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So blessed to have a full life. The past 6 weeks, however, have taken their toll on the little time that I spend on myself, to get myself in order. While I have no regrets on things that I’ve taken on: taking Interpreting classes, taking care of my lil nieces on weekends, trying to make a lot happen with not enough staff, etc. I noticed that my attitude was not right: impatient, tired, irritable, tired, overworked, tired.
While I don’t want to stop doing what I do, I do know that I want to work smarter, not harder; to take time for myself as I strive to complete life goals; to admit when I’m tired/burnt out instead of acting like I should handle it all asi nada mas, to make my self-care a daily part of my life. As I work my way out of the quemada/burn-out zone, I decided that, no, I didn’t have to follow ALL of the tips I find on taking care of myself all at once, so I decided that I would try to handle ONE of them within the next month.
In no particular order, here are 3 self-care tips that I’d like to learn more about:
Don’t Give Up The Time You Set Aside
No matter what your profession, you should keep boundaries to preserve your work-life balance. Blocking time on your calendar to decompress is only half the battle: actually utilizing that time for personal care is the other. Hold yourself accountable to keeping the time you set aside for yourself. If you slip, then learn from the moment, reset and restart. – Tracy Avin, MBL Benefits Consulting >>It could be walking for 20 minutes a day to writing in my journal to drinking water, algo es algo.
Leverage Your Commute Time To Decompress
As much as we all want to carve out time for ourselves, the reality is we often get pulled in a different direction given the demands of our everyday lives. One thing I can always count on in my day is commute time. Instead of driving, I take the bus and use the time to relax by reading or listening to music. Our Microsoft CFO, Amy Hood, openly talks about how she takes the bus and does this, too. – Rakhi Voria, Microsoft >>One of the reasons I love taking the train so much, I don’t have to deal with the traffic mess — Iately, it’s been watching YouTube and taking naps LOL
Follow The Two-Minute Rule
David Allen’s bestselling book, Getting Things Done, explains the two-minute rule. It simply states that if a task takes less than two minutes, then do it straight away. This eliminates procrastination, which reduces stress and allows you to stay organized, which grants you time to decompress at the end of the day. Practicing this rule will surely provide you with personal balance. – Dane Matheson, Sourcebits >>This is one I will try ASAP, I want to see how much more I can get done in one day!
I guess I’m tired of being tired. Ready to learn how to make positive changes. It all starts with one step.