After long days spent indulging, partying or taking it easy with family and friends, how are you backing up?
I love that it's a shorter week and next weekend comes around much quicker but-
On the other hand?
There's the pressure to get stuff done in a shorter space of time...
Going "back to work" straight after a break like Easter can hit us like a bucket of icy water in the face!
It's one thing if you work for somebody else and have your tasks laid out for you. But if you're the captain of your own ship- right now it can feel like you have to take care of everything yourself.
So, this week I'm sharing 3 ways you can have a productive week minus the burn-out:
Fewer working days has (no doubt) left a larger pile of 'to do's than normal. Coming back to this pile after a longer break than usual can feel daunting. So...
Just pick the most important tasks. The ones that have an absolute 'must do' deadline. The ones that stand to make you money this week- and focus solely on them.
Leave the rest of them for next week. Your world won't stop turning because of it. Trust me.
After all that chocolate, alcohol and food you got stuck into over the long weekend? This is a priority!
Burn calories and make sure you get enough exercise this weekend. Walk. Swim. Ride your bike. Get to the gym. Do whatever recharges your body. Not only this, but it puts you in a refreshed frame of mind as well...
You see, writing as a professional feels like I'm a police detective at times. Even in my free time, my mind can still be "on the job" so to speak. So yesterday, I went for a walk up the mountain near my place. I put my work thoughts to one side, stayed in the moment and enjoyed the peace of nature, of being out in the bush with just the echo of bellbirds and breeze in the treetops...
By the time I came down the other side of the mountain, I was buzzing with a great new creative concept that'd been half-developed. But now, it had gestated into a full-blown idea, ready for action!
Just from exercising and "switching off"...
Don't worry what people around you are doing. Go easy this week...
Again, feeling as if you need to go twice as hard to compensate (or through a sense of guilt) is only going to burn you out before next week. I get it- you love what you do- but it's about being prepared. This week may well be less productive (overall) than normal- and that's okay!
Get as much rest as you need.
Put your feet up at night. Meditate. Take breaks during the day if you can.
This is different to coming back from the Christmas break- you've gone from working at your typical pace to a sudden halt for Easter- and then right back into action come Tuesday morning.
But don't sabotage next week out of feeling a need to do everything before Friday.
Take it easy.
Recharge your batteries.
Get yourself fully prepared- and we'll see you next week...