FOCUS | BURNOUT | MULTI-PASSIONATE ENTREPRENEUR
It was Saturday morning and I woke up feeling groggy. It had been a long week at my day job, managing a team, and having uncomfortable conversations with clients.Â
But all that was behind me. It was the weekend! Finally, I could spend an entire day on my own content instead of being clocked in for my 9-5.
I made some coffee, opened my laptop, looked at my to-do list. A fog washed over me. I took another sip of coffee, hoping it would help.Â
It didnâ€™t. I was unmotivated, exhausted, and couldnâ€™t seem to get started.
Tears were ready to make their entrance as I reminded myself that the weekends are the only time I have to fully dedicate myself to my business. I took a shower, hoping that would thrust me into action.
I toweled off, got dressed, and still didnâ€™t feel the energy I had been looking forward to all week.
Finally, I gave in. I sat on my couch and gave my pup Chai some snuggles.Â As I surrendered to relaxation, I realized that the mental fatigue I was feeling couldnâ€™t be overridden by coffee or a shower. Trying to push myself to keep working (when what I really needed was a break) was useless.
Then, I had a lightbulb moment! (donâ€™t you love it when that happens?)Â
Saturdays are going to be my non-focus time.Â
Now, instead of feeling guilty that I donâ€™t have the energy to dedicate Saturday mornings to writing articles, or creating content,Â I strategically schedule non-focus time on days where the energy isnâ€™t flowing.Â
In this post, I’ll share how you can integrate non-focus time into your schedule to avoid burnout, tap into inspiration, make space for other passions, and ironically- focus.
What is Non-Focus Time?
Non-focus time is essentially â€œfree timeâ€ with a strategy behind it.
Itâ€™s intentional time that you schedule to not do any work and instead enjoy relaxing activities that put you in a flow state.
During this time you should feel a sense of freedom, knowing that you donâ€™t have to do any work and you donâ€™t have to feel guilty about that in any way. Ironically, non-focus time can be one of the most productive systems you can implement into your schedule, and it’s key for avoiding burnout.
How Does Non-Focus Time Help with Burnout?
Non-focus time has many benefits. Hereâ€™s a quick list:
- It prevents burnout by ensuring that youâ€™re taking breaks and allowing your mind to rest and reset
- It encourages intuitive insights and inspiration. Inspo is likely to strike when your mind is at ease.
- Staying creatively inspired keeps burnout at bay!
- For multi-passionate creatives, non-focus time is a great way to make room for other passions like playing an instrument or writing poetry.
- Non-focus time promotes a healthy balance between work and rest, which is essential for optimal creativity.
- Scheduling non-focus time enhances your ability to focus when you get back to your work, without feeling overwhelmed.
When to Schedule Non-Focus Time
The most important element of non-focus time is that you first take note of when your energy is low. You want to catch this before burnout strikes.
For me, itâ€™s Saturdays after having worked my 9-5 all week. After realizing that it’s hard to get motivated on Saturday mornings, I was able to be proactive about making that my non-focus time.
For you, it might be a certain time of day rather than a full day. Your non-focus time is unique to you, so become sensitive about the ebbs and flows of your own energy.
Non-Focus Time Recap
The concept of non-focus time is simple, but can easily be overlooked as a multi-passionate entrepreneur. Itâ€™s tempting to want to hustle and â€œgrind it outâ€ even when we feel creative exhaustion creeping in.
By observing your natural energy cycles and being intentional about scheduling non-focus time, you are creating balance, allowing room for inspiration to arise, preventing burnout, and in the long run, increasing your ability to focus.
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