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The Three Rs to Avoiding Burnout


A sentry of the Welsh Guards at Buckingham Palace

Change is inevitable….

Therefore, we need to live fluid lives. From time to time we need to step back, re-evaluate our priorities and goals, and then restructure as necessary.

We may find it necessary to shake things up and move them around.

We may need to breathe new life into the HOW behind reaching our goals.

We may need to discover if there is still reason behind our priorities. 

If your life gets as crazy as mine does, before you’re ready to re-evaluate or restructure, you’ll need to take time to…

…REJUVENATE

In order to rejuvenate, you’re going to need some down time. Presuming that there’s no way you can drop everything for a week of blissful nothingness, I would say you’re most likely going to have to choose something that you can afford to let go of temporarily. And, since you’re reading my blog, I’m going to guess you’re into social media, that most likely you are a writer. That being said, I have a question for you.

Have you ever thought of taking a sabbatical from social media?

Okay, I saw your head snap to attention at the suggestion. I can see the thoughts flashing across your forehead….

“A break from social media? Heresy! Writers need social media. Writers need to stay connected. Writers can’t take a sabbatical from social media!”

Why not? I didn’t suggest becoming fanatical and tossing out social media. I suggested taking a sabbatical from it. For how long? A few days? A few weeks? A month? That’s up to you. How much rejuvenating do you require? How out of balance has your life gotten?

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Overloaded? (Photo credit: Wikipedia ~ Public Domain)

Of course, maybe it’s not social media, but some other area of your life you need to temporarily disconnect from. Then do it. Take time to breathe. Give your mind a break. 

This is not the time for planning.

It is not the time to formulate strategies.

It is simply a time for rejuvenation.

Only after a time of rejuvenation are you ready to…

…RE-EVALUATE

Grab a paper and pen. Start writing. Start brain-storming.

Priorities:

Priorities can change with the season of our lives. When was the last time your priorities changed? What changes can be made in your life? Are the reasons behind your priorities still valid?

Goals: 

What goals are still valid? What goals are no longer valid? Do you have goals that can or should be postponed? Do you have new goals that have materialized but haven’t yet been worked into your life?

Non-essentials (Those things we do that are not essential to physical survival!): 

Of the non-essentials in your life, which ones would you not miss? Maybe it’s time spent watching TV, time spent reading magazines or the newspaper, a weekly game of golf, or something totally different.

Which ones add meaning to your life? We all have those “non-essentials to physical survival” in our lives that, nonetheless, feel essential to our mental and emotional survival. Can you list those ones?

What would you change if you could? … And can you change more than you’re ready to admit?

Brainstorm. Re-evaluate. Dream a bit!

Now that you’ve got these new and far out ideas on paper, get ready to…

…RESTRUCTURE

You may be clearing your plate of old debris.
You may be adding items that you realize are vital—and have been missing.
Or you may be restructuring the “how-to-do-it” behind your goals and priorities.

Balanced scale of Justice

Restructuring can involve new scheduling.
It can involve a re-balancing act.
It may involve all the old elements, but blended and/or prioritized in a new manner.

How this rejuvenating, re-evaluating and restructuring translates into action for each of us will vary. We’re all different. We each have our own unique set of dynamics in our lives. But taking the time to rejuvenate, re-evaluate and restructure is one of the essentials we all have in common. I’d love to hear how this works for you! Please feel free to comment!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosie Cochran

I am a pastor’s wife, former missionary, mother of four great sons, and author of three books: Betrayed, Identity Revealed, and A Murder Unseen. (Available at: Amazon.com.) I have a passion for God, my family, and writing! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. karenselliott
    May 1, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Completely turning off the social media is terrifying! I made the decision to cut back on online time. It’s working. I have re-evaluated a lot of relationships, and ducked out of the ones that were weighing me down (like the cart, above!). Whenever I feel frantic, I don’t work harder, I step away and rejuvenate. Good post, Rosie! Glad you are back!

    • May 1, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Thanks, Karen. It’s good to be back! If there had been something else to “give up” other than writing and social media in order to have some time to rejuvenate, I’d have probably have done it. The only other major area, other than work (an obvious essential!), would have been the two evenings spent keeping our twins noses to the grind to finish up high school by correspondence. I couldn’t really justify calling that a non-essential! 🙂

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