WE PUT in too many hours; we don't take vacation; we can't say no to that 6 a.m. conference call. Underneath it all is something bigger: an emotional attachment to our jobs that exhausts us and squeezes out the other parts of our identities. For years, we were told to find meaning and purpose at work, while other parts of modern life, like church, receded. Then came the pandemic.
Boundaries gone, meetings multiplying, many say work has taken over their lives during the pandemic. Can we learn to care less? (Ideally, without having a brush with death?) What happens if we let go, just a little? Here's how to gain perspective and take back control.