I’ve been hard pressed to sit down and take the time to blog this past week. In fact, I haven’t wanted to really do much of anything at all due to complete exhaustion. Lucky for me, one of my best buds from college visited me this weekend. Our life chats were exactly what I needed to get my mind back on track. In fact, I think I found a little perspective.
The goals I set this month have become more of a chore and another item on the “to-do” list rather than an enriching life experience. Don’t get me wrong, I get complete satisfaction from de-cluttering my rooms, getting rid of junk I don’t need, and following a minimalist lifestyle. It gives me a sense of freeness and lightness, but I also think it’s contributing to the burnout I’ve been feeling lately.
I’ve set a really lofty goal for April: de-cluttering my home and life in 30 days. When you set a new goal it’s so easy to be overly enthusiastic and inspired. You start working really hard but then you ultimately crash and burn. You lose sight of the end result because you want to finish everything you want to do within a limited time frame. Rather than enjoying each experience, I just keep counting down the days I have left to tackle the next room and realize how much more work I have to do. I keep forgetting I have an entire life to grow. The task at hand is a good goal to set but I think it’s going to take more than 30 days to tackle. Putting that into perspective eases the pressure.
I read a blog this morning about battling burnout and the words stuck with me today. I hope they provide some sort of perspective and encouragement for all of you too, whatever goals you are setting in your own life.
“…this belief in the epiphany, that you can sit down one day have a great idea and suddenly change every aspect of your personal life is nonsense. Internal changes happen gradually, external changes even more so.”