You might be a working professional, managing chronic health issues (a full-time job), or trying to balance a slew of other demands life brings. How do you avoid the dreaded burnout? Burnout looks like accentuated health problems, emotional fatigue, and an overall sense of depletion.
One way to avoid burnout is to take a look at how you schedule your time. Do you over book yourself? Do you say “yes” to too many things? Do you disregard the need for downtime?
Think of yourself as your own secretary. If you hired a secretary that created your schedule as it is now, would you give them a bonus or fire them? If you have a secretary that is setting you down a path to burnout, fire them.
Sometimes we are hesitant to say “no” to an opportunity or schedule in rest time because we think that equates to a step back from “success”. You need to have stamina to fulfill your dreams, right? If you can be selective about where you put your energy, a focused spotlight will shine on what is most important to you, and lead you to your goals.
Find a way to schedule your time and energy that allows you to work smart, not hard.
As always, life is an experiment. It might take a few tries until you find out what guidelines your secretary (you) uses to make the most of your time, without prompting burnout.
You’ve got this!