We are constantly bombarded with expectations and idealized versions of success. From our upbringing to societal pressures, many of us operate on mental templates of how our lives ‘should’ look like; and what it means to be a good professional, leader, and parent. Only when we do what we think we should – we feel enough.
When unquestioned, our templates can Ieave us drained and depleted - both in terms of time and energy.
• 𝗘𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 𝘃𝘀. 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲: Instead of only measuring time, monitor how much energy each task takes. One task could take 60 minutes and drain 30% of your daily energy. What can you outsource/delegate/say no to?
• 𝗦𝘆𝗻𝗰 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗹𝗲𝘀: Align your tasks with when you're most energized. We only have up to 6 hours of cognitive energy in the tank. How can we use it wisely?
• 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲: Get curious about the influences that have shaped your idea of success. Is your template realistic or filled with 'shoulds'?
• 𝗥𝗲𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲: Understand what truly serves you and what doesn't, to create a personal success recipe card.
• 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹: Set your own parameters of success, combine work, family, and personal care in a manner that's aligned with your true aspirations - and make sure you are not the last item on your own priority list.
Are you living by someone else's definition of success?