Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'Time famine' & exhaustion

Have you ever heard the term "time famine?" It refers to that stressed-out sense many people have these days that there is never enough time to do what you want or need to get done. People hunger for time, and they can just never get enough. So many these days live in a constant state of overwhelm and exhaustion.

Ariana Huffington in her book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life speaks of the exhaustion, burnout and overwhelm felt by so many Americans these days. She uses the term "time famine," which I'd not heard before but which describes what several clients and friends have brought to the table in our discussions.

Is there any way to avoid this? Or to step back from the edge if you're already at the burnout stage? The good news is that you can make some different choices and make changes in your life to either avoid or recover. Huffington says she has made several changes after a terrible fall that served as her wake-up call. She also has incorporated many stress-relieving practices into her businesses for the sake of her employees.

Look at your life and see what changes you might make. Are there activities or tasks you can shed? What different choices might you make to avoid exhaustion and burnout? It's worth examining your lifestyle and career style for the sake of your health and well-being.

If you're already at burnout stage, please seek help to recover. If you would like to discuss this, I invite you to contact me for a complimentary strategy session. I have helped people move from burnout and exhaustion to a place of delight and joy again—a place where they once again reclaim their passions and find new ways to live that avoid time famine. Do whatever you can for your self-care and health today.

1 comment:

  1. I realize how important it is for me to get out of the office and do some walking or bike riding each day. It doesn't have to be much, but that little time away really helps my time AT my desk