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A slump, a dip, a blip; whatever you want to call it, we all experience them and they’re never pleasant. They can affect everything from our mood to our motivation to our rest and relationships. But how do we overcome them? How do we keep going forward and resist looking back?
Lately, I’ve been stuck in a rut. Until my 15 hour sleep yesterday (I went to bed at 2am and woke up at 7pm, sleeping through Saturday entirely), I’d been averaging at around 4-5 hours a night, as a result of working until the early hours and having to get up for meetings and events the next morning. I’d be out all day in the city, get home late and realise that my inbox was overflowing or that I had a whole folder of photos to edit for the next day. Leaving no time for the gym or (more importantly) for Netflix, I’d have dinner and not stop working until dawn began to break. Pretty unhealthy, right?
But not only unhealthy, also – as I’ve come to realise – very unproductive. My sheer exhaustion meant that I wasn’t completing work to the best of my ability. I had so much on my daily to-do lists that a) I was rarely able to ever tick everything off or b) if I did manage to, it was done with a half-hearted, totally-not-my-best attempt. As someone who is always telling herself to be better and do more, knowing that I was producing work I wasn’t proud of was … crap, actually. Disappointing and disheartening. That combined with the fact that I had no social life, wasn’t able to exercise and was getting next to no sleep left me feeling really sad and devoid of any energy or inclination to even get through the day. And though I was well on my way to a burnout, thankfully that ridiculous sleep seems to have saved me (just) and shocked me into making some active changes.
So, here’s my call to action. From this day forward (get the rings ready), I vow to:
Go To Sleep Earlier
Not just bed, but sleep. This was actually one of my New Year’s Resolutions and it lasted about 5 days, max. I often kid myself into thinking that I’m getting an early night if I’m in bed by midnight, though I can spend up to 90 minutes scrolling social media and ‘catching up’ before I actually close my eyes. Well no more. I need sleep and I need plenty of it. 8 hours a night is my absolute ideal and if I want to make that happen, I need to decisively end my working day at a certain time, switching off my laptop and placing my phone out of reach.
Make Time For Exercise
If I go for an outdoor run, I take a route that takes no longer than 20 minutes. 20 minutes of my 24-hour day. When I say I don’t have time for exercise (and it often feels like I don’t), I most definitely don’t have time to drive to the gym, workout and then drive back. But to slot in 20 minutes during extremely busy periods, all I’d have to do is get up slightly earlier or if I’m at home that day, perhaps give myself a short break during the afternoon. I feel instantly refreshed and happier when I’ve exercised, not to mention more motivated and optimistic.
Condense My To-Do List
Remember when I told you I was guilty of writing 12 things on my to-do list and only achieving half of them? Well, shamefully, I still do that. I write down everything that I need to get done in the foreseeable future on a piece of paper and call it my daily to-do list. Realistic? Definitely not. Ridiculous? Absolutely. And in fact, all it does is cause me to become more stressed because I feel like I’m not achieving anything. So I need to be more selective about what I write down, prioritising tasks in order of when they need to be completed by. And I need to be realistic – it’s unlikely that I’ll have the time to shoot 2 campaigns if I’m in back-to-back meetings all day; I’m not Wonder Woman (though I totally wish I was).
So for me, these 3 things are my top priorities. If I can nail these, I’ll be well on my way to beating the slump the next time it decides to strike. But for now? I’m taking it in my stride.
Love, Beth xo.
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