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Avoid Burnout Tip – Making Time to Hear Yourself

May 4, 2010

I’m reading The Artist’s Way at Work: Riding the Dragon – Twelve Weeks to Creative Freedom right now.  The authors bring up a really really good point early on in the book.

Do you take the time to listen to yourself – your inner voice? These authors advocate taking a ‘time-out”  Here’s a quote:

“The elected solitude of time-outs places us squarely back in ourselves.  As repressed sorrow emerges, we integrate it, feeling it and shifting it through reflection.”

In other word, we pay attention to the various parts of ourselves, our own inner voices (no I’m not advocating you should start hearing voices……)  For those of us who need a structured approach, the suggestion is to take time to yourself once a week for at least an hour.  Now, this is not necessarily a time for meditation or anything like that.  It’s actually a time for you to go do something you enjoy or have always wanted to do.  Try something new.

“Time-outs are about awakening our sense of wonder.  They are not about self-improvement.”

It’s all about having fun.  It’s all about exploring.

As an educator, you are better at what you do when you have a strong sense of yourself.  Sometimes, your ‘self’ can get lost in all that you do.  If that happens, give yourself a time-out.

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