March 7, 2021

How to Reboot Your Burnt-Out Brain

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Look, last year wasn’t great. And just because it’s 2021 now, that doesn’t mean things are magically better. If you feel burned out, stressed, or just plain exhausted, you’re not alone. But there’s good news on the horizon. Vaccine rollouts may be slow, but they’re happening. Not long from now, life should return to some kind of normal, and we’ll be able to safely engage with the world again. The only trouble is lasting that long without completely losing it.

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED service editor Alan Henry joins us to talk about the ways we can manage our time and mental energy. Whether it’s for focusing at work or just finding ways to relax, we have some suggestions that can help keep you on track.

Show Notes

Get more great advice for improving your life at home with WIRED’s tips and how-tos. Read our roundup of the best note-taking apps. See our list of ways to relax and unwind during lockdown. Also see our home office gear guide and start working from home like a pro.

Recommendations

Alan recommends the YouTube series Taskmaster. Lauren recommends the documentary series The Last Dance on Netflix. Mike recommends the show Dark/Web, which is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Alan Henry can be found on Twitter @halophoenix. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar Keys.

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