Lately I have really been feeling like I’m going through the grind. I’m not sure if it’s partially due to spring fever or if it’s a result of pushing super hard these last 18 months. I honestly can’t pinpoint the cause, but one thing is certain. I am feeling fatigued.
Additionally, when I look at the scope of our business I see some challenges that are up ahead (not insurmountable, but existing). I’m guessing that has also contributed to a little fatigue.
Now, fatigue isn’t abnormal. Everyone experiences this, sometimes even multiple times a year! It doesn’t matter who you are; when you work, you get tired.
I’m in one of these seasons now. It’s happened before, it’ll happen again. That is why I needed to write this post. To help you guys as you fight fatigue and to remind myself how to get around it!
Things You Can Do to Fight the Fatigue
There are a lot of solutions to the inevitable problem of fatigue. All of them require a lifestyle shift, but it’s well worth your time to read and see what small changes you can make to stay energized!
Some are schedule oriented, while others branch out into physical, mental, and emotional health habits.This post will focus on some scheduling and work lifestyle suggestions that you can put into practice to help manage fatigue.
Fit Breaks into Your Rhythm
You need to incorporate daily, weekly, and monthly breaks into your routines. You simply have got to schedule in regular periods of rest in order to recharge! I am still new to this practice, but I am seeing the benefits of fitting breaks in on daily, weekly, and monthly rhythms.
There is a set time throughout the day where I will disconnect and just go take a walk. In Des Moines, the skywalks are a great place to unplug and free my mind to get the space I need to stay on top of my game.
I have found that simply not being “on” is a great way to recharge. It usually looks like taking an hour lunch with a quick walk before I eat. I’ll read the paper while eating to stay unplugged, and then another quick walk afterwards.
This daily routine is a defined time to unplug and let my brain recuperate.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You need a regular time throughout the course of the week where you are free from the responsibilities of work.
Although it may not feel like it, we are more than our jobs. There are relationships that we need to tend to and invest in, and that includes the relationship within ourselves! We need to rejuvenate and strengthen bonds with ourselves and with others.
Part of the fatigue entrepreneurs feel comes from getting disconnected. In the name of busyness, we get disconnected from our friends, our family, our life force. When that happens the battery drains.
Taking at least one day fully off and unplugged each week to invest in your relationships will have a massive return on investment in your relationships and your energy levels.
I set aside the first Tuesday of every month for nothing but visioning. This is where I can be free from the minutiae of everyday operations and really focus on growing the capacities of our business. It’s rejuvenating and refreshing. I’m not in my inbox, or thinking about logistics.
The whole day is blocked off to vision, plan, and think big without having to worry about details. Knowing I have this day helps me push through the slower days, not to mention the lucrative ideas that come from those visioning days!
You’re Not Alone
If you’re feeling the fatigue, take some time daily, weekly, and monthly to step away from the grind and recharge. It is essential to maintain momentum and to fight the inevitable fatigue.
Come back Thursday for Part 2 of the post where I’ll go into the physical and emotional sides of pushing around periods of fatigue.