This article about burn out is very interesting. It’s quite long so you’ll have to set aside a decent amount of time to read it, but it’s well worth it!
As seems to be the way with my random web readings it’s come at an opportune time to help me with things that are getting to me. Recently it’s been the feeling that I’m not getting anywhere with my guitar practice. This in turn leads to lack of enthusiasm and motivation to practice, which of course leads to even less progress. A dangerous spiral I’m sure you’ll agree. The problem? Well it’s related to burn-out, surprisingly. At one point in the article that I’m imploring you to read, burn-out is described as an imbalance between expectations and reward. In other words I’m expecting myself to be better at playing the guitar (among other things) given the amount of practice that I’ve done. Simply, I’m wrong.
Another problem is also touched on later in the article (I’ll admit I’ve yet to finish it – but I’m so eager to share it with you, you lovely lovely reader). is the desire to schedule relaxation – i.e. not-at-work-time. So I’ve remembered a time when life was simpler and I didn’t think too much about what I’m going to do when I get home. So this evening I’m going to the gym, and eating. Anything else will be on a whim.
I’m going to love it!