Time

Welcome back. This is the last letter in the word burnout and letter T stands for time. A final recap. On the definition of burnout in case you jumped ahead to the section first. burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress occurs when you feel completely overwhelmed with life emotionally and physically drained, and I am unable to meet the constant demands that you face in life. Time. We’re always chasing this thing. I always joke when I talk with people that I keep looking for that clock that has 25 hours, because we all could use an extra hour in our days but still haven’t found one because they don’t exist. The way that time was designed by our ancestors many, many moons ago was 24 hours. And we get the same amount every day and how we choose to use those hours has a huge impact on our stress levels and and why we burn out. How do you get stressed out? How does burnout happen? My career, my burnout that I’ve shared with you in earlier situations was working with a startup organization and had to do a lot of things to build an organization from the bottom up from hiring people, recruiting people, educating the community about why our business was so beneficial for the community. Lots of hours, lots of emails, and it took a toll because I wasn’t taking care of myself. I didn’t practice self care that I alluded to in earlier sections. And when you don’t do that, it takes a toll on you and the stress builds up Congratulations, you now burned out my email. I’d email from 6am to 11pm, seven days a week in that startup, because I was sending them and getting them. And that was a boundary that I should have established early on that I only send emails during the typical nine to five work day, and not at night and on weekends. If I would have followed that, it’s possible that I probably could have prevented my your worst case scenarios. On top of those emails, I was also working very long hours. No, that’s not a picture of me when I had here, but that was kind of how my hair was looking before I started shaving my head. But needless to say, that took a toll. It’s probably a big part of why I lost my hair was because of the stress that was going on in my life and, and the things that I was doing and the choices I was making, and not Taking care of myself first. Work stressed is a it’s a pain. It’s not fun. Yeah, we’ve all had those bosses that aren’t exactly the best to deal with, or co workers or clients, or vendors or who knows what, but we’ve all been on the other end of that phone. And hopefully, you’ve never been that person doing that to somebody else. If you are, potentially you’re burned out because that’s not normal. That’s not good behavior. So if you’re doing that in your life, that’s, that’s a big warning sign for you. We’ve shared this image a lot. But burnouts about stress and prolonged stress is not addressed, will lead to burnout. And if you’ve had stress over a period of time, and for each people, or each person it’s different for some people might take years. For other people could be weeks, or even days, depending on how significant stress. But when you have stress that’s coming at you from every direction, it’s really problematic for you. And for those that are in your life, you’re probably getting sick of seeing this image, but it’s your heart. You kinda need that. It’s pretty important. With that in the brain. You You need these two things to work in order for you to exist. So when you don’t take care of yourself, you could have a cardiac event. And you could have a cardiac event at an early age, we’re seeing people under age 40, having heart attacks, that’s unheard of. But the stress levels that so many people are facing right now, that’s creating these situations. And it’s unfortunate, and some are passing away and we don’t want that to happen. That’s a life lost because of stress. We we only have so many hours in a day. Get 24 hours. And to live most of those hours stressed, it’s no way to live. There’s a better way. So time when you’re stressed and you’re burned out, these are some common uses of your time. You always are on the run, you’re always bouncing from thing to thing to thing to thing, trying to accomplish everything. And it’s a lot like playing whack a mole. If you’ve ever played that game in the arcade, you keep hitting the moles and you might hit them but another one pops up. They’re like weeds. You think you’re getting rid of them, but there they are. And you’re always going and you don’t shut down. You don’t take time away from work to just be an even during the work day. So many people grind for the whole day. They don’t take time to just kind of sit back and reflect and see the impact of their work to get clarity on how to do their work better, maybe more efficiently. Maybe come up with a new design or a new offering. For a client that could be a game changer for your organization and your career, but if you’re constantly going, you’re going to miss those opportunities and you’re not going to see those opportunities as they come to light. We often don’t match our energy to our tasks. I tend to be a morning person. So I tend to load my day on loads. Not a good word for this, but I tend to schedule my mornings with tasks in the afternoons with more reflection time or follow up phone calls or conversations. Because I don’t use the the energy the same way in the afternoon. And for other people, the morning might be a completely write off situation for you might not be really good at working on things in the morning, but the afternoon and early evening might be your time to shine. So you need to figure out what time of day are you most productive and schedule things within reason in that time block too. do those things. And oftentimes I see people don’t have a theme to their days, if at all possible group like tasks to each day. For example, each work day, my name call my work days, Monday to Friday. Each of those days has a theme. On Mondays I do the certain type of work Tuesdays I do a certain type of work Wednesdays I do a certain type of work Thursdays, Fridays, the same thing. But I make sure that there’s elbow room throughout the day where I schedule breaks. And I treat those breaks as if they’re the most important meeting with the boss. Because the boss of your life is you. So schedule those breaks, take them don’t work at your desk during lunch, sit in your car, go sit in a different room. If you can get out of the office to go grab lunch, do it even if you bring your own lunch. Do it. You need a Break because otherwise you’re just constantly going. And make sure that you come to work prepared, leave work on time, and leave work at home. Do that and establish that boundary with your employer. We’ll talk about that later on, but have a theme for your days. And that way your brain doesn’t need to shift to try to do different things. So you’re working on spreadsheets in the morning, and you have to do presentations in the afternoon. Try to schedule it where you are doing like minded things each day. Instead of bouncing around because it wears you out you get tired if you have to do a hard shift and you’re using all aspects of your brain in one day. We’ll start a little bit you’ll find you’re more productive and a more alert when you when you do things that way. Last homework assignment for you all for now till the final video Do you feel that you never have enough time? You know, that’s that’s a question I want you to reflect on a bit. I’m sure you’re immediately writing down yes and your notebook. But think about that. And think about areas where you would like to have more time to do things and what are those things that you would like to do? It’s important and we’ll talk about that in the final lesson.