Does this scenario sound familiar? It’s the middle of winter. You wake up early, in the dark, and nine hours or so later, you return home after a long commute, also in the dark. You pick up a convenience food dinner on the way, catch up on emails to get a jump on the next day, and slump in front of the TV. Good times!
In May 2019, the World Health Organization declared that
Online, All the Time
The time we spend with our eyes glued to a screen is called the “attention economy” and it is a significant source of feeling burnout. We stay connected because of a fear of missing out (FOMO), whether it’s a newsflash, a text from our boss or client, or a photo of a meal one of our friends ate last week.
Our splintered attention takes a toll on our health, creativity, and productivity. And, despite rising work hours, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, employee productivity is growing slower than ever.
Feel the Burn
One employment trend is the “
Invisible work is another sneaky way we fall into overwork—and women are especially susceptible. Having the role of official counsellor, or “agony aunt”, and listening to coworkers’ complaints eats up valuable time and energy. Invisible work also includes being the one who takes notes during meetings and distributes them, organizes lunches and social gatherings, arranges birthday/new baby/get well soon cards and gifts, as well as tidies the kitchen. These types of activities often land on women because they’re an extension of the work they do at home— and they rarely lead to performance bonuses or promotions. Invisible work could be one of the reasons that
Being a star employee is often the first step toward burnout. High achievers are prone to taking on too many tasks and not delegating work to others. This creates the need to labour ever longer hours to keep up with demand. In a
On the Road Again
Commuting is another source of stress leading to burnout. A
Our work calendars can be a friend— or foe. To dodge overcommitting yourself, a regular calendar audit will help you understand how long certain tasks really take, including commuting, as well time spend on social media. Colour coding appointments helps you see at a glance how much you invest in the most important activities. And, most importantly, a well-constructed calendar should also include scheduled time to de-compress, go for a walk, or just exhale.
Rita Silvan, CIM™️, is personal finance and investment writer and editor. She is the former editor-in-chief of ELLE Canada magazine and is an award-winning journalist and tv media personality. Rita is the editor-in-chief of Golden Girl Finance, an online magazine focusing on women’s financial success. When not writing about all things financial, Rita explores Toronto’s parks with her standard poodle.