It’s not full-blown burnout, it’s just micro-burnout.

how to spot it & what to do

Emily Steele


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At work, I sit down to reply to an email.

They are asking for my creative input.

“What do you think?” they say.
“Could you write something for this?” they say.

I squeeze out a few words.


Try again.



Still doesn’t sound right.

I go back to the email.

I type a few sentences.

It takes me 30 minutes.

And it feels like molasses.

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Later, I am looking at my to-do list.

I begin one task.

Open notebook, pen in hand.

An article is open on the screen in front of me.

I read a few sentences.

Wait what did I just read?

I re-read.



Emily Steele

lifter of heavy things: thoughts, words, weights, burdensome beliefs