Some days (especially these days) it can feel like Life is out to get you. It throws SO many things at you, that you feel like you spend all your time ducking, dodging, and diving to try and keep your balance.
Here are a few ideas to help you keep your balance, remain upright, and moving forward
Peaks and Valleys
Some people are early birds and others are night owls. Both have the advantages and disadvantages. The worst thing a night owl can do is try to work the early bird’s hours. You’ll be miserable. If you know that you are at your best in meetings after 10am, then for goodness sake don’t schedule any important meetings before 10am!
Use Technology (don’t let it use you)
Mobile phones and all those apps can be a blessing or a curse. I love using my calendar and task apps to stay on schedule and keep my projects on track — but if you let yourself get sucked down a social media rabbit hole you are letting technology use you.
Learn to say No
Believe it or not, you do not have to take on every single project that comes your way. If you’re already booked up and it will stress yo out to take on another project — say no thank you and refer them to someone else. If you’re not excited by the project you’ve been asked to create a proposal for — say no thank you and refer the business to someone who enjoys that type of work. The more you say “no” to projects, the easier it will become (and the less stress you’ll feel).
Recharge Your Batteries
Yes, work is important. Nothing good comes without honest effort being invested in the goal. However, you also need downtime in order to rest and recharge your batteries. When you put fresh batteries in a flashlight it operates at peak performance and shines bright. As the batteries wear down, the light becomes dimmer. It still shines a bit, but not as well as it did before. Shine at your brightest. Recharge your batteries.