When our energy reserves are depleted, we can all relate to feeling completely exhausted. Honestly, though: We ladies are always on the go. The stress and pressures of daily life can pile up quickly, leaving us physically and emotionally exhausted and counting the days until our next vacation.
Everyone wants a piece of us, but we’re not very plentiful. Due to our inherent human limitations, there is no way for us to accomplish everything.
And so the question becomes, how do we keep our heads above water? What other option do we have besides constantly pushing ourselves to our absolute limits? There is a margin of error. It’s the surplus, or the sum that’s allowed but not required. It’s meant to be used in case of emergencies or other unplanned events. The margin is the space between complete exhaustion and the ability to breathe normally again.
Margin, put another way, is the buffer zone we protect against financial disaster. We may not be able to see our gas tank getting low, but there are indicators all around us that we need to refuel.
When we easily offended, overly tired, uninterested in the things we love, or feeling overwhelmed by trivial matters, we know we need more buffer space. Does this ring true with you? This is the cold, hard truth: You are not limitless; a healthy margin will keep you from sinking into a life of emptiness.
Margin has the potential to make your life feel and become more sustainable, whether you’re a high-pressure CEO, a busy student, or a full-time parent. Margin is like the advice from my dad; it’s preventative maintenance on the car that ensures it will continue running smoothly and without breaking down.
“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”
1. Consider your Sunday plans on a Monday
It’s helpful to think about the weekend as the implement margin throughout the week. Taking this into account can help you prioritise your decision-making and focus on the tasks at hand. If you have a packed weekend planned, give some thought to how busy you are Monday through Friday and make adjustments as needed.
2. Become comfortable rejecting offers
When life gets hectic, it’s important to make good decisions so you don’t end up blaming a meeting or a person for your exhaustion when the “no” was truly yours to say.
3. Avoid Evaluating Yourself Against Others
The abilities that each person possesses are special. My mother, for instance, is able to cheerfully and effectively complete a seemingly endless list of tasks. Her capacity is simply greater than mine, some would say.
She uses her morning workouts as her own time to focus on herself and get ready for the day. Own your situation and make margin something you care about, no matter what your capabilities or daily routine may be.
Margin, put another way, is the buffer zone we protect against financial disaster.
4. Strategies The Things That Make You Happy
The margin does not always imply a nap. Nonetheless, how many of us could really benefit from one of those? In order to live a more fulfilling life, it’s important to carve out some “margin” for yourself. How do you spend your free time?
What satisfies you to the point of feeling full? It could be anything from going on a hike to having coffee with a relative. Give this some weekly time and notice how it keeps you going.
5. Seek Assistance
If filling up seems like too much of an effort, seek assistance. Consider the people you care about and the world around you. Who appears to be successful, developing, and happy?
If you’re finding it difficult to prioritise self-care, you can ask for their assistance in carving out some time and creating a manageable schedule. Simply put, we can accomplish more as a group than we can individually.
Let’s get ahead of fatigue by keeping our eye on the margins. May we be the kind of women who don’t view creating margin as an impossible task or a dirty word, but as the space we need to keep doing the things we love for the rest of our lives.
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