This morning there was a slight chill in the air, a splash of pumpkin in my coffee, and beautiful orange tints in the sunrise.
Ready or not, cozy season is coming. And maybe you’re SO ready, or maybe coziness feels off to you. Because it’s hard to feel cozy when working in a career that’s generally uncomfortable for you.
If “take a few days off” has been offered to you as a solution for feeling exhausted with work, you probably have already realized that the solution to burnout isn’t rest.
No one wants to tell us this, but NO amount of rest will cure your burnout.
It simply isn’t caused by working too many hours, general busy-ness, or a jam-packed schedule (though those things certainly don’t help).
If you need a clear sign of burnout, it is when your time off—whether a weekend or a whole summer—is never enough to rejuvenate you. It’s when work drains your energy, no matter how much rest you get.
The reason for that is—at the heart of it—burnout comes from performing work that lacks a deeper value for you.
Burnout happens when you are busy without meaning.
Now, I’m not saying your “life purpose” has to be in your work, but following the paycheck and following your heart don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
To get started, rediscover your “why.”
Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why, defines “why” as the reason you get out of bed in the morning inspired to go to work. It’s your primary source of motivation.
Identifying your WHY is the quickest way to clarify WHAT you believe and HOW to use it in your daily work.
HOW TO TAKE AN INSIDE-OUT APPROACH TO CAREER PLANNING
The inside-out approach to career planning is not necessarily about making a career of your hobbies or doing something charitable (unless, of course, that’s what you’re looking for). Instead, it’s about alignment and doing what feels meaningful for your career.
This blog post is all about how YOU can take a more proactive + personalized approach to career planning. The bottom line: Your career should be spent doing what you love, what you’re good at, and alongside people who truly get you.
WRITE IT OUT
Turn up your favorite music and rediscover your “why” with these guiding questions:
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
–Howard Thurmon, civil rights leader
IT’S YOUR TIME TO FLOURISH!
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The book Overwhelmed and Over It by Christine Aryolo
I’m a fan of Christine Aryolo’s work; in this book, she makes a compelling case for releasing the old way of working and teaches us to lean into our wisdom, so we can remain centered—even in a chaotic world.
Podcast episode 851 of the HBR IdeaCast: “Find Joy in Any Job”
This discussion is perspective-shifting in a great way. What if we thought of careers as scavenger hunts? How would that change the way we view our jobs? This episode is all about how to notice the things you love and then move to do more of them.
Connect with a Click—Effective Virtual Networking Webinar
On Monday, October 17, I’m partnering with the University of California Santa Cruz extension school (the professional development arm of the college) to facilitate a free (and open to anyone) webinar: Connect with a Click—Effective Virtual Networking.
If you want to learn the ins and outs of virtual networking, you won’t want to miss it!