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As the SVP of Social Media at iCrossing from 2006 to 2010, Antony Mayfield fell into a vicious cycle of overwork that ended in burnout. Today, as CEO of a growing digital strategy agency, he is dedicated to building a culture of wellness with his colleagues through simple habits he shares here.

At first, I felt angry at my company for allowing me to work myself into such a state, but I came to realize that I had no one to blame but myself. Corporate cultures can obviously aggravate the risk of burnout, but it’s up to us to set our own boundaries as individuals.

According to Antony, wellbeing is all about breaking bad habits and building good ones based on a mantra: never accept default settings.

1- Plan shorter meetings
Microsoft Outlook defaults to 1-hour meetings. Switch to 25- or 45-minute meetings to save time.

2- Limit the time spent on social media
Sites like Facebook are optimized to absorb attention.

3- Turn off all of your notifications
And that includes email. Antony Mayfield checks his email just 2-3 times a day and tells everyone to send him a text if it’s urgent.

 

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Based on How to have a good day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life by Caroline Webb (Crown Business, February 2016) and an interview with Antony Mayfield, CEO and founding partner, Brilliant Noise (April 2016).