Finding Balance in Life (or Avoiding Burnout Long-term)

Earlier this week, I hit a new milestone in life with my birthday and spent the week reflecting on life and what’s important to me.

Whenever I have this internal dialogue, I’m reminded of a great BusinessWeek OpEd from Marissa Mayer on “How To Avoid Burnout.

The important passage:

I have a theory that burnout is about resentment. And you beat it by knowing what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful. I tell people: Find your rhythm. Your rhythm is what matters to you so much that when you miss it you’re resentful of your work.

For me, this is my morning workout – if I’m able to have an hour to run or go to the gym with my music in the morning – I can work the rest of the week and not feel the strain at all.

I think even more important than the activity is the feeling of accomplishment and control that completion brings – especially as work gets busy and frantic – knowing that there’s always one thing I can accomplish every day gives me confidence that I can do anything.

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