Stewing in the back of my mind are thoughts about burnout. I have been know to get burned out periodically. Usually a mental-health day is all it takes to get back on track. Sometimes I need two. Typically what I need to do is find some other problem set to work on. Just something to let me know there is another class of problem to work on, assure me that I'm not trapped in Dante's Inferno someplace.
An observation, some people accept burnout. That is, they get burned out and they just keep marching forward. I think this leads to a complacent attitude. It allows you to become dull witted and you loose effectiveness. It's important to guard against that and to find a way to get through it.
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