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Rest and Recovery

Working on the Weekend Depends On How You Define Work

“Unpopular opinion: the best thing young people can do early in their careers is to work on the weekends,” tweeted a woman named Jordan Kong, who reports working in tech and splitting her time between San Francisco and Miami. “Disagree. Deadlift. Take long walks. Read fiction. Listen to music,” responded yours truly. The truth, of…

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How Breaks Change Our Brain for the Better

When I was in 5th grade, I was determined to break the Haude Elementary school record in the mile. I knew I had to train to do it. So I set out to train by doing the only thing that made logical sense to my 10-year-old brain: run an all-out mile every day. Predictably, my…

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A Better Way to Think About Exhaustion and Rest

One of my coaching clients, who I’ll call Jenny, is a 39-year-old entrepreneur. Lately, she’s been struggling with fatigue, nothing too severe but a general sense of exhaustion, or, in her words, “not feeling as sharp and energetic as I’d like.” The first solution that comes to mind is simple: rest. But what if she tries resting and still feels sluggish? Jenny’s…

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Is Your Boss Causing Your Burnout?

Burnout is an epidemic. The World Health Organization recently sounded the alarm, upgrading burnout from a general state of exhaustion to a definable syndrome. In a Gallup survey of over 7,500 workers, 23% reported feeling burned out very often, while another 44% said they felt burned out sometimes. When it comes to solutions, we tend…

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