3 Ways to Squash Burnout and Boost Productivity


I found this article over on the Crew blog and I think it's helpful. I often set a timer to push myself through dreaded tasks (like unloading the dishwasher!) and I like the idea of batching certain tasks as Joelle Steiniger suggests. Here is an excerpt and a link to the full article. I'd love to hear your comments when you've finished reading it!


3 Ways to Squash Burnout and Boost Productivity

Posted by Joelle Steiniger

You have no problem keeping busy. No problem crossing things off your to-do list. You multitask like it’s going out of style. But the weeks continue to fly by and you can’t help but be dissatisfied with what you’ve actually accomplished. Not only that, but you’re exhausted. Your creative juices don’t flow the way the used to and you feel stressed and inadequate. You’re treading water.

I got sick of this pattern. So I changed it.

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How to Deal With Email Overload or Burnout


I just read this great article on "email burnout" and thought I'd share it here. I'm so worn out on email - how about you? I made the effort to delete more than 8,000 emails I had "filed" in my inbox last month. It was freeing but also made me realize just how time consuming the search/sort/delete process can be. After that brief afternoon of "inbox zero," I saw 100-125 messages come in each and every day. It's impossible to keep up.


The "unsubscribe" option isn't foolproof. My favorite auto-response from a museum told me that my email address (which they send their email to) wasn't in the database and couldn't be removed. I've asked UPS Store of Roseville, Minnesota umpteen times to remove me from their email list but to no avail. I used that UPS Store one time - to overnight my signed divorce papers two years ago - and now I have to remember that moment each and every week when they have a sale on mailing tape. I hate that. But I digress. Here's a link to Oompf Labs great article on email burnout. Enjoy!



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The Importance of Building Strong Relationships - Robert Steven Kaplan

Unsatisfying relationships are a source of stress for many people. In order to have a strong relationship, you have to share something fundamental about yourself with the other person. Tell them who you are. Robert Steven Kaplan from Harvard University discusses the importance of building strong relationships.


Thoughts on Rationalization, Denial, and Burnout.

We often try to intellectualize or rationalize away feelings or thoughts we feel are unacceptable or inappropriate. Try not to do this, as it is one of the most fundamental forms of self-denial. In other words, if there's a conflict between what your heart (your feelings) and your head (your intellect) are telling you, go with your heart.


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