Slow Down, Take Care of Yourself

One of my work mantras is: If there is no you, then your work cannot be done. For some, this is common sense. But for many of us, me included... it's hard to remember that you are the best asset you can give a company. Sometimes, especially these days, we forget this idea and work longer hours and harder to get what we need to get done.

Companies hire us to do the best job we can. They give us shiny computers, small domiciles (cubes) to adorn with Corporate Zombies and rubber ducks, and a whole host of fun and exciting challenges. We set about working on these tasks. And sometimes we get lost in our work and loose track of time. However, working hard is much different than making overtime a standard.

Overworking makes you sick. It reduces your ability to think, brainstorm and perform at that best you can be. So what does this have to do with paper, productivity and passion? They're three aspects to taking better care of yourself so that you don't get trapped at work.

Use your downtime to write out journal entries. Get what's bugging you out of your head and down on the page where it belongs. Writing helps you forgive and forget, it makes room in your head for new ideas and connections. And at work, these ideas may lead you to some good project time. Just make sure that your company doesn't get ahold of the things you write about them, if you do decide to write about your work related issues. Playing with paper and journalling or doodling also gives you play time and helps you to de-stress and focus more time on what you want out of your life.

Think of productivity as your internal barometer. The more work you do in a day, without breaks, the less you want to keep pushing at that pace. I know that the longer I spend at work, churning out page after page of documentation, the longer my mind wants to stare outside the window to look at the trees. Your productivity gains a major boost when you switch tasks. When you find your mind wandering or you feel like you're burning out, then it's time to give your mind a break. Sleep, power-naps or even daydreaming while walking outside help to boost your productivity.

Passion is loosely defined as an emotion you have for something you love. Sometimes when we work too long or focus solely on the working aspect of our lives, we forget the things we're passionate about. You are not the lump sum of your job. Take some time to reconnect to yourself and your hobbies. Write more, journal, play games, talk to your family and friends (or do whatever else makes you passionate and loving life). Learn what makes you passionate again with life. duties. Of course, sometimes we let the work carry us away and put more time into it than we think. Which is fine, until we find ourselves only thinking and doing activities that support the work goals even when we're supposed to be focused on other things. When you find yourself doing this, it might mean calling it an early day.

And of course, you combine all three when you plan a vacation. Keep a list of exciting places you want to visit. Write down all those great vacation ideas you come up with "for the next time you have a day off". And then plan to actually make time to visit or do those ideas. Get away from your house and go somewhere fun and exciting that gets you away from the computer and noise. Even if it's just a single day, spent at home pretending you're at hawaii by drinking something fruity and reading a good book.

Don't let your job control your life. Remember to take some time off and reconnect to what's important to you and your values. This goes for you manager types who put in long hours too. You need time off as much as the coworkers. This has been a friendly PSA from your friends at D*I*Y Planner. So what do you to to recharge your life? Feel free to leave comments on what you do to recharge your batteries.

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Amen! Rest is important... and so is passion

An excellent reminder.

The origin of the word passion was vitally connected to the concept of suffering (hence "the passion of Christ" is about his beatings and crucifixion)... during the middle ages and even into Shakepeare the concept of suffering love continued to be in deeply rooted in the word "passion" -- example Shakespeares sad poem "the passionate pilgrim". Then the word began to mean a love willing to suffer, then just being excited about something. PASSION is still an important concept... to me passion means that which I am willing to sacrifice other things for, and long ago I decided I would not sacrifice my family, especially my Beloved, for my job.

REST is so important that God gave a command about it (the fourth, mandating the sabbath which merely means "rest"). It was a day to do nothing (as my philosopher friend Christopher Robin would say to Pooh [House on Pooh Corner; chapter 10). Sabbath gives us space -- and time -- to relax and reflect, it restores a sense of purpose and perspective. Too often we clutter it up with all sorts of activities and return to work on Monday needing a break.

Thanks for the reminder to de-clutter our life, take time off, reconnect with what is important.

The Passionate Pilgrim
-- Excellence through Simplicity


That is what I say to all my friends and colleagues who are going through mourning, death or severe sickness in the family, or a continuing bad situation in which they are the primary leader/caretaker/manager. In such horrible times, it is too easy to just ride the wave and try to keep everything and everyone afloat, and forgetting oneself in then process.

When there's nothing to do, do nothing

I used to repeat this mantra endlessly to my staff (I no longer have any). It has a double meanings: first, if you're fortunate enough to have downtime, don't fill it up with makework. Relax and allow the ideas to come to you.

Secondly, and more importantly, if you're in a situation that seems hopeless, don't rush around like a chicken with its head cut off. The noise you create broadcasting panic signals will prevent you hearing the messages of assistance the universe is urgently trying to send to you.

Relax, and switch yourself to "receive". If there, really, really isn't enough time to do everything, then it can't matter much if you take a walk around the block, will it? And by the time you get back, things may--will--look very different.

Too often we fill our down

Too often we fill our down time with things to do to make us look busy and productive, when in fact we have earned a little time to relax and savor our accomplishments.

I found that when I did this, I could not remember my accomplishments, big or small, in my day or in that particular job. Maybe because I never had time to anchor those memories.....

So take the time to relax and recharge.

Working on the cure for CRS, one planner at a time.