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A new report has found Aussie IT workers aren’t managing their work/life balance as well as their US counterparts. More than half of IT professionals surveyed experience sleep and/or other personal life interruptions due to a digital service disruption or an outage more than 10 times a week.

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"Women almost never become art monsters because art monsters only concern themselves with art, never mundane things," writes Jenny Offill in her novel Dept of Speculation. "Nabokov didn't even fold his own umbrella. Vera licked his stamps for him." Women, instead, are forced to "balance" work and life.

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Looking longingly toward Nordic cultures for solutions to our problems is practically a cottage industry at this point. Between Scando design principles (more light, less stuff); sustainability initiatives (The Netherlands have figured out how to feed us all); education (Norwegian forest schools, anyone?); and health (Finland invests in public saunas), there's plenty to love. (And if you are a taller, more full-figured lady like me, I implore you to check out Swedish fashion; comfy, colourful, and proportionally smarter than American brands by a mile.)

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A few weeks ago I ended up going camping in rural Idaho for a few days. Purely by accident, the trip ended up being the first time I've truly disconnected for any significant period of time from the internet in probably 10 years.

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Fatigue is usually a problem we associate with jobs like truck driving or nursing, where physical demands and 24-hour rosters must be tightly monitored. In the corporate world, fatigue gets swept under the rug; it’s just part of the game.

But left unaddressed over a prolonged period, and combined with other stress factors, this can lead to burnout - a more serious problem that can cause long term psychological damage. Here are five warning signs that employers and workers need to watch out for - and how to fix existing problems.

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Every week it seems like there's a new piece of advice for would-be entrepreneurs from the ones who've already made their mark on the world. Tim Cook starts sending emails at 4:30 in the morning. Steve Jobs once ate nothing but carrots. Donald Trump supposedly sleeps only four hours a night. Most recently, serial odd-advice-giver Gary Vaynerchuck has told Business Insider that he doesn't eat in the daytime. But do you really need these weird habits to be an entrepreneur?

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It might not come as any surprise to anyone with their email account connected to a smartphone, but Australians are finding it increasingly hard to switch off after work. While the problem has increased across all states and genders, there are some fields of work that are more susceptible.

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French workers now have the "right to disconnect", or more appropriately, a new law instructs companies to ask workers on how they can -- if at all -- be contacted outside of the office or during non-work hours. Would you want that right for yourself?

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Sometimes, a requested work task isn't worth fulfilling. It could be a pointless waste of time, another department's responsibility or simply "one thing too many" when you're already overworked.

Unfortunately, refusing a directive from your colleague or manager is easier said than done; especially if you're shy or hate to rock the boat. This infographic outlines five ways to avoid extra tasks without feeling guilty.

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Too much to do, not enough time. This is a perpetual problem for a lot of people, but it seems to be especially pronounced during the holidays. With holiday events, shopping, travel, family visiting... things tend to pile on top of our already busy lives.

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I'm so thankful that I can do my nomad thing in an era where now-indispensable travel resources like Google Maps, TripAdvisor, Wi-Fi and Airbnb exist. They make what I do entirely possible. With Airbnb, I can bounce around and set up a new home base in different countries with a few clicks of a button, and I don't have to pay out the wazoo for a hotel room. Without a doubt, Airbnb has been one juicy, giant cherry on top of my sweet travels.

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Everyone talks about getting a better work life balance, but have you noticed that it's rarely in a good context? We all complain about needing a better work life balance. We envy those who seem to have the whole work life and wellbeing balance nailed. And we find it darkly funny that the concept of a work life balance even exists when we have 34578486 things to do before 5pm and no bandwidth to even begin them.

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I don't need to remind you of everything tumultuous that's happening in the world. When the weight of what you've seen and heard threatens to tear your heart in two, how can you possibly muster the enthusiasm for your 10am meeting or be expected to wrap your head around finishing that report by the end of the day? Here are three thoughts to help you cope.

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One way to think about work-life balance issues is with a concept known as The Four Burners Theory. Here's how it was first explained to me: Imagine that your life is represented by a stove with four burners on it. Each burner symbolises one major quadrant of your life.