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Always On
> instead what seemed required was a kind of ironic disavowal of disavowal with regard to our online presentation: The tone foregrounds the idea that we all must put on an act that fools no one.

​> Among the historical antecedents,

​> They reinforce the idea that people should always be working by providing another arena for invidious comparison, self-branding, and optimization. But something more subtle may be happening as well. Social media platforms, like all technologies that mediate the self, “heighten consciousness,” in media scholar Walter Ong’s words. But if earlier technological developments, like writing, heightened consciousness to extend the self, newer technologies may heighten it to a point where it no longer sustains the self but undermines it.

​> writing — the “technologizing of the word,” as Ong described it — distanced us from the flux of immediate experience and expanded consciousness into space and across time. The diary could be considered paradigmatic: It makes subjectivity an object of reflection, both in the moment of composition and for future readers as well.

​> is to see at least some aspect of yourself suspended in time and space.

​> The audience’s resulting dispersal through space and time leads to a sporadic and unpredictable set of interactions, which can anchor habits of continual checking or an intensified susceptibility to push notifications (part of how platforms try to elicit compulsive engagement). The result is that we can’t help but be aware of ourselves through these platforms as continual performers, moment by moment.

​> What kind of self derives from this condition? Imagine a wedding photographer who circulates, trying to capture candid images of spontaneous or unscripted moments. “Act naturally,” they might joke, before encouraging everyone to “pretend I’m not here,” ironically vocalizing the impossible possibility to diffuse some of the pressure of doing as they say. Now imagine that you are that photographer, but that it is also your wedding. And imagine also that the wedding never ends.

​> To borrow sociologist Erving Goffman’s terminology, broadcasting on social media amounts to a substantial expansion of what he called our “front stage,” where we are consciously and continually involved in the work of impression management

​> But they have really mastered the art of transforming the backstage into another front stage.

​> We can understand backstage experience, then, as a respite not only from the gaze of an audience but also the gaze we must fix on ourselves to pull off our performances.

​> The algorithms that ostensibly reveal what your “true” or “authentic” self would choose for itself feed off the very exhaustion that the platforms generate, offering refuge from the burden of identity work in the automation of the will.

​> Life needs the protection of nonawareness.
l-m-sacasas  identity  social  reflection  burnout 
1 hour ago by jasdev
Digital Commons @ Olivet - Scholar Week 2016 - present: Stress Reduction: Mindful Mandalas
Mental Health is an ever-increasing topic of discussion in several sectors of today’s society. One career, law enforcement, seems to correlate job-related responsibilities with rising numbers in post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. A group of nursing students from Olivet Nazarene University sought to incorporate their understanding of stressors associated with the helping profession of law enforcement while researching cost-effective, evidence-based, self-care met...
health  mental-health  mandala  burnout  mindfulness  research  stress 
yesterday by lenards
Rest Weeks and Catch-Up Sprints in Agile
Agile & scrum friends, what’s your preferred frequency for Rest Weeks/Catch-up Sprints in a project? I like every 4 sprints; I’m interested in what you do.

If your response is “Rest weeks??”, please know that your process is damaging your team members’ health.
agile  scrum  sprints  rest  burnout  productivity  management 
2 days ago by spaceninja
How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation
> I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.

This rang with me and I sent it to Rachel but now I can't remember what's in it so I probably ought to re-read it
burnout  culture  adhd  milennial  work 
4 days ago by aaronbeekay
Getting Toasty: Observations on Burnout - Angersock
I’ve yet to see a really good essay by anybody who isn’t a developer talking about engineer burnout. JWZ, Rachel Kroll, or cbloom (back before he zorched his rambles) are all good examples, but otherwise I haven’t seen a lot else.

I’ll add some data points to it, go in-depth on what I think causes it, and attempt to offer some advice for engineers and managers.

Important note 1: This is all very heavily-based on my own experiences, as a beginner up to now senior developer with experience bootstrapping (and failing), hiring, and growing teams, and grinding on terrible projects. My experience may not match yours. That’s cool. Go write your own blog post about it and help bring sunlight to a nasty topic.

Important note 2: Burnout sucks. This should be discussed solemnly in person, on IRC, or over email, but until that’s more common maybe this will help people find a starting point. I’m sick of self-serving Medium articles and Twitter circlejerks with people singewashing their experiences for pageviews.
6 days ago by pfctdayelise
Burnout Self-Test - Stress Management from MindTools.com
Burnout Self-Test
Checking Yourself for Burnout
Burnout Self-Test - Are You at Risk?

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Are you at risk of burning out?

Burnout occurs when passionate, committed people become deeply disillusioned with a job or career from which they have previously derived much of their identity and meaning. It comes as the things that inspire passion and enthusiasm are stripped away, and tedious or unpleasant things crowd in.

This tool can help you check yourself for burnout. It helps you look at the way you feel about your job and your experiences at work, so that you can get a feel for whether you are at risk of burnout.
7 days ago by pfctdayelise
I Don’t Have the Bandwidth
> BAD METAPHORS is an ongoing series that takes a critical look at the figures of speech that shuttle between technology and everyday life.

> In the gentle shrugging off of blame, “bandwidth” as metaphor becomes a useful distortion, since there is no regulatory body assigning us an emotional frequency spectrum.

> When we discuss feelings and relationships in terms of “bandwidth” we are treating them like megabits of information.
sophie-haigney  friendship  burnout 
8 days ago by jasdev

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