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Stress Defined by Scott Adams

    Conservation of Stress

    Scott Adams the Dilbert artist has an interesting spin on stress and how it is balanced in many aspects of life.

    dilbert stressMy theory is that stress is a universal constant. If you have less of it at any given moment, then other people must be taking on more to balance things out. For example, let’s say you go on vacation. While you’re on the beach, your coworkers are trying to handle their own workload plus the projects you left behind. You haven’t reduced stress; you’ve simply transferred it to your coworkers. And if you work alone, as I do, you can front load your stress to get ahead of deadlines, but you can’t reduce the total amount.

    via-Scott Adams Blog