In a generation that sought to work to live and not live to work, the burnout problem, especially among Millennials is very real. In essence, work has become an all consuming force in our lives.
Work, Work, Work
Work determines major decisions that we make, and for many people, especially professionals, 40 hours a week would be a dream. They often work far more. For poorer people, working 2 or more jobs
For younger workers, the burnout can be real. Emails at all times of the day and night never stop flowing in. Longer commutes, economic uncertainty and the rise of the side hustle mean that there is often little time for relaxation. While their parents might have worked their day job and gone home to TV, hobbies, and beer, Millennials are staying later, working longer, and then going home to make up for the loss in pay. Indeed, this is the same generation that is at the same time being accused of being lazy and not working hard enough while also putting in more hours than ever before or working multiple jobs to make ends meet. This has led to people being anxious and simply burnt out. The future waiting for intrepid Gen Zoomers is just as bleak.
What is the solution to this? A radical change in work culture is unlikely at this stage, but there are some things everyone can do to reduce burn out.
- If you have vacation: take it.
- Reduce time on social media
- Make time for yourself
- Cut down on working hours and don’t respond to emails after work
- Automate as much as you can (it might cost but the time savings is essential)
In this video, The Atlantic walks us through how work is taking over our lives and what we can do about it.