Have you ever heard of burnout? It’s a term used to describe a mental state, similar to depression, which comes from excess stress over a long period of time. It can lead to decreased motivation at your job, more apathy and neglect in your personal relationships, and even more illness due to a decreased immune system.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it is time to take a closer look at what you do each day. Filling your schedule extremely full doesn’t let you live more – it can actually lead to burnout and make your life less satisfying.
So how do you clear the clutter from your schedule? The first step is to get it written down. Write down all of your daily tasks, appointments, conference calls, etc. for the coming week. (If you don’t have a planner, we have great April and July start date designs.)
Then, as you go through the week, take some time to see how much your actual behavior matches your schedule. Periodically write down what you’ve actually done right next to your planned activity. At the end of the week, you’ll have a real record of how you spend your time to analyze.
In today’s world, it’s incredibly easy to get distracted, whether you’re working on an onerous project at work or managing daily household chores and home projects. If your analysis shows that you spend a lot of your time pursuing distractions, try cutting a few of them out of the picture. You might be surprised how much a little increased presence can help you enjoy your life and ease your burnout!