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Practice Care When Considering How Generous You Are with Your Time

'Generosity burnout' is real and dangerous

One of the main challenges of generosity burnout is the assumption that “going the extra mile” is always a positive thing. It’s not!

If you’re an “extra miler” – someone who goes out of your way to help others and strives for excellence – you likely enjoy being the one who everyone relies on and whose extra input, dedication and contribution is valued. But problems can start to creep in when you are expected to do this.

These high expectations from colleagues, and even your manager, can soon lead to burnout and exhaustion – mental, physical and emotional. In fact, research warned that generous extra milers can fail if they become overwhelmed by requests and aren’t managed carefully.

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