burnout


Jamison Dance (twitter github blog)
Joe Eames (twitter github blog)
Merrick Christensen (twitter github)
Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Ramp Up)

01:47 – Burnout

Google: define burnout

04:57 – Pair Programming
06:19 – Burnout Guilt

Thought-workers vs Laborers

10:15 – Positive Reinforcement
11:18 – Causes of Burnout

Prolonged periods of high stress
Crappy jobs
Long hours
Organizational challenges
Difficult work environment

20:41 – Overcoming Burnout

Do something else
Talk to your boss
Twitter / @bmf: Burnout is not caused by working hard. Burnout is caused by not shipping.
Measurable progress

28:17 – Short-term Burnout

You Are Your Own Gym (YAYOG)
Take lunch

32:17 – Reaching out to others who may be burning out
35:50 – Preventing Burnout

Positive environments
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
[YouTube] Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us


America's Got Talent (Joe)
Storm Front (Derrick Storm) by Richard Castle (Joe)
Derandomized - Khan Academy: Machine Learning -> Measurable Learning (Jamison)
Get On Top (Jamison)
Ben Bernanke to Princeton Grads: The World Isn't Fair (and You All Got Lucky) (Merrick)
General Assembly (AJ)
AJ needs a room to rent in San Francisco (AJ)
You Are Your Own Gym (YAYOG)
Run 10k (Chuck)
Nike+ Running (Chuck)


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CHUCK:  Hey everybody, and welcome to Episode 63 of the JavaScript Jabber Show. This week on our panel, we have Jamison Dance.

JAMISON:  Hello friends.

CHUCK:  Joe Eames.

JOE:  Hello there.

CHUCK:  Merrick Christensen.


CHUCK:  And I’m Charles Max Wood from DevChat.TV. This week we’re going to be talking about burnout, I’m assuming you’ve all experienced burnout?

MERRICK:  Does anybody else feel weird saying hello into a microphone? I feel like Joe sounded like this Texan guy. Like you never know what you’re supposed to say.

JOE:  Howdy, partner.

MERRICK:  Yeah, exactly. More like a response coming, you know. It’s funny.

CHUCK:  Yeehaw!

JAMISON:  You’re just rolling the dice.

MERRICK:  Yeah. I feel like [inaudible] or something, so people know it’s me.

JAMISON:  You just never know what’s going to come out.

MERRICK:  You really don’t. Sometimes, I’m like, “Maybe I’m going to go Little John on this thing and I don’t know.


JOE:  From now on, instead of saying hello, I’ll do this one, [sound]


JAMISON:  Let’s get a soundboard.

JOE:  I’ve got a soundboard here.

CHUCK:  Oh, nice.

MERRICK:  We could really, really degrade the quality of the show, or improve it, with cool sound.

JAMISON:  I think we just have.


CHUCK:  I’ve thought about getting soundboards for the different segments, like the picks and stuff, but nah.

JAMISON:  It took us 30 seconds to wander off topic.

CHUCK:  I know.

JAMISON:  Let’s talk about burnout.

CHUCK:  Burnout.

JAMISON:  Can we get a definition of burnout, to channel Josh Susser.

JOE:  You define it, Jamison.

JAMISON:  I was reading on Wikipedia, as one does when you’re trying to learn about something. It says it’s a psychological term for long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work.

CHUCK:  Ooh, that’s very good.

MERRICK:  I like that.

JOE:  A long-term exhaustion. Okay.

JAMISON:  So, it’s not just like, “I’m feeling lazy today.” It’s, “I’m feeling lazy this month or lazy when I’m at work this month.”