"Burnout is not just when you need a vacation to recharge. It's when you feel overwhelming exhaustion, frustration, cynicism and a sense of ineffectiveness and failure. Initially it referred to those employed in the human services -- health care, social work, therapy and police work -- but has since expanded to all sorts of workers, said Christina Maslach, professor emerita of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley."
Addressing tensions between work and the rest of life will not only lead to a more sustainable and meaningful lifestyle for the privileged, but may prompt us to participate in causes that improve environmental, social, and economic conditions locally and worldwide.
"Our own personal beliefs often justify work without adequate life as much as weak public policy or self-serving corporate practices do. We may not (now) have the economic freedom to fully realize the balance of work and life -- but we can reclaim what that means for us. It must begin there."
"Here's the thing: it's harming how we communicate, connect, and interact. Everyone is busy, in different sorts of ways. Maybe you have lots of clients, or are starting a new business, or are taking care of a newborn. The point is this: with limited time and unlimited demands on that time, it's easy to fill your plate with activities constantly. But this doesn't mean that you should."
"While taking a digital breath might be contrary to our competitive nature in a 24/7 marketplace, it allows us to take a step back from info-overload and our demanding lives as cogs in the wheels of commerce. Digital contemplation acts as a digital detox or even redux. It helps us to re-frame our orientation of our digital lives."