I love goals. I love the sense of accomplishment I get when I complete them. I love working hard. I love pushing through trials and coming out the other side victorious.
But here’s the thing: when I am exhausted, my creativity quits. I can’t write, I can’t talk on social media, seriously—I can’t talk face to face with someone when I’m that tired, let alone across a computer. Not what you really need when you want to be connecting with people, making friends, building a tribe, right?
There was a period last month where I was working a lot and I struggled with how to get quality work done and not totally wipe myself out. I still can’t say I’ve completely found the balance, but here are some of the things I found worked for me:
-Set itty bitty goals and then reward yourself with little things (short naps or beverage of choice).
-Take power naps.
-Know when it is wise to push through but also know when to optimize your rest.
-Count the minutes. Be very deliberate about your time and work when you have energy. Rest when you don’t.
-Learn the difference between exhaustion and just feeling lazy.
-And lastly, don’t overthink it. Go with your gut. A little time wasted in resting too much or working too hard won’t kill you.
So tell me, what have you found that helps you balance work and rest?