I have just come across a great blog post by the writer, Donald Miller.
It touches on decisions that we can actively make to improve our
emotional well-being. The post, Need to Manage Your Relationships? touches
on the challenges Miller has faced managing his time and relationships
in such a way that he can meet his professional and social
responsibilities without exhausting himself.
You really should read this piece. It articulates what so many of us go
through daily, trying to be supermen or superwomen in our jobs and lives
in general. We are under so much pressure to perform well at work, to
be supportive friends, and to meet whatever personal goals we have set
for ourselves, that we forget that we can't do it all. Many of us go
overboard, committing ourselves to too much, and then subsequently
wonder why we are so burnt out and resentful in the middle of the week.
I'm glad to say I checked out of that particular hotel a long time ago.
But the article resonates with me because it parallels my own process of
coming to the realization that I had to set my own limits and stick to
them. I was the person best placed to do this because I knew when I was
at my most productive, when I was most exhausted, what was really
important in the scheme of things, and what wasn't.
From his brief post, it is apparent that Miller learned what his daily
work and life rhythm was and structured everything else around it.
Fortunately, I too learned to do something similar a few years ago, and
it simplified my life tremendously.
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