The Purposeful Distraction

Recovering from burnout, as if it's a mental injury.



Unsustainable productivity results in self-destruction.

Burnout can be externally imposed by the business of work and life without balance, but it can also be brought on by pursuing your interests too aggressively. When productivity becomes unhealthy, pushing you to new limits, rest is required.

Crutches prevent you from walking on a hurt leg and distractions prevent your mind from wandering back to obsessions that should be left alone, at least for a while.

Freedom from things, even things you love is a necessary part of recovery.



Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

                            Sorry for another Jordan B. Peterson video. 😂



Establish sustainable improvement.

You have three ways to expend energy; physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

When spent, each renews the others. Physical exercise boosts your energy and mood, making you a better person while sharpening your mind. Emotional labors fuel you with purpose and intellectual efforts bring meaning.

Operating at peak performance is a house of cards. And it’s when these three are out of balance that the walls crash down.

Build and maintain daily habits that leverage all three.

  • Work out and exercise, build an iron paradise to escape mental worries and labors.

  • Relearn to play, disconnect, and rest in the version of yourself your family most needs.

  • Build, make, or create something, have a creative outlet to ignite your curiosity, and allow yourself to follow your interests without the pressure of an outcome.

Until next time,

Josh Duffney