3 WAYS TO BEAT END OF YEAR EXHAUSTION

As the pointy end of 2018 is getting closer, I have been feeling exhausted – it’s been a big year! I got married, Dusty turned one, my business turned two, I recorded two seasons of my podcast, I said good bye to a client and said hello to lots of new clients, and I hired my first Content Manager, Samantha. It’s been amazing to say the least, and I’ve also learned a lot. 

I know I am not the only person who feels drained towards the end of the year, and I certainly don’t my team and I to feel completely wrecked when we go on holidays. I want us to feel revived and refreshed so we can truly enjoy the time off and soak up as much summer sun as possible. 

As I am more aware of these feelings this year, I have been working on feeling less stressed and overwhelmed by making a few positive changes to my life and business. Read on to find out what they are; I hope they help you to beat end of year exhaustion!

 

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SLOW DOWN 

First things first, I have found that consciously slowing down has made a huge impact. Usually I operate at a million miles an hour and say yes to everything (well, most things) and this only leave me feeling drained. As I recognise there are three months left till the end of the year, I am being far more strategic about what I choose to do. As an example, I have my Creative Business series of workshops booked in for November with Workshop Australia in Brisbane, and I was recently approached to do some extra workshops in Byron Bay. Usually I would rush to say yes, but this time I let them know I am slowing down and that I would be very keen in the new year. And you know what? They said they were happy to wait until the new year. And I felt great.  

 

DON’T TAKE ON AS MUCH WORK 

Because I know I am feeling run down towards the end of the year, I don’t take on as much work as I would throughout the year. Additionally, YCS goes on a three week break over the holidays so it’s not the best time to start working with a new client. So this time, I haven’t been taking on as much work. If I have a client who approaches us in November or December and wants to work with us in a big capacity, we’ll start working with them in January when we’re feeling fresh and revived.

 

FOCUS ON WHAT ACTUALLY NEEDS TO GET DONE 

It’s really easy for me to take on a lot of work and run myself into the ground; I am a highly detailed person who loves helping people but sometimes even I can get a bit lost. This is why I have been focusing on what actually needs to get done, rather than create more work for myself. As an example, I would really love to design a brand new website for YCS but that is a huge project, so instead I chose to make some tweaks that’ll get us by until the beginning of next year.



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