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Out of Gas: Some Helpful Tips for Busy People

Tuesday, March 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Yolanda Y. Goode, UF/IFAS Extension
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Many of us zoom “90 to nothing” in our daily lives until something forces us to hit the brakes or the emergency break is applied. Instead of clearing our plates, we add sideboards onto them so that we can accept more.

We wear many hats outside of work such as a family member, caregiver, volunteer, student, etc. Some days we find ourselves in foul moods where we lack comprehension, patience, and focus. Is it because we are hangry (hungry + angry) or just plain ole tired?   You’ve heard the saying; you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip or is that a beet. LoL, you get the point. How do we avoid the breakdown that can and will happen if we keep pushing ourselves without intentional refueling?

Here are several tips to help you stay fueled and refreshed:

  • Block scheduling (I shared an example of a tool that I use but you use what works for you. The key thing is for you to understand where you can capture time for yourself to refuel.)
  • Rest: Sleep on a regular schedule and take breaks during the day. 
  • Eat well: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Have some fun: You are encouraged to have fun. Adulting is tough.
  • Take lunch: Go visit local library, museum, or sit in your car at a local park.
  • Vacation: Plan for it and take it but leave some recovery time so you are not rushing back to work the next day. Do weekend trips or a day-cation while kid(s) are at school.
  • Nurture your hobbies (When was the last time you ____________?)
  • Guard your time: Don’t let the good block your great plus you can’t clone you.

Slowly implement so of these tips into your life and remember an empty tank is just that empty. You will be more productive by taking care of you and you’ll be better able to wear all those hats.

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