Workplace burnout: What’s the antidote?

How many times have you heard of someone being made overly tired or frustrated by their work? Or maybe you’ve felt this yourself. “Workplace burnout” is becoming a common phrase.

Since I love multitasking, I usually thrive on lots of activity at work, but there came a point when the sheer volume of my responsibilities and the hours I was devoting to them left me feeling strained. I rarely saw my husband when he was awake and I was missing many of my children’s extracurricular activities. Even when I was with my family, I would often be talking to, texting, or emailing colleagues. I had never experienced before such a consuming sense of being worn out from work.

I thought of an article I’d read by Shelley Prevost, cofounder and CEO of a business. One of the points in the article, titled “5 Ways to Distinguish Your Calling From Your Ego,” seemed especially relevant: “Ego manifests as burnout. Calling manifests as fulfillment” (, December 12, 2013). I love the idea that opens up from this: Focusing on our ego, or self, hides our sense of calling, purpose, and fulfillment.

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August 19, 2019

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