That coyote Adrian Savage has posted an interesting piece on understanding burnout. After an eleven hour day you have to wonder at the coincidence of such a post crossing your way when you get home. When the working hours go up and the pay remains the same, the important thing is always to keep an eye on productivity on the personal level and how things are panning out on a general level.
I can avoid burnout by simply pulling out of the situation as soon as it is evident I hit diminishing returns in the pursuit of happiness.
Some of the factors I take into account are:
Hopefully we all have some of this and take it to work with us. This is where the ego comes out to play. How much of a signature do I leave on this work?
How do I feel about the work. Is the work itself good, worthy work? Am I helping people by doing the work? Do I enjoy it?
The green itself but also the possibility of more green to come.
How's the noggin? How's the rest of the mortal shell coping?
Weight of expectation
Is it easy work? Is it late work that you know should have been done ages ago? Did you make a silly promise to the boss? Did you make a silly promise to a cute girl you are a sucker for? (don't judge me I'm only human!) Or was it just never going to get done but you were assigned it anyway?
How long have you had to put up with the situation? Is it improving? Is it the new status quo? (no caps)
Only when I lose the power of rational thought will I be caught suffering from burnout. However, doesn't hurt to flesh out my thought process from time to time.