Contrary to popular belief – or what you employer may tell you – you ALWAYS have a choice. Some choices are better than others, but they are choices nonetheless.
On this episode of the Rutledge
This topic is especially important here at the end of the year where there is so much frantic activity. Year-end work projects, budget evaluations and preparations for the new year goal setting. Family projects and parties. The lists go on and on and pretty soon we are buried in stuff and trying to figure out where the time went.
During this time, it is important to be mindful of your energy and focus. As the old saying goes, poor planning on your part does not constitute
In intentionally used the term “put your mask on first” as the title for this episode. Each time you fly commercial airlines, you get the safety demonstration that the majority of people are not listening to. But when you do listen, when they talk about losing cabin pressure and the oxygen masks, the instructions are to put your mask on first before helping anyone else. Why is this important? Because our instinct is to help someone first – especially if they are a family member. And it wasn’t until I started paying attention to how things connected that I got the point of this process. It will not be possible for you to help anyone else if you are unconscious because you did not put on your own mask! YOU must be on the top of your priority list in that situation.
And that translates into
Take your vacation time and unplug! Research continues to show how over-stimulated we are. We need time away from the devices and the lights and the noises to reset our brains and our bodies.
Leave the office at a decent time. In the episode “The Art of Saying No” we talked about not getting into the habit of being the first one there and the last one out simply out of habit. Don’t allow it to become a habit for others to expect you to always be there.
Find your Village who will keep you honest about self-care. We can all use a bit of accountability in this area.
Since you are reading this post, let’s do a quick exercise before you leave:
Sit where you are and relax.
Empty your mind of everything except this moment.
Take several deep cleansing breaths.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- First – what is on your list and why?
- Second – are the things on your list in priority order? If not, re-order and eliminate?
- Third – are YOU on your list?
- Finally – Pause again and breathe deeply. Be mindful of the awareness you just created for yourself. YOU GOT THIS!!!!
YOU ARE WORTH YOUR OWN TIME AND EFFORT!
And that’s The Rutledge Perspective for this week. How are you putting your mask on first? Leave your comments below. I want to hear from you. Your contribution makes the Village stronger.