How to Prevent Burnout

This episode is a bit of a departure from my normal conversations about politics, philosophy, etc. Nicole from the Infinity Twins podcast joined me to discuss productivity and how to prevent burnout. While I don’t want to be in the self-help space, I do think this is a real problem today. So, I wanted to offer some thoughts from Nicole and myself to help people be more productive while also staying sane.

“You’ll have time to rest when you’re dead.”

Robert De Niro

What is Burnout?

Burnout is what happens when you work too hard for too long. And in our culture, we are highly prone to overexerting ourselves without realizing it. The “Protestant work ethic” that Americans are praised for can be a tough burden to bear. Furthermore, what we consider rest is often not actually restful, which leads to burnout. The exhaustion that comes with burnout is our body signaling to us that it needs rest.

How to Prevent Burnout

The way to do this is to find a balance in your life. You should work, and work hard. That’s good. However, we shouldn’t be working ourselves into an early grave or ignoring the most important things in life. God and family should be first in our lives, with healthy recreation following closely behind our work. Even soldiers get an R&R period now and then. The Golden Mean applies to all aspects of our lives, especially knowing how to prioritize different goods.

Finding Real Rest

One of the major problems we find today is that our rest is not actually restful. Instead of calming down and spending some time in peace and quiet, we’re constantly seeking stimulus. We may think we’re “veging out” as we watch our favorite cop show, but that may not be the case. In fact, since so much of our work is mental, rather than physical, a little exercise might be better for rest than a couple hours of TV. But, some time with a loved one, a good book, or in prayer is always a good source of true rest.

200. Restoring Old Homes with Beauty and Purpose Conversation of Our Generation

I've talked to a couple of architects and discussed the charm of local neighborhoods. In my conversation with Bill Martin, we discussed restoring old homes. And, we talked about his philosophy on how to do that in a way that serves his client and is in keeping with the neighborhood. Furthermore, he does this with sustainability as a primary focus as well. If you're interested in learning more, listen below to understand his philosophy. You can also find more about Bill's work here. https://conversationofourgeneration.com/2021/03/01/restoring-old-homes-with-beauty-and-purpose/(opens in a new tab) "Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness." -Frank Gehry Restoring Old Homes After a while, homes need to be touched up. Even if they're in good shape, people may want to change them to fit a new style of living. So, restoring old homes is important if we don't want to tear down and rebuild. It is also a more efficient and sustainable way of updating a home than tearing down and rebuilding. The practicality of restoration, I think, is clear. But, there is something to maintaining the character and history of a home and not getting rid of it. Doing it With Beauty And Purpose Bill does this with beauty. He focuses on creating an aesthetically impressive home that is in keeping with the neighborhood. Instead of trying to fuel his ego, he seeks to build something for the client and the community. Building with purpose is another part of this, ensuring that his building serves the client and the community. His approach that recognizes the need to balance these different uses and economic factors is unique. More architects should learn about his philosophy, which he calls E-FABism. "Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart." -Arthur Erickson — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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