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Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP, is a resilience and burnout prevention expert, an internationally-published writer, and a recovering lawyer who works with companies and the busy professionals in them to reduce and prevent burnout, build more resilience to stress, and create healthier workplaces. Her articles on stress, burnout prevention, and resilience are prominently featured on her blogs in US News & World Report, The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and on Dr. Oz’s website, Sharecare.

She recently published her new e-book called "Addicted to Busy: Your Blueprint for Burnout Prevention." You can get a free copy at her website, which is www.pauladavislaack.com and you can email her at paula@pauladavislaack.com.

Entries by Paula Davis-Laack

Lessons from Amazon about the Importance of Thriving at Work

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:16 PM

I read the New York Times article about Amazon's culture not long after it was published. My friend posted it on his Facebook page with the phrase, "Wow -- not quite sure what to make of all this." It piqued my curiosity because as a stress and resilience expert, I'm...

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5 Strategies to Help You Sleep Your Way to Success

(2) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 8:17 AM

There is a busyness epidemic happening around the world today. My husband and I went out for breakfast recently, and I was so disappointed to observe this beautiful family of four sitting in their seats in silence, each attached to some type of electronic gadget. You can go anywhere today...

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Dix choses que les gens heureux font différemment des autres

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 2:27 PM

"Le bonheur est d'avoir dans une autre ville une grande famille soudée et attentionnée" -George Burns

Jusqu'à quel point êtes-vous heureux et pourquoi ? C'est une question à laquelle j'ai consacré pas mal de temps, non seulement parce qu'elle concerne ma propre évaluation du bonheur, mais aussi ma famille, mes...

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5 Habits of People Who Love Their Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 10:28 AM

Do you love your job? Do you pop out of bed on Monday, ready to tackle the week, or is your "pop" more like a slow drop and roll? Given the latest Gallup State of the American Workplace Report findings showing that almost 70% of workers are disengaged...

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5 Styles of Perfectionism: Which One Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 11:03 AM

Psychologists define perfectionism as "a multidimensional personality trait characterized by striving for flawlessness and setting exceedingly high standards of performance accompanied by overly critical evaluations of your own or other peoples' behavior."

I'm fascinated by this topic for a number of reasons, most of all because I consider...

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4 Ways to Ease the Guilt and Pressure When You're Crazy Busy

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 10:53 AM

Keeping busy at all costs is the cultural status quo, but the drive to do more is impacting our families, our work and our health. The result of being addicted to busy is not only a lack of time, but also exhaustion, anxiety, guilt, fear, social comparison, inauthenticity and physical...

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10 Stress-Relief Strategies When You Have Five Minutes or Less

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 4:04 PM

I was inspired to write this blog post when my friend sent me an article from KevinMD.com called "Confessions of a Burnt-Out Physician." Having experienced burnout myself, I'm keenly aware of the toll burnout takes on people who are trying to do good work in the world.

Her...

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Ready to Make a Change? 5 Signs It's Time to Move On

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 7:42 PM

As you may have heard, Jon Stewart announced that he is leaving The Daily Show, a popular program that he has helmed since 1999. While your work might not have the visibility of a national media program, I would bet that many of you have contemplated leaving a job or...

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Making Stress Your Friend: It's All in Your Mindset

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 12:12 PM

"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." -- William James

I first began to re-think the way I think about stress when I saw Dr. Kelly McGonigal's wonderful TED talk on the topic. As a stress management and burnout prevention coach,...

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15 Things to Let Go of in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:27 PM

With the new year upon us, many people are in the throes of their resolutions. Resolutions feel like such a burden to me, so instead, I switch it up and think about what I need to stop tolerating. Letting go of unwanted things in my life makes me feel lighter,...

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People Leave Bad Bosses, Not Companies: Here's Why

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 1:51 PM

I was fortunate to grow up working for one of the best leaders I've had the privilege of following - my dad. He ran a plastic injection molding company for 15 years, growing it from a two-machine operation that started in an old barn to a three-shift, 24/7 operation with...

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7 Things Resilient Employees Do Differently

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 7:20 AM

The path to professional success isn't what it used to be. Back in the day, a company hired you and you stayed put. Today, very few employees enjoy such a static and linear career path. I worked for two law firms and as in-house counsel for a company before starting...

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Why More Women Are Burning Out in Their 20s and 30s

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:40 PM

"Everyone's driven. But everyone's also sick of it," according to Nicolet High School senior, Sammi Castle, whose story recently appeared in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article called, "Achievers' syndrome." Three back-to-back teen suicides in 2013 prompted a group of parents in the North Shore area of Milwaukee to start looking...

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Tapped Out Teens: 4 Stress Relief Strategies That Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:55 AM

The new school year is underway, and it's important to make sure your teen is handling stress in a healthy way. An American Psychological Association Stress survey, published earlier this year, focused specifically on the stress levels of teens. The survey shows that teens report experiences with stress...

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Grit: Your Secret Success Strategy

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Tell me about a long-term goal you're currently working on. Maybe you've started a business and you're in the process of growing it. Maybe you want to lose 20 pounds. Maybe you're climbing the corporate ladder. Maybe you want to keep your relationship strong for years to come. Succeeding at...

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7 Things Drill Sergeants Taught Me About Life

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Four years ago, I began a professional journey that profoundly changed me. Having burned out after spending seven years as a commercial real estate lawyer, I decided to change careers and study stress, burnout and how people can build their own resilience reserves. I never in a million years thought...

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Dix choses que les gens heureux font différemment des autres

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 2:57 PM

"Le bonheur est d'avoir dans une autre ville une grande famille soudée et attentionnée" -George Burns

Jusqu'à quel point êtes-vous heureux et pourquoi ? C'est une question à laquelle j'ai consacré pas mal de temps, non seulement parce qu'elle concerne ma propre évaluation du bonheur, mais aussi ma famille, mes...

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3 Big Perfectionism Struggles for Women

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 5:32 PM

I had a great conversation recently with a coaching client of mine about perfectionism. We are both recovering perfectionists and enjoyed tossing around old "war" stories about the problems perfectionism has created in our lives.

Many of the women I coach will at some point or another face the...

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11 Traits That Block Success for High-Achievers

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:18 PM

For as long as I can remember, I have been driven and achievement-oriented. It started when I was six, playing tee-ball for the first time. I got a double (whatever that means when you're six and playing tee-ball), but then Jamie Ditzenberger hit a home run (even for a six...

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Addicted to Busy

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 8:11 AM

I recently had lunch with a group of friends and work colleagues. Before our server even approached our table to take our drink order, one of my friends said, "I am soooo stressed out." When we asked her why, she told us about a sticky work conversation she was going...

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