From: Brad Feld (edited)
I remember reading a book that said a great consultant spent 20% of their time on “overhead” and 80% of their time on substantive work for their clients.
As long as I was only spending 20% of my time on things I wasn’t interested in, I was fine.
However, I’d somehow gotten the ratios flipped – I was spending only 20% of my time on the stimulating stuff and 80% of my time on stuff I viewed as unimportant.
I was only stimulated by about 20% of the stuff I was doing. This led to a deep boredom that I didn’t realize, because I was so incredibly busy and tired from the amount of stuff I was doing.
While the 20/80 problem was the start, the real root cause of the depression was the boredom.