Take Control of Your Career to Avoid Burnout

squirrel waving

Welcome back, tribe FABULOUS!

Question… has last night’s time change affected you today? It has caused my Squirrel Syndrome to go into over-drive. On a scale of 1 to squirrel, I’m off the charts, this fine Monday. Would you mind passing the nuts, please?

Squirrel Syndrome, Do You Have It?

SQUIRREL SYNDROME: The inability to stay on topic while searching the internet along with being distracted by anything that crosses your path in life.

Have you ever logged onto your computer for a specific reason, only to find yourself an hour later engrossed in a blog tutorial about how to knit mittens for a dog you don’t even own? Ah yes, just as I suspected, you’ve got Squirrel Syndrome too!

squirrel with mouth open

If you follow me, you might remember I recently had unexpected major abdominal surgery that put me all but out of commission for a good six weeks. Six weeks later, I am still on medical restrictions, due to a six inch scar that goes from my belly button to just under my ribcage.

I’m not complaining, in fact, this event has been a life changer for me in a great many ways. You can view my YouTube Video here:

I’m incredibly grateful to share that I am very much on the mend and the last few weeks, have been able to get back to the business of blogging. However, I’m sooo far behind and am currently experiencing a combination of blogger amnesia, which is not a good mix with Squirrel Syndrome. Is there a doctor or veterinarian in the house?

squirrel pushing shopping cart

So as I sat at my desk, the backlog of to do’s spilling off my calendar, I found myself getting anxious, stressed out, my tummy tied up in a knot. No bueno!

So much to do, so little brain cells, I mean time. Then I remembered the video I made 8 days post-surgery (link above) and decided to take my own sage advice.

You see, in less than two months, I’d already forgotten some of the life-changing lessons about BALANCE that God had bestowed upon me and went right back to my norm, go, go, GO!

So here’s my self declaration; if I only manage to get two posts out a week for a while, that’s ok. If it takes me longer to do things, I need to cut myself some slack instead of pushing harder. We should resist the temptation to stay plugged in 24-7, something especially difficult for bloggers.

Hey, at least I managed to squeeze in a selfie today! Aren’t I all that and a bag of peanuts?

Self care is one of the most important gifts one can give themselves.

Jonet Wooten

9 Tips for a Healthy Work Life Balance

♦ Set limits on work hours and honor them.

♦ If you get a work-related email or text after hours, try to respond tomorrow.

♦ Unplug from electronics (yes, cell phone, you too) several hours before bedtime.

♦ Keep a calendar. I write everything in pencil…. squirrel, remember?

♦ Schedule personal time.

♦ Learn to say no, then let it go.

♦ Stop comparing yourself to others, you are an original.

♦ Get enough sleep.

♦ Laugh often.

Remember you got this girl!

??? Do you have Squirrel Syndrome ???  Join the crowd ~ there’s no need to dodge cars and hang by your tail on bird feeders alone.  

Please share this with your squirrely friends and leave a comment below if you are one of us. Heck, we might even start a support group! Ha

10 Comments on Tips For Finding A Healthy Work Life Balance

  1. Mary
    March 17, 2019 at 4:27 am (4 months ago)

    So funny! I’m fairly good at staying on task but I do feel the weight of everything I’d like to get accomplished which is, of course, impossible! xo

    • jonet
      March 18, 2019 at 5:50 pm (4 months ago)

      Hey Mary, so well said. Don’t we all have impossible expectations for ourselves? Thanks so much for your comment.

      XoXo, Jonet

  2. Amy Kennedy
    March 16, 2019 at 11:38 am (4 months ago)

    Oh yes I have squirrel syndrome! I back up to woods and honestly watch a ballet of squirrel syndrome every morning, and realize I have been staring at the squirrels much longer than I thought! Hah! So yes, I have it bad! Great advice about boundaries! And I appreciate the reminder never to compare myself to anyone else because I am an original! Love that!

    • jonet
      March 18, 2019 at 5:48 pm (4 months ago)

      You certainly are an original, sweet friend. I would get lost in the squirrel scene you described, lost in the playful ballet of your friends scampering around your yard. Thanks for your comment.

      XoXo, Jonet

  3. jodie filogomo
    March 12, 2019 at 7:20 pm (4 months ago)

    How funny because we say that to my mom….”squirrel”.
    I strive for balance but I’m terrible. One of these days, I may get it…

    • jonet
      March 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm (4 months ago)

      LOL, that’s too funny, Jodie. My family says the same thing to me. We’ll be in the car driving somewhere, me chatting away, when I see a pretty flower, bird, deer or squirrel and I’m instantly gone. Give your mom a hug for me… and some nuts. We like those.

      XoXo, Jonet

  4. Laura
    March 11, 2019 at 11:33 pm (4 months ago)

    Love love love the pics! Hilarious!

    • jonet
      March 18, 2019 at 5:35 pm (4 months ago)

      Who doesn’t love some great squirrel pics?

      XoXo, Jonet

  5. Laura
    March 11, 2019 at 11:30 pm (4 months ago)

    This fits! Thanks my friend 🙂

    • jonet
      March 18, 2019 at 5:35 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you, Laura. It’s easy for women to get lost in our to do lists. So happy you found it helpful.

      XoXo, Jonet


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