Building In Recovery Time

recovery_timeLast month was a whirlwind. On top of a full roster of projects, I was scheduled to speak at various events around New England, which demanded a huge amount of energy and focus.

I love it when I can get up in front of a group of people and share knowledge that helps them in some way. It’s exciting yet draining — exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. The events I spoke at were incredibly rewarding to say the least, but by the end of the month I was exhausted and fried. I didn’t even realize it until this past weekend, when I found myself especially tired, sleeping more than normal and not really wanting to do much of anything.

I had failed to build in recovery time. Yet I kept pushing…and pushing…and pushing… until I couldn’t go anymore.

I say this time and time again — because it’s so important, and because I keep forgetting it. We have to work time into our busy days for rest. I have this nasty habit of pushing through and then hitting the wall again.

For every week of work, I need at least one day off to recharge. For every day that I’m out speaking in front of people, I need two days of downtime. For every hour that I’m with a client, I need two to get my groove back.

It’s not that my work is exhausting in a negative sense, but rather that I give 110% of my focus and energy to my client/audience, and I need time after to recharge. It’s like grabbing a med kit in a video game. When your gauge is in the red, you need to find health – and fast. Or it’s game over.

I know I’m not alone in this. I talk with so many brilliant, high energy, successful women who say they need the same thing — and who also have a tendency to neglect blocking out the time for it.

You may think you’re different, but you’re not.

Toss the Superhero cape and get real. Ignoring the need for rest and recovery will only leave you exhausted and burnt out. [click to tweet this]

And where would the world be without your special gifts? I’d rather not find out.

What are you going to do today that fills your energy med kit? Schedule it, and do it.

Photo Credit: Sarah G.