No man’s land is a place of uncertainty. Historically speaking, it’s an area between two armies with no one occupying it, putting them at a stalemate. And if you’re unlucky enough to be in it… you might be stuck. You’re between two points, unable to move forward or backward.
You’re just stuck.
If you’ve felt the frustration of spinning your wheels, wanting to get things done but not knowing where to start, it can spiral out of control before you know it and leave you hovering and paralyzed. …
Trying to force creativity doesn’t work.
That’s not necessarily a radical idea. But when you’re sitting at your desk or maybe in your favorite chair, racking your brain to try and find just one more or three more ideas, it can feel like the energy has been sucked right out of you. …
Plenty of professionals have been told if you work hard and grind it out, you’ll eventually become a success. It’s an age-old lesson: hard work will be rewarded, either financially or psychologically. Hard work will distinguish you from others and demonstrate your value.
What isn’t taught in that particular lesson is that burnout and exhaustion come with working yourself to the bone.
Never taking a sick day, personal day, or vacation isn’t just a recipe for implosion — it’s a bad influence. Plenty of studies have proven unlimited PTO just leads to fewer days taken off from work.
Why? There are as many answers as there are experts who came up with them. And it leads to some bigger, maybe more uncomfortable questions. …