I structured my day a little differently today.
I designed my best day and acted accordingly.
A little bit of background on why I did this.
Preventing burnout is an ongoing exercise for me.
I hope it is for you, too, because you do not really “land” in the No Burnout Zone.
One of the main ingredients for burnout is a personality that cares. Cares too much, at times.
This is matched by a drive that does not switch off.
Today, my journalling started with the words: “I care, which quickly translates to responsibility.”
I care about a lot of things. Mainly, things that impact people.
Thing is, so many things impact people.
Soon, without realising it, I have absorbed a range of issues and ideas which I assume are my responsibility to work on.
As you grow as a person, as you encounter more things in your life, your view changes of what you “need” to do for yourself.
So, in my journalling today, I shifted to ask myself: How could I anchor my day today to be the best day of not being responsible, just being present and purposeful?
That’s what I did. It went like this, some areas for the day with these key anchors:
Reflect: My daily devotions.
Learn: Do a little bit of a small course I have signed up on the “entrepreneurial process”.
Create: Catching up on some new music I have been listening to. It is creative because it involves instruments I don’t usually listen to.
Connect: Spending time with some friends (actually outside, we read and journaled and chatted).
Productive: Working on my Masters.
This did not include everything else that happened in my day, but it was a great way to just dream about the best day to have, and then have the small anchors and move through them.
You know what? It was a great day.
Perhaps you could try planning your day in similar way and see what a difference it might make.
Article supplied with thanks to Valerie Ling.
About the Author: Valerie Ling is a clinical psychologist and consultant with The Centre for Effective Living (a psychology and mental health practice) and The Centre for Effective Serving (a workplace wellbeing consultancy).