At some point, it will happen to you. Work will be so busy that your life feels like an endless cycle of: (1) wake, (2) work, and (3) sleep (aka, dream about work).
As an attorney in a large law firm, I have much more experience in the art of being busy than I would prefer. BUT: as a senior associate, I handle it better than I did as a first or second year lawyer. A lot of that is down to experience; I learned how to juggle my caseload and manage expectations. I plan to dive into those topics in future posts. Today I’m going to focus on one trick I employ to stay sane during busy weeks, months, and even years:
I carve out “me” time.
I know what you’re thinking: yeah, right! It’s true, when you’re so busy that you only see the inside of your home long enough to grab a couple of hours of sleep and a shower, the thought of seeing friends, your significant other, or even a 30-minute TV show is laughable, and the idea of carving out “you” time seems like a mean joke. But if you want to retain your sanity when pulling insane hours, you need to do it.
It doesn’t have to be hard, and it should not add to your stress levels. Carving out “me” time is really just a way to keep a little bit of control over your schedule and step away from work when that feels like an impossibility.
The key to making it effective is to carve out time in a way that fits your personal needs within the confines of your work schedule. So what does that mean? Well… Continue reading “The Big Picture: What to Do When You’re Really, Really Busy”