A helpful way to avoid burn-out is to put downtime on your Must-Do To-Do list.

Have you noticed how some people take pleasure in telling you how busy they are all the time?

Perhaps it’s a sign of our insecure economic times that they feel the need to be seen as Very Busy, but although bursts of intense activity can be OK there’s a lot to be said for not over-pushing yourself.


In fact it’s often the case that the more you try to squeeze in, the less you actually get done.

So are you giving yourself enough ‘spare’ time each day? Are you actually giving yourself any?

If you like to drive your life with a schedule there’s a lot to be said for planning down-time, periods when you’re not going to be frantically trying to clear your To-Do list.

This is not to say you’ll be doing nothing though, because perhaps you can occupy this time with the things that make life good.

Stop and chat to someone. Have a coffee. Walk round the block.

Above all, let go of the need to fill every second of every day.

Life’s for living.

Live it today.

3 thoughts on “A helpful way to avoid burn-out is to put downtime on your Must-Do To-Do list.

  1. Great post! This has always been a difficult one for me! As a child and adult I was taught that my worth was based on how productive I was. A quote from my mother – ” if you’re ugly- you better be a hard worker”! I was and still am! Having children saved me from myself- they do love unconditionally and they are such little wonders you can’t help but want to slow down and enjoy life as they do. Thankfully I was a good learner and have kept this lesson close to my heart – my friends and favourite activities have a place on my daily busy life! Now my grandchildren reinforce this wonderful lesson,

  2. Hi Judy…what a terrible thing your mother said! Not kind at all to say to anyone let alone your own daughter.
    Glad you overcame her and the saying!

    Jon, I feel guilty if I have ‘down time’ as if I have to be seen to be doing something useful all day, mostly because I am a stay at home mum now. I have to justify my time to family members. A right royal pain in the…..!!

    1. I was exactly like you Karen, I was a stay at home mum to two boys, now grown up but still at home! Never ever feel guilty for staying at home, motherhood and being a parent is the hardest job ever and you or any one else shouldnt view it any other way. Its demanding being at home with kids but you must take time to be ‘you’ too and your children must see you as ‘you’ and learn that you are a person in your own right and should be appreciated as such.

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