After months of work on assignments, preparing for summer opportunities, attending meetings, and preparing for future steps to success, the batteries of inspiration, motivation, and determination might be low for many SA leaders. As an SA Grad in my final semester, the need to always be on “go mode” to prepare for my comp exams, interviews, and other final semester goals, the extension on my battery can be at 1% but feel like -5% at times. Despite feeling great about an accomplished to do list, updated resume, and comp notes completed for the week, something was missing…. my time for self care. Despite admittedly loving being weeks ahead and so productive, my days turned into moments and my work load made my weekends turn into week-loads. As March is here, the pressure for many SAGrads and SAPros in starts, changes, and events can be a lot to handle, on top of additional roles and positions for various leaders. I wanted to write a blog to encourage everyone to keep working as hard as you can on your personal and professional goals, while keeping your self-care going during the “busy” moments of the year.
Hustle Hard While Going With The Flow
The first step towards making sure your batteries are recharged is getting tasks out of the way that might take a large portion of your percentage. In order to have some down time, I always try to come up with a work flow for myself to stay ahead of tasks while winding down during the day. As a lover of Mondays, I try to make my Monday’s as productive as possible so my Fridays-Sundays are for little tasks, reviews, or resting. This style has been great for my over-planning, as a person that loves to get work done early and checked off my to do list. No matter your work style, make sure it reflects who you are and that you are happy with it. The work you finish now can be small tasks such as checking emails, working on an outline for a work proposal, or even planning a future idea that can be productive, fun, and enjoyable.
Connect With Your Support System
During the moments where I need support, I reach out to my family, mentors, and closest friends to help put me back on track. These messages and moments help me to smile, relax, and believe in myself when things might become overwhelming. It’s important to have your team at your side. This tip has been my saving grace during my final semester of graduate school, as my planner and organization skills have me focused on the future too often. I love to talk to my mentors and peers about how I feel, and their supportive words help with those stressful moments. Remember to always reach out and follow up with people inside and outside your circle and make a positive social environment for yourself.
Make a Stress-Free Day
One of the biggest days on my list is Sunday where I rest (well check emails and lightly read for the week if that counts) and focus only on preparing myself for a relaxing day and the upcoming week. I also called this day “No Search Sunday,” as it is the only day of the week that I will not job search for my SA Search process. Even if you have an hour each day, a whole day, or a time of the month that is focused on you, take it and own it. Not only will your energy be strong for the upcoming week, you will feel better about your self control and worth. Since doing this during my first semester of Graduate School, it has made the start of my weeks refreshing and exciting because of the low stress from a relaxing weekend. Despite how busy some of my Sundays might be depending on the week, I still make time to just be alone (or with friends) and reflect on my experiences, thoughts, and goals. These are days that I write to reflect on how I am feeling and allow myself to clear my mind, vent, and focus on solutions to issues.
Remember Your Passion
During difficult times, it can be hard to understand how to solve issues or what it takes to reach your goal. Just remember that you have the tools to be successful and the skills to make a positive difference.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”-Maya Angelou
Good luck with the rest of this semester everyone, and remember to take some time for yourself and believe in your abilities to make a difference.