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Burnout Solutions Start With Setting Boundaries & Here s How I Tried To Do That

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Mar 15, 2019 9:17 AM 3+ day ago

The first time I realized I was burned out at work was in 2008, during the Great Recession. The company where I worked laid off more than half its staff, and while I was lucky enough to make the cut, I was left doing four people's jobs -- some of which I did not have the skills for. While I was busy working 24/7, my dad -- who lived out of state -- became terminally ill and died within a few months. Instead of being able to take time off work, I was fielding calls from my staff while I was sitting by my dad's hospital bed.

Being confronted with the fact that I had no one to delegate my work to so I could take care of my family responsibilities made it abundantly clear I was running on empty. After my father's funeral, I resigned. At the time I thought it was just that job, and things would be different at ...

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