What up party people! How you doing? It's Marie here with another Q & A Tuesday!
Q: Alright so, today's question comes from Kate and Kate writes: "What do you do when you get burned out and start to question everything you're creating? Everything you've worked on, everything you're working towards and all you want to do is stay in bed all day." I thought this was a very juicy question, Kate.
A: Burnout is huge these days, especially for those of us who are running our businesses from home. If you've got an online business like I do. You can work 24/7. You're always on the computer. You got a smartphone. You're on email. It just never ends. And so, if you've been burning the candle at both ends to the point where you want to stay in bed all day.
Guess what? Do it! In fact, if I were you, I would take two full days and completely just veg out in bed. Do not try and figure out the meaning of life. Do not go on email, completely disconnect. And if you do have the energy to do anything, maybe work out, take a walk in nature. Just do really fun stuff so you can get yourself recharged. Now here is the really important part, once you get back to a baseline you need to put some practices in place that will prevent you from going down that burnout zone ever again.
The best strategy I've found is to get down with what I call N.N.T "You down wit N.N.T? Yeah, you know me. You down wit N.N.T? Yeah, you know me. Who's down wit N.N.T?" How's that go? That last? (Laughter) Every last homie or something. Okay, we'll figure it out.
N.N.T stands for non-negotiable time. So it's daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly time that is non-negotiable set aside for you. So non-negotiable times are just things that you do every day that are non-negotiable. Just like eating, brushing your teeth, and going to the bathroom. You don't have to think about it, it just happens. The key here is to choose simple activities. That if you do them every day, you're going to keep yourself in tip-top shape; physically, spiritually, and emotionally. This is the way that you automate your self-care.
You may have heard me say this before but I have three N.N.T activities and that's daily mediation, little daily green juice that I absolutely love, and as often as I can fit it in exercise. And I'll tell you even if I can't get to the gym for a full-on workout, I will do some crazy shit you know. Like doing squats while I'm blow drying my hair or doing like calf raises while I'm on the phone. I will fit exercise in at any junctures so you can do that, too. When I do those things, I'm on track; mentally, emotionally, and physically. And when I don't do those things, that's when the wheels start to come off for little Ms. Marie.
Of course, you've got to make a conscious effort to form this new habit but it is not rocket science. Here's a little fun factoid for you, old school used to say that it takes 21 days to form a habit but I did a little research on your behalf and the newest research suggests that it takes two months. Sixty-six days to be exact to form a new habit so you definitely have to get yourself in the motion but you can do it!
Bonus points time! What I want you to do is in the comments below this video, tell me your three N.N.T activities. Do it now! That's what we've got for you today. If you like this video, like it or share it with your friends. And if you're not yet on the newsletter list, come on over to marieforleo.com and jump on it. Thank you so much for watching and I'll catch you next time!