Exhausted? Overwhelmed? Beaten down by fatigue?
I know I have been, and those that I work with certainly are too.
Here are 3 simple steps to climb your way out…
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
We’re creatures that need purpose and a sense of direction.
Our worlds have been turned upside down for the last 18 months.
Where we work, how we work, how we interact with others…
Add to this the uncertainty around further change makes any future planning pointless.
Dreams and goals no longer seem to fit into the picture.
It’s no wonder we’re all tired and exhausted.
WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS?
With the future being more unknown than it may ever have seemed, we’re only left with two options to fix our attention on.
We can focus on the past….
…reliving how great things were and how we wish it could be like that again.
While this thinking may give relief briefly, we’re quickly reminded it’s not that way anymore and we’re back into our downward spiral.
Or we can focus on the present…
…and what we can be doing TODAY to improve our life and the lives of others around us.
Truth is, we never had control (or certainty) over the future
We can only control what we do in the present to increase the chances of a better tomorrow.
OUR WAY OUT:
With this in mind, here are 3 steps to finding your way out of your own depth of fatigue:
What recharges you?
Go overboard on these things until you’re feeling a lot closer to 100%.
Most of us suck at the basics – eating right, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep – now’s probably the time to fix that.
2) CUT OUT THE NOISE
What drains you?
Be ruthless about removing as many of these as you practically can.
Does all the noise in your daily life fill you up or deplete you?
Social media, news, 24/7 sports, video games, dozens of instant communication apps & notifications…
We’re all well beyond stimulation overload.
Be honest about whether these things are worth how they make you feel.
Start to cut out what you can…then cut out more…
3) FIND PRESENT PURPOSE
Instead of future-oriented purpose (what you’re moving toward), anchor yourself to present-moment purpose.
What brings you joy?
For most people, it’s doing the things you are naturally great at.
For most people, it’s getting better at something that matters to them.
For most people, it’s helping others – making their days brighter
With your list in mind, set a goal for just today about how you can do more of these things.
We all need to simplify – getting back to the basics that recharge us, cutting out the noise that drains us, and bringing more joy into our days.
It’s not impossible nor will it be an overnight change.
But it can start today.