On Avoiding Burnout

“Work/life balance” has become such a trendy term as of late that it is easy to ignore its meaning. The term is not a monolith, and there is no perfect ratio of life to work. The term was created to combat the stereotypical idea of someone working 100 hours a week and missing all of the good things in life. For some people, the key to fulfillment is to work less, and commit more time to our personal lives. For others, career success is their chief goal, and they derive fulfillment by pursuing it with singular focus. The point is that we all have to analyze our own goals and determine what will make us the happiest.

That is the sentiment Krista Johnston expressed when she sat down with Daily Fuel. After years of killing herself running her brewery, she found herself realizing that the “reward” for working ridiculous hours might never arrive. She was no more successful than she would have been working less and enjoying life more. Maybe you are working too much, or maybe you’re starting your career and aren’t working enough. Whatever your situation, we can all learn from Krista’s taking life into her own hands. She saw a gap between what she wanted in life, and her current routine. She made the necessary changes, and emerged a happier person.

before you get back to work...

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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
— Albert Einstein
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