Back to back meetings, clearing through email and Slack messages, admin might feel like work, but isn’t really purposeful. It’s just busywork and it’s the junk food of work. Very few of us have a role or career aspiration that is “doing lots of email and meetings.” Those things are a means to an end, not an end in and of themselves. Doing too much of it leaves you feeling empty, just like junk food. And it’s equally as bad for your health. A sense of purposelessness, running on the hamster wheel and overwhelm lead to burnout.
I’ll be posting a few longer videos about this soon and they won’t be about adding to the cult of productivity: