Do you find yourself brushing that off and thinking, “With all of the meetings on my calendar, when do I have time to reflect, evaluate and set goals for the year ahead?”
You’re not alone. To make room for the meetings on our calendars and tasks on our lists, it’s no wonder the first thing that gets double-booked is the time we should be taking for our mental health.
Our challenge to you today: Make you a priority! Do not set aside that important work-on-yourself time to make room for meetings and tasks.
Before you read any further, block some intentional time on your calendar right now—even just an hour or two—that’s solely for you. (Go ahead, you can do it now; we’ll wait for you.)
Once you’ve done that, make a pledge to yourself that this time will be non-negotiable, and that you’ll show up for it with integrity.
Now we get to the good stuff: how you can use this time to intentionally reflect, evaluate and set goals without distractions. To make it easier, we’ve given you some questions and guidance to get you started.
Use the first part of this intentional time to reflect on the meetings you had in the past year. Ask yourself:
Depending on the meeting’s purpose, duration, structure and the participants’ psychological health status, meetings can have a variety of consequences:
Take a look at your reflection responses and level them with the evaluation points above. Set one, two or even three goals that relate to your calendar and your meetings, with the desired outcome being an improvement in your mental health and well-being. You can achieve this improvement by:
And most important:
If you do only one thing for yourself in the new year, block regular, intentional time to reflect on the effects your calendar is having on your mental health. Continue to evaluate and rework your goals, if necessary, with the biggest focus being prioritizing you. Remember: Self-care is not selfish!
For more ideas and discussion about your mental health and meetings, Rootworks members can log in to watch our Winter Culture webinar here.
How does this translate to the workplace? Here’s a blog post about how to create an irresistible firm culture.
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