We all have the habit of doing just a little too much. We say "yes" to everything and soon enough even the smallest of to-do items become stressful.
How can we continue to stay busy without burning out? Something we recommend is scheduling in time to recharge. For us, the mountains and music festivals are our happy places. But, with the mountains more than three hours away and music festivals only happening in the summer time, we needed to find other ways to recharge on a daily basis.
Here are a few recommendations we have for recharging during the week:
1. Schedule "Me Time"
If you are a busy person, you probably have a daytime for all of your meetings and to-dos. Or, maybe you use your Google calendar to fill up your days. Regardless of how you plan, WRITE DOWN an hour of "me time" every day. Treat this time like an important meeting that you can't miss. Regardless of how busy you are, show up for your "me time." Read a book, lay on the ground listening to music, or meet an friend for coffee. This is your hour.
2. Don't Take On Too Much
This sounds much easier than it is. A lot of people have an issue with the word "no." No, I can't take on this job because it's too much work/I don't have the time.... is not as easy as it sounds. Try your hardest not to take on too much. Before immediately saying yes to a new project, evaluate how many hours it will take you and see how many hours you have to give.
3. Remember Why You Do What You Do
It can be challenging to recharge when you're stressed out about work. For people who work for themselves and never truly leave the "office," this can be especially hard. You have to allow yourself to recharge. Do your best to remind yourself why you do what you do at work and why you love it so much. If you don't take the time to recharge, you'll struggle to give all you can give when you get back to work.
How often do you recharge during the week and what strategies do you use?