Are You At The End Of Yet Another Long Work Day, Feeling Exhausted?

Nov 02, 2022

Are you at the end of yet another 10 to 12-hour work day, feeling exhausted and realizing you haven't even taken a moment for yourself?

You know this pace isn't sustainable, but you don't know what you could possibly take off your plate or how you can get out of survival mode.

People assume that you must put in the long hours to be successful or to keep up with it all, but the truth is that you simply cannot be the best leader (or parent or partner) you can be when you're feeling exhausted and overwhelmed each day.

Even if you are recognized for performing at a high level, I guarantee you are not operating at your highest potential and you will eventually hit a wall.

(We all hit a wall at some point).

Here's the thing. You have a choice. You can continue to "succeed" like everyone else who is spread thin and exhausted, or you can decide enough is enough and find a different way to be successful. One with more focus, joy and presence.

To work less and contribute in a deeper way. To own your day and take back control of your time. To take care of yourself and shine as a leader in a whole new way.

But when you're overloaded, knowing where to start can be challenging. I get it!

Oftentimes people don't take any meaningful steps to change their situation, and are waiting, hoping and wishing for the day when their workload will lighten up.

That day never seems to come, does it? Instead of waiting for your external circumstances to change, focus on what you CAN do.

It's the small daily shifts you make in your focus, decisions and priorities, and the small steps you take toward creating boundaries, saying no, and carving out breathing space, that ultimately can get you to where you want to do.

So, what can you do right now? Start with taking something off your plate. This is the easiest way to create some breathing space!

Ask yourself, what would make your next week easier? What needs to give for you?

Is it to step off a lower priority project, decline some meetings, or stop responding to emails 24/7?

Is it to lighten your load at home, ask for help or let someone else take on some of the responsibilities?

Is it to stop worrying about what everyone else thinks and honor your boundaries and what you really need?

‘Something has to give’ means that the current situation cannot remain as it is. Take this as your sign. It's time.

Besides, life is simply too short to spend day after day working long hours and exhausted!

All my best,



What Next?

Wherever you are on your journey, I'm here to support you in the way that works best for you!

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Stacey L. Olson is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach and has 15 years of corporate experience. She works with leaders and professionals who want to create more balance, stress less, AND still perform at a high level. Stacey is the founder of the 'The Balanced Leader' coaching program and offers executive and leadership coaching, workshops, and speaking.


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