Have you ever felt like there isn't enough hours in the day to do everything that you would like to accomplish?
You might be feeling burned out from having too much on your "to do" list (a list that seems to grow by the minute)!
I remember working with students who were struggling with time management and our sitting together and creating an agenda that captured ALL of their daily "to dos" and expanded that to all days in the week. This was a great way for students to quickly see if they had balance in their lives or whether there were some areas requiring more time and energy.
I'm currently taking a course and one of the actions that we are to complete is this very same activity of having a visual accounting of our daily and weekly schedules. And yes, I had an "Ah Ha!" moment and find that I am now very aware of several areas that I need to create more time for and effectively create an even better balance in my life (a pre-emptive burnout measure)!
Even if you feel that you have balance in your life and a good concept of your daily and weekly schedule, I would invite you to try this activity! There are plenty of blank schedule templates to be found online, and/or you can create your own on a blank piece of paper. I would suggest blocking your awake time in hourly increments and be as in depth as you can with your daily activities, (for example if you like to have a leisurely one hour breakfast each day, be sure to block off that time AND include the time for prep and clean up!).... you may be surprised at what you discover about your daily and weekly routine!
The other beautiful part of this is that it truly is a quick eye-opener about whether you are gifting yourself time for the activities (and connections with others) that fill up your cup!
Let me know if you try this activity and if you made a discovery!
I will readily admit that autumn and fall are my favorite seasons of the year! For me the warm days and the cooler nights are a perfect combination mixed in with the bounty of goodies from the garden and farm markets! My energy increases at this time of year as I typically tackle a fall cleaning spree (versus the spring cleaning that many like to do) and I begin to make jams, can fruits and process food for the colder days of winter. (I love to be able to gift a jar of sunshine in the form of canned peaches during the colder days of winter)!
It's interesting though for as jazzed up that I get about autumn and fall, for many this is a season that they truly do not look forward to. The shorter days, gardens that are finishing their growing season are reminders of the colder months ahead. So my question to pose to those who are not fans of Septembers arrival is this: "Are there ways that you can bring elements of what you enjoy from the warm summer months forward into this new season?" I'm curious as to the creative ways that individuals may find to answer this question.
Wishing all of you peace and light ~ Leanne
Leanne Longeway is an Art Therapist and a Registered Clinical Counsellor who offers counselling services to Adult Individuals and Teens (ages 14+)