Simplifying your schedule and the busyness of the day may be crucial to avoid burnout.
Many of us have a list of never-ending commitments. Yet few of us can be healthy or happy without regular periods of downtime. While there is nothing wrong with being busy, those of us who over-commit or over-extended ourselves potentially face exhaustion and burnout. When you feel overwhelmed by your commitments, examine your motivation for taking on so many obligations so you can understand why you feel compelled to do so much. You may discover that you are being driven by a fear that no one else will do the job or guilt that you aren’t doing enough.
To regain your equilibrium and clear the clutter from your calendar, simplify your life by establishing limits regarding what you will and will not do based on your personal priorities.
Determining your priorities can be as simple as making two lists: one listing all activities essential to our life such as work, meditation, exercise and a second list that describes everything you do that is not directly related to your well-being.
And while some on the second list will excite you, you may discover that you are spending a sizable portion of your time on unnecessary tasks. The benefit will be a lighter schedule and you will feel more energetic and enthusiastic about life in general. To simplify your schedule:
- Eliminate items that add little value to your life
- Ask for help
- Say no firmly (and practice saying it graciously)
- Delegate responsibility to distance yourself from tasks that have become burdens
If this seems difficult and you still feel pressed to take on more obligations than you have time for, try imagining how each new commitment will impact your life before saying yes. When you consider the hassle associated with needless obligations you may be surprised to see that your schedule is impeding your attempts to grow as an individual. Your willingness to pare down on your agenda, no matter how gradual your progress, will empower you to retake active control and is one tool for self-care.