The autistic person’s ability to focus can often lead us down the path of burnout. When I’m invested, I can work for ten to twelve hours a day, without even realizing the creeping exhaustion until I’m on the precipice of a meltdown. Once this occurs, I start taking action to pare down responsibilities, and I make sleep a priority (there can be no recovery without rest). In the long-term, try asking yourself these questions before making commitments: When am I taking a real break today? Is my schedule sustainable? What can I take out of my day to make time to refresh my mind?