It’s that time of year. We’re going 100 miles an hour, and holiday time is upon us. We not only have all the work to do, but we somehow have less time to do it. We somehow have other things that are of competing interest, and even though those extra To Do’s are often wonderful things, the fact is that we have more to do. We often have more stress. We are getting pulled in multiple directions, many of which are not of our own choosing.
Wouldn’t it be great in times like this to just be able to take a break?! Wouldn’t it be great to just invest in ourselves a little bit?
This is a customer service tip, but as you all know, I highly value folks who are in customer service, and I realize that you spend so much of your days doing things for others, that it’s easy to forget to do things for yourself.
So, let’s all do a brief exercise and see if we can conjure up any ideas that can be good for you, to help you refresh, rejuvenate, refocus.
Imagine that you had $200 given to you, but you could only spend it on yourself. What would you spend it on to refresh yourself mentally, physically, spiritually, intellectually? What could help you to become a better co-worker, person, or a representative to your clients? What would refresh, rejuvenate, and refocus you?
What if you found yourself with 2 free hours in your day? Even just for one day. But you had to spend those 2 hours only on yourself. Would you rest? Would you watch some old shows or movies? Would you work out or go for a run? Maybe you would read or do something that stimulates you more than an old episode of Three’s Company. It’s totally up to you. What would refresh, rejuvenate, and refocus you?
What if you were told you need to eliminate (or at least spend less time on) 2 tasks or activities that you do most weeks at work? What are the 2 things you’d eliminate because they provide little value to the company, the co-worker, or the customer? What tasks would you stop that would actually refresh, rejuvenate, and refocus you?
Invest a little money or time on yourself. Take a couple items off your To Do List. Be intentional to refresh, rejuvenate, and refocus.