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How to Stop Work From Taking Over Your Life

by | Mon, Dec 16 2019

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Man working in office late at night

Checking email at all hours. Catching up on work every weekend. Feeling like you should be doing something productive when you rest.

If you’ve ever been caught in the modern malady of overwork and hyper-productivity, you’re not alone. And this conversation is for you.

The Inner Drive to Overwork

Tapestry is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s weekly radio program on spirituality and the search for meaning. After writing about my own wrestle with overwork for The Times, I was invited on to the show to explore the topic further. Host Mary Hynes is a warm, wise, and brilliant conversation partner who gets you sharing more than you thought you had to share. In the following interview we discuss:

  • Why society has come to idolise work (hint: it’s not about money)
  • How I realised work was playing too big a part in my life (ouch)
  • The problem with defining ourselves primarily by our jobs
  • Why rest doesn’t need to be justified
  • Why playfulness is next to godliness
  • How to incorporate ‘sacred inefficiencies’ into your day
  • The simple daily practice that helps me break the hyper-productivity cycle

A Moment’s Pause

love exploring Christian ideas on secular shows like this. Take a moment to pause and listen to the conversation below. If you have any problems playing it head to the Tapestry page direct.

Take A Moment To Reflect

Have you wrestled with overwork? What’s helped you break the cycle?

Photo credit:

Sheridan Voysey

About the Author: Sheridan Voysey

Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. His books include Resilient, Resurrection Year, and Unseen Footprints.

Get his FREE eBook Five Practices for a Resilient Life here.