I should be use to it by now. The last minute projects and unreasonable deadlines. But I’m not.
I’m getting better at caring less, which is nice. But unfortunately, I still have my moments of feeling overwhelmed.
You know when you try to power up too many things in your house and the circuit breaker trips? That’s essentially the same thing that happens to us when we’ve got too much on our plate. Tasks start to seem impossible, we feel swamped, we stress out and we snap.
The only difference is as human beings we can’t just flip a switch to bring the power back. Our minds are more like fuses, they pop and we have to start fresh.
We need time to recover. The problem is that most of us don’t give ourselves a moment to rest. Even when we “rest” we’re occupied by technology or entertainment. We keep pushing ourselves, forcing things and staying busy until our lives start to feel like quicksand. Everything we encounter makes us feel like we’re sinking deeper into an abyss of to-do lists.
We have to come to terms with the fact that we have a limited amount of energy, mentally and physically. Using that energy wisely and sparingly is the key to preventing burn out.
Everything can’t be done at once and I don’t think many of us need to be told that. We already know it. And I don’t think we need advice on how to get things done or where to turn next. I think we struggle because we refuse to stop. We’re programmed to go, go, go like machines.
We’re all capable of knowing and understanding what our next best move is, we just have to get out of our own way. There’s this silent intuition that’s in all of us. It’s nearly impossible to hear when we’re constantly hustling and juggling.
We’ve got to settle down a bit. Why do we want to get so much done anyway? Where are we going? What are we trying to accomplish. Riddle me that.
I’m supervising two interns and I’ve been blowing fuses for the past month. But on the days that I can remember to stop, care less and cut myself some slack, my days are a lot lighter. I might fail at maintaining my image of the superhero, but at the end of the day I go home with a smile because I know that at least I still have enough energy to play with the dogs and laugh with my lady.
Plus, I usually slack off on Fridays, so there’s always that to look forward to.
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