weekend reflections

Saturday morning, I have coffee with a friend, we are at the exhibition of Hannah Ryggen, we agree that we talk too much about work. She tells me “I burn for my project, how can I avoid to burn out?”. I do not know. May be we should burn less for our ideas, and work more professionally. Hannah Ryggen was activist feminist and anti-fascist. Can we be feminist without burning for it? In the afternoon I relax and looked at the series Noi, on Rai. Not only the mother, that I assume born in 57 (25 years old in 1982 when Italy won the world championship) but also the daughter in law, 34 years old now, stays at home after the children are born. I try to relax but then I write a list of all the projects, the tasks, the phd students, the master students. I see I should focus, I see how many mistakes, how many “yes” I should not have said to other people and to my ideas. This morning I talk to my uncle, he used to have a demanding job, he became pensionist when he was 57 as I am now. On the one hand I do want to work forever, for what I burn, on the other hand, when I do not know how to do something, when I do not know how to supervise that particular student, I feel I want to give up. “The division of labor”, says the sentence in the picture. “What is labor and what is life?” I say. Happy weekend.

One thought on “weekend reflections”

  1. Hi, Letizia. Regarding the burnout, maybe I have some suggestions from a work and organizational psychology perspective. The occupational burnout literature indicates that the emergence of burnout can be due to high job demands (e.g., cognitive, physical, and emotional demands) but low job resources (e.g., cognitive, contextual, and relational resources). Therefore, a job strategy called job crafting, referring to the self-initiated actions (e.g., cognitive, task, and relational crafting) aiming to balance job demands and job resources can help to alleviate the perceived burnout. Moreover, recent research shows that not only job resources, resources (e.g., those supports from families and friends) in the home domain can also offset the hindering demands in the work domain because resources have positive cross-domain effects. Thus, crafting and sustaining a happy off-work time can also help to release burnout from work. 🙂 Just some evidence from the literature. I hope that is some food for thought! 🙂


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