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Ep #34: Emily Burley – President of Executive Leadership Support (ELS)

Emily Burley is President of Executive Leadership Support (ELS), headquartered in Chicago, IL. ELS puts on amazing events for assistants, and I’m excited to share this episode with you. Emily talks about why she started ELS and gives us an inside look at the many ways they help assistants around the world. She also shares practical tips on how to ask for professional development [...]

2019-11-05T16:29:55-06:00November 10, 2019|Avoiding Burnout, Podcast|

Ep #27: Urgent is Rarely Urgent

Calling something an “emergency” doesn’t make it a true emergency. Most things can wait. Urgent is rarely urgent. Think about the last time you received a text or phone call from your executive during your off hours. Could it have waited until you were back online to address? Most likely, the answer is yes. This episode is a reminder that urgent is rarely urgent. [...]

2019-09-18T20:58:54-05:00September 22, 2019|Avoiding Burnout, Podcast|

Ep #10: How to Avoid Burnout

How do you burnout-proof your life? In this episode, I continue the burnout theme from episode 9, and share 3 practical ways to avoid burnout. Note: I burned out at my last job and it was because I failed to apply these practices. Don't make the same mistake I did! LINKS IN EPISODE Read 10 Driving Forces Behind Burnout for more on what's behind [...]

2019-06-23T16:53:55-05:00May 12, 2019|Avoiding Burnout, Podcast|

Ep #7: Take a Vacation!

Taking time off is seen as lazy and many people don't use their allotted paid vacation time. Can we stop pretending the world revolves around us? Let's stop making excuses and use all of our paid time off. Don’t wait till you retire to take a vacation! Here's my article to executives urging them to leave their assistants alone during off ours and vacations. [...]

2019-06-23T16:52:05-05:00April 21, 2019|Avoiding Burnout, Podcast|

How to Recognize and Avoid Burnout

Something doesn’t feel right, but you’re too busy to figure out what it is. You’re stressed and exhausted, but everyone else is too, so you suck it up and push through. “Just keep grinding, no one cares how healthy I am. They just want me to produce,” you convince yourself. Those closest to you may spot it first, but they don’t always have the [...]

2018-12-26T16:55:46-06:00December 26, 2018|Avoiding Burnout|

A Great Way to Avoid Burnout – Find a Hobby

Did you spend time on your favorite hobby over the weekend? Do you even have a hobby? I pretty much gave up on having hobbies for 6+ years. I was too focused on my role at my last company that I didn't prioritize taking time to enjoy life, so unfortunately, I burned out. There's no reason for you to make the same mistake I [...]

2018-09-04T23:54:07-05:00September 4, 2018|Avoiding Burnout|

Use Your Paid Time Off (All of It)

As I prepared for my family vacation this summer, I thought about how Americans are terrible at taking vacations. If you didn't know, check this out. In fact, I recently heard someone say, "I get 4 weeks of paid time off each year, but I only use 3 or 4 days." Sound crazy?  Well, I used to operate this way. Source: Over [...]

2017-08-16T04:39:01-05:00August 16, 2017|Avoiding Burnout|

How to Rest Well During the Holidays

It’s been a long, crazy, up and down year. You're running on fumes, but you tell yourself to “Finish strong” because you have too much work to do. Instead of looking forward to some time off, you’re dreaming about how much you could get done with a few days of uninterrupted time. You make all sorts of excuses about how far behind you are, [...]

2017-05-04T03:47:31-05:00December 7, 2016|Avoiding Burnout, Leadership|