By SARAH TAN
Albert Einstein once said the only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. This serves as a good reminder that everything is not meant to occur in one go, but in moderation.
As important as it is to view time as something precious, getting ahead of it may be overwhelming. Thus, the team at Leaderonomics thought we would step in and suggest how you might re-energise yourself and avoid burning out.
Here are three essential parts of your life to refuel:
Are you taking care of your physical health? Amid the heap of work piled up on our tables, we tend to forget to feed our bodies proper nutrition or sleep.
Remember to eat a healthy diet, exercise and get at least seven hours of sleep a night. If you do not get enough sleep on a regular basis, taking power naps are proven to be a helpful boost to your health, energy and alertness.
Over-committing is a commonly made mistake that we fall into. Avoid biting off more than you can chew. This ensures a better focus on the tasks at hand, allowing you to carry them out effectively.
We have all heard of the term, “a lot on my plate” before. All of us have differently-sized plates – know your plate size and learn to say ‘no’ before too many responsibilities pile up.
When doing the work you have already committed to, remember to take breaks. Taking short breaks regularly in between work has been proven to improve productivity. Know your limits and don’t allow yourself to go crazy!
In the midst of all our work, emotions may be neglected. Working in a high stress environment? Take at least a day off every week to spend time with family and friends. Don’t turn weekends into weekdays.
Working with difficult people? We may try to avoid dealing with negative people as it can be a waste of time and emotions, when in reality, it feeds our stress. Speak to someone you respect about what you are going through, and make sure your feelings are prioritised as well.
If you have noticed, the common factor that causes us to ignore our mental, emotional and physical health is being too busy. While it is great to desire to do your work with a spirit of excellence, we will not be able to do well if we neglect taking care of ourselves.
Bearing that in mind, here’s to practising a moderate and balanced life for the second half of the year!