Reflection and Renewal: Beating Burnout and Planning for Success

I’ve been having conversations with many of my friends lately, and it’s become evident that a lot of them are truly exhausted – not just the regular tired, but the bone-deep exhaustion that can border on burnout. With the hustle and bustle of the season, including social events, networking, work contracts, and the preparations for Christmas, it’s no surprise.

Amidst this whirlwind of activity, it’s a perfect time for reflection. I recall hearing that September is the time to plan the next three months, and October serves as a blend of executing those plans and reflecting on your progress.

While this approach has served me well, there always seem to be unexpected elements that creep into the mix. Hence, my reflections for this year will revolve around the following key questions:

  • What were my goals and primary values for this year?
  • What achievements have I celebrated, and why did they succeed?
  • Where did things not go as planned, and what contributed to these setbacks?
  • Did I remain aligned with my goals and values, and how can I assess this alignment?
  • Is it necessary to recalibrate my goals and values, and if so, what changes should I make?
  • How can I create a practical roadmap to ensure I stay on course?

This framework of questions is guided by the ‘Gap Analysis’ approach. In essence, it involves examining my present reality (shaped by the events of the past 12 months) and using it as a foundation to envision my desired future. The gap between these two states guides the actions required to bridge it.

If you’re currently feeling drained and on the verge of burnout, it’s a clear signal that you want a different experience going forward. I strongly recommend scheduling time in December to dedicate 1-3 days to answer questions like these thoroughly.

Take your time and seize this opportunity not only for reflection but also for strategic planning. Your plan should encompass:

  • Rest and rejuvenation
  • Execution of your goals
  • Detailed planning for the future

I’ve coined this approach the REP Method ®️, emphasizing the importance of putting in the repetitions to make it work.

Failure to time-block these essential elements into your calendar could result in the same exhausting cycle next year. Act on this plan promptly, and you’ll set the stage for a more fulfilling year ahead.

Stay vigilant and safe during this season. Remember that life is for living, so enjoy yourself. However, don’t lose sight of your calling, and ensure you’re setting up yourself to become the person you aspire to be!

Stay awesome!

Kind regards,

Michael Tabirade

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