Working smarter is the new self care. We have all heard the phrase “I’m burnt out”. From there, the go to advice is self care. This usually means relaxing without the burdens of our problems. While we could all use some rest and relaxation, that time doesn’t bring resolutions to our issues. Clarity and focus to manage burnout and circumstances around us, can be beneficial to spa and salon owners and their employees.
Many studies have been done about the effects of stress on the body and how it shortens our lifespan. It is a no brainer that we need to find ways to relieve stress, burnout and stress go hand in hand.
It’s a detailed plan of what you want, and how to get it. More importantly, it’s a mental map of how to get your head in the right place to reach your goals. This exercise is the opportunity to lay everything out and show yourself what needs to be accomplished, and ultimately keeps your thoughts focused.
Feeling burnt out takes a toll on your productivity and is a burden during times when you really need to focus. Journaling and planning is a proven way to free up mental space and relieve stress. There isn’t any room for racing thoughts or stress in an action plan, just strategy. Most of us feel relief from stress when we know how we are going to pivot out of a situation, and a plan of action is the best way to succeed and avoid burnout.
Let’s start with the basics. Everyone has to eat, sleep, and take care of themselves. Remember, you have enough time to destress. But it’s time management that can take the burden off worrying about your workload.
The biggest factor in making any action plan is getting to the root of what you want and why you want it. Making these things clear helps you maintain the motivation to follow through. Being clear about the details paints a vivid picture of where you are and where you want to be. Tony Robbins refers to this method as Rapid Planning Method (RPM). For this next part get something to write on and answer these questions.
Browse the internet for an action plan example and templates for more ideas on creating a successful action plan.
Make your habits an unshakable part of your life. Working on your goals everyday is the fastest way to get there. It’ll be hard for worries to creep up when you’re already working on a solution. The biggest benefit to having a plan of action is that you are building momentum and habits. From your habits will come the ease of self care both professionally and personally.
The bottom line, it is. You’re getting mentally prepared for taking your next steps. It’s living life with control and purpose. Those are usually the things we feel like we don’t have when we burnout or go into a slump from work stress. Self care will always have its place, but let’s take the preventative steps to avoid burnout.