At the end of this last semester, I was exhausted and looking forward to a much-deserved break. As it got closer for my break to begin, I vowed not to check email, think about work (or bring any work home), and most important, not think about January 2018 and the many projects that I knew would be waiting for me when I got back.
I’m happy to report that this last break was one of the best I have ever had. Okay, so maybe I ate a few too many calories, (How do you say no to all of those festive foods and cocktails? It can’t be done!), but I made sure to mostly take care of myself, my whole self, during the break and I came back feeling refreshed.
Of course, the challenge now is to keep this feeling. How do I approach my projects, supervision, and navigate the office and institution politics differently so I don’t end up depleted by the third week of 2018?
It became clear that some things in my life need to change, and I am the only one in a position to change them. So, during my break, I started focusing on what is most important and I determined that moving forward my priorities must be my health, my family’s welfare and having fun. I made a list of all the things I have let go over the last few years so I could focus solely on the job and the many logs I have in the fire, namely family time, reading, hiking, exercising regularly, movies, and adventures.
This change is going to take time and discipline because for the last three years, I have been living in overdrive, focusing solely on career goals while letting health and social goals slide. Get my doctorate degree – check. Obtain an Associate Vice President position – check. Obtain several training certificates: coaching, appreciation at work, Harvard Strategic Business Management – check, check and check. And finally, start my own coaching and consulting business- ch-ch-ch-check.
So here it is, 2018, and I need to make some changes. I have enough. I am enough. This year I must get back to the things and people that help me breathe so I can be a balanced leader. I don’t want to miss life. I want to enjoy both work and life outside of work. I cannot be a whole person if I continue to give work 80% of my attention and life outside of work only 20%.
If you’re nodding your head right now, aware that your life has also become imbalanced, and you’d like help getting it back on track, please get in touch with me. I am in the business of growing people to become highly-effective leaders and programs to provide the services students need to be successful. Whether it’s one-on-one coaching, or training you are looking for I can assist you with transforming your approach and enable you to be the visionary, strategist or supervisor you’ve always wanted to be.
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