Sustain issue #5 (Get Sustain in your inbox next Thursday)
Today is Earth Day. Much like a single guilty verdict is a very small step in the anti-racist journey, there have been too few positive moments in the long-term care of our planet. On both fronts there is so, so much more urgent work to do.
In the last few months, I’ve been exploring more into our impending climate disaster. The task at hand is doable, but it’s an issue that will require both major international policy and individual action.
Through this learning, I’ve been thinking about how care for our planet is connected to this conversation around burnout. And really, I think it is deeply connected.
If you’re intentional about living and working in a way that prevents burnout, you’re also on the right track to keep the planet from burning out.
Let me explain.
Because we work ourselves to the bone, we have little energy to expend elsewhere. We now carry a remote control to life in our pocket that delivers instant gratification. The trouble is, the more we push those magic buttons, the more carbon we push out via delivery services, impulse shopping, a rideshare, and plane tickets. And we keep pushing the buttons over and over because we’re fried from work.
This isn’t to say wipe these things completely from your life.
However, in my experience and in talking with others, those who are really intentional about preventing burnout live slightly smaller and at a slower pace. They have habits that are good for Earth and good for the soul.
They reclaim time from work so they have energy for life.
They walk and bike places.
They shop local.
They find happiness and fulfilment in the ordinary.
They eat without overtaxing our finite resources.
Being good to the planet doesn’t mean you have to stop being good to yourself. It’s actually the exact opposite. What’s good for the planet is good for you.
Making Earth a happier place isn’t something any one of us can do on our own. But enough individuals living a bit smaller and slower goes a long way and it will help us all to breakup with burnout from work.
At a sustainable pace,
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Hi, I'm Grant Gurewitz. I'm on a mission to end burnout at work. I've been in tech for 10 years (ex-Zillow, current: Qualtrics) who suffered deep burnout and came back from it with no help of the hacky advice out there.
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