Those of you who are regular readers have noticed I haven't posted in nearly a week. That's because I was finishing final projects for the semester in my PhD Program and the pressure got to me. Last week I slipped into a funk. I got bored and overwhelmed all at once. I was tired of my client work, tired of school, and (gasp!) even tired of this blog. Even my stash of inspirational quotes failed to revive me.
I knew I was in trouble when received a request for some career encouragement and realized the well was empty. How could this be? The Chief Encouragement Officer with nothing encouraging to say? Then I remembered something wise my father-in-law once told me:
"It's very easy to think you are tired of someONE or someTHING when the reality is, you are just TIRED." ~ CEO's Father-in-Law
Wise words. I figured there was a reason I had recalled them, so I heeded them. I turned in my final projects on Thursday. Then Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night I resisted the urge to celebrate the end of the semester by staying up late to watch Law & Order re-runs and instead went to sleep. Lot's of sleep. As in 10 hours a night.
The result? I feel so much better - refreshed, alive...encouraged! I've got several interesting and helpful postings planned for the upcoming weeks, so be sure to check back often. And in the meantime, if you are starting to feel overwhelmed with the rush of spring activities and it's beginning make you feel down about your career, I encourage you to take a step back and consider whether or not you've been getting enough sleep? Before making any drastic changes, take some time to sleep on it (literally) and things really will look better in the morning!