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Can We Do Anything About Burnout? (Ep. 247)

We live in paradoxical times.

Through the power of technology, we should all theoretically have far more space left in the day to do what we’d like. But this doesn’t seem to be the case.

Ignoring the intense, ghostly glares from our clearly worse off ancestors, we’ve decided the 21st century is actually pretty stressful, after all.

Thomas and I are no exception. Living in a world of to-do lists can turn everything into a chore, and we have quite a few to-dos to be to-done.

So what’s the deal? Are we all just babies? Or is there something to this burnout business?

Let’s tackle this seemingly modern zeitgeist and find out.

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  • 0:09:59 – The problem with optimizing everything
  • 0:23:30 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:25:58 – Why we keep putting off tasks that don’t directly relate to our brand
  • 0:35:17 – The expectation that we have that we need to always be working
  • 0:55:47 – Doing something just for the fun of it and worrying less
  • 1:09:10 – Conclusion

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Can We Do Anything About Burnout?