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October 26, 2020
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Taking A Day Off in These Blurry Times

Sun in the woods

On a hike in Roche-A-Cri State Park in Wisconsin. Mark Riechers (TTBOOK)

When was the last time you took a day off? Like, really off – no work, no powering through the to do list. You might sleep in, hike to a new place, read a book, not check your email — you remember the idea?

Since the pandemic started, I can’t really remember many days like this. Even weekends. But the days are blurring. The concepts of "day" or "week" or "month" almost seem like constructs of a different universe. The kids are in school at home; I’m set up in a nearby room with radio equipment and a beagle. There are definite moments of joy – walks and outside yoga with friends, cooking with my family. I’m grateful for what I have and feel whiny about complaining when others are struggling much more. But I’m almost never resting and I’m on a screen constantly.

We have more time without commutes, more flexible days — so why are we so tired?

We ask these questions in this week’s show, “Everything is Exhausting." Part of it, surely, is the unquantifiable tiredness from worrying about coronavirus, and all the constants in our lives it has upended. Even if we aren’t sick with it, it’s giving many of us a dose of lingering melancholy.

There’s a lot we can’t control right now. But if you’re on the path to burnout, you can make one small change. Let’s take a day off. Let me know how it goes.

–Shannon

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How To Make Elections Fun Again

Fun outside on election day
Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, tells us why citizens are more powerful than they think and how he's trying to reinvigorate the culture of voting — by making it more fun.
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Setting Too High A Bar For Success Is Running Us Ragged

WORKER HARDER
In one recent study, 50 percent of people surveyed said they often or always feel exhausted from work. Emma Seppala says that it’s because collectively, we’re falling for outdated ideas about success.
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To Waste Time Is To Deepen Life

Picking up leaves on a leisurely hike.
Our lives have never been more optimized to save us time. But is it all time well spent? Maybe it’s time to embrace inefficiency, argues typewriter collector and philosopher Richard Polt.
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