Just as you need to plug in your phone to an outlet to recharge, you need to plug your life into an outlet to recharge.
As simple as this sound, it’s always been difficult for me.
Since stepping down from being a pastor back in November 2015 to commit my full attention to running The Life Organized Company, I’ve noticed how little time I took to pursue personal outlets that recharged me emotionally, physically and spiritually.
My time and energy were spent on the job, the task, the project, the sermon, the next thing that I need to accomplish. I looked at pursuing hobbies or personal relaxation as “wasting time”. It’s not that I never took the time to relax, it was just very rare and usually happened because it was a suggestion from my wife.
The last three months have been an eye-opener for me.
I’ve realized that to have my “Life Organized and do great work” I need to have more down time. For me, this is tough to do. I am a high achiever and a tad performance oriented. I get so focused on the next thing I can do to improve that I often miss the moment. I have always struggled with this, but I believe 2016 will be different.
One of my top goals for 2016 is to take the time to relax and enjoy life. That last sentence is almost an oxymoron…I’m setting high achiever goals to relax. LOL.
What can I say, I am a work in progress.
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” – Sydney J. Harris
In December of 2015, I asked myself: “What are my outlets to recharge for 2016?
I came up with the following list for 2016:
- Short weekend getaways every couple months as a family or with my wife.
- Week long vacation three times a year.
- Golfing at least once every two weeks.
- Regular movie / Netflix nights at home.
- Hobbies around my home.
- Evening date nights with my wife / Dinner with friends.
The key to accomplishing this over the last couple of months has been to schedule my down time because it helps me because I am a person who could always be working.
Having an outlet is a vital part of staying healthy emotionally, physically and spiritually. I already feel more focused and rested than I ever have, and February isn’t even over. You may be thinking “KC, what took you so long?”. For me it’s a personality thing. I have plenty of friends that have the same personality as me and understand the struggle to relax.
There are so many different ways you can have an outlet. The goal is to find what works for you.
Question: What is your outlet and why do you do to recharge? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you!