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Try a "mental refresh"
by fergus mellon
Most of us members of the "Professional 99%" have been running to keep up with the pressures and changes in how we work in our "always on, always with us" workplace. Combined with an economy that has struggled to bring us much beyond more pressure, it is no wonder many of us are in a state of "brownout.”
So what to do?
The best solution would be to address the root cause: Have a job that is not overly demanding. However, that's probably not practical. Most professional jobs are stressful, so there really isn't truly green grass available to us. Instead, we need to build strategies to give ourselves a "mental refresh" to deal with our reality. Many of these strategies will help raise our game.
If you find that even getting a mental refresh is tough, you could try lightening the load by outsourcing more of your tasks. In the same way that we have become used to pre-cooked or delivery meals and shopping online, as well as employing an apartment cleaner or gardener, we're seeing growth in virtual personal assistants provided by companies such as Time etc. They may seem like a luxury, but by having an assistant help with those mundane but time-consuming tasks such as filing expense reports, you could find that the cost is worth it. It could be just the thing to help you get your busy life back into balance.
Related column: "Another Enititled Generation or Brown-ed Out?"