Burnout is a nasty and insidious process. It can sap your ability to push through challenges and ultimately cause you to fail if not dealt with quickly. It typically occurs when you have been overworked or over stressed for an extended period of time and have reached a breaking point. Burnout doesn’t happen in a day, and can not be recovered from in a day. It’s a plague on the software industry. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t taught how to recover from burnout. We tend to learn it the hard way through experience.