Life gets busy. It can surely get overwhelming. You may find yourself being pulled this way and that way. You may have a mile long to do list yet you don’t know where to start. Sometimes, that’s just how life is. You’re so busy that you find yourself working around the clock to get things done. With all that hard work, it still feels like you’re behind. You’re still playing catch up. It’s never ending. Say hello to burning yourself out.
Take a Breather
Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a step back and taking a deep breath. Don’t allow yourself to get worked up, especially over things you can’t control. If you have a deadline, do your best to execute it. All the other deadlines that you have that week do not matter. Well, of course they do, but it’s about prioritizing. Inhale, exhale, strategize, and reboot!
Once you take that deep breath, it’s time to put in the work to get back on track. I may be a little biased with telling people to get organized because it’s what I do. Write down what it is that you need to get done. Although I’m a huge advocate for traditional planners (yes pen and paper), you really just need to brain dump. Get everything that is in your head, out. Put it in the notes section of your phone or write it down in your favorite notebook or a blank piece of paper. From there you can assess what takes priority. Highlight it. From the list you highlighted, rank what needs to get done. Once you have a sense of what needs to get done you an plan accordingly to get it done.
Make Time for Yourself
Personal care is essential. You should do something for yourself every single day. Seriously! As a woman, especially, we can get so wrapped up in doing things for others that we forget about ourselves. Your one moment in time (as cliché as that sounds) could be watching your favorite show. Personally, I’m into Legends of Tomorrow at the moment. It could be working out. You may enjoy a night of pampering with a glass of wine and a movie. Maybe it’s being curled up on your couch with a book. Whatever that “thing” is that you enjoy and relaxes you, make it a part of your day. YOU deserve “ME TIME!”
Yes, it’s okay to say no. In certain situations you have to delegate. Of course you may be particular and want things done your way, but you cannot do everything. It’s not practical. It’s not realistic. Sometimes we say yes to not disappoint other people. Sometimes we say yes because we don’t want people to get upset with us. The quickest way to burn yourself out is to take on what other people are capable of doing. Do what you can do. Do not take on more that you can. You’re burning yourself out trying to reach the unattainable with everything being piled up. If you can help someone with something minor, great. Try to stop yourself from taking on tasks that distract you away from what you need to get done.
With my wonderful new position I have found myself working like crazy to get things one. I could not be happier in my position, but I really have to take time for myself. Work stays at work because once you start bringing it home, you won’t stop. I’ve had to take a step back and realize that off the clock is just that. That separation is necessary for my sanity and to keep myself balanced.