We’ve all experienced burnout. While it would be supportive to be able to take off for a month to a retreat center and recover from life’s stresses, many of us can’t run away from our obligations. So, what are we to do?
The 80/20 rule
If you haven’t picked it up yet, check out Kate Northrup’s new book, Do Less. I’m a part of her membership group Origin.
While some of her messaging is targeted towards mom-trepreneurs, I have found the concepts of her teaching to be quite helpful, so I figured I would share some ideas with my YPY community.
One specific concept, inspired by the Paredo Principle, is that 20% of your efforts create 80% of your success.
This was a tricky concept to connect with for me. I can’t see only 20% of my scheduled patients. You can’t complete just 20% of your work.
I realized I could work with this concept by looking at how I spend my time more broadly and prioritizing better.
Sometimes I fall into the social media abyss. I love social media so I can see what my friends and family are up to, support the work of my colleagues, be inspired by art and food, and spread the word about the happenings at Your Pace Yoga.
That being said, sometimes I spend way too much time getting into the scroll zombie mode. That does not help me meet my goals as a small-business owner or my goals about how I want to feel in my life.
(By the way, I highly recommend goal setting around how you want to feel, as taught to me by Danielle LaPorte.)
I decided I would try and limit my social media scrolling to when I am on the subway and when I’m on a cardio machine at the gym. How you control the social media spiral? (Comment below!)
For years people have been batching. Pods are a similar concept: pods are the physical product of batching. You can create pods when cooking, packing for a trip, or to encourage a workout habit.
A commonly used pod is to cook a large batch for multiple meals. For instance, some folks make enough baby food to last for three days. Some folks cook on Sunday for the week.
I find that batching food can be quite helpful in ensuring that I eat as nutritiously—and economically—as possible at work. I’m lucky to live in a city that has access to healthy to-go options, but ordering food daily adds up fast in a week.
I’ll make a large batch of food and then put them into single-portion mason jars so that I can grab them on my way out the door instead of taking time each morning to divvy up from a larger container. (Plus, they’ll cool faster after cooking!)
I love pods for gym clothes and dance clothes. I love how I feel after I exercise, but I will often find multiple excuses as to why I should skip a trip to the gym. Having my workout clothes together reduces one barrier to get to the gym. I can grab a prepackaged sports bra, tank, shorts, and socks. Once they are clean they go back into the pod.
What pods do you use in your life? Share below in the comment section!
Letting go of perfection
Each year I’m getting more and more comfortable with the fact that I can’t do it all.
When I see an email in my inbox that has been sitting there for a week, I apologize and I am bummed I missed it, but I don’t dwell on the oversight.
I’ve stopped apologizing when my apartment is a mess or there are dishes in the sink when things get busy. I’m a big fan of asking for support for simple things that someone else can lend a hand with.
Letting go of perfection offers me many gifts. It helps me increase presence and be in the moment. Having a greater perspective beyond my immediate little circle is very freeing. I remember what is really important to me in the greater scheme of life.