Mindful & Driven

Doing Less isn’t the Solution to BURNOUT — Do More of What Energizes You w/ Amy Shearn

February 08, 2022 Amardeep Parmar/Amy Shearn Episode 34
Mindful & Driven
Doing Less isn’t the Solution to BURNOUT — Do More of What Energizes You w/ Amy Shearn
Show Notes

Welcome to episode 34 of the Mindful & Driven podcast! It's all about how to not lose sight of what really matters whilst chasing your dreams.

Episode 34’s guest is ​Amy Shearn. She’s an award-winning author of the novels, Unseen City, The Mermaid of Brooklyn and How Far is the Ocean from Here. She’s currently working at Medium where she’s the editor of Human Parts and Creators Hub. She’s the former editor of the fiction publication Joyland and her work has been featured in Poets and Writers, Slate, and the New York Times.

Amy shares some interesting ideas about doing more of what energizes you rather than doing less of the things that drain you.  It's a tiny mindset shift that can often be the right solution to burnout.
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Here's a summary of the ideas you'll find in this episode:
How to overcome burnout. How to manage your personal energy. The idea of finding something that fills you with energy is one solution to burnout. What's the difference between internal motivation and external motivation. Avoid energy vampires. Don't always stick to your habits and routines. Be more flexible. Be kind to yourself.

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The formula to success (1:41)

Getting too stressed out (6:37)

On writing novels and enjoying the process (9:53)

Having a great balance (16:05)

Social interaction and working at a company (18:34)

Doing more that energizes you (25:14)

You need to figure out what works for you (28:21)




Intro Music:
"Himalayas" by Mona Wonderlick —
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