First off, save the bees.
I have always been considered a busy-bee. My work ethic is something that my prior bosses, family members, and even friends comment on because I literally do not stop. I am always working, creating some sort of side hustle, and pushing myself to go further and harder. I applauded this personality trait of mine because it allowed me to feel like I was one step ahead.
However, this week I’ve been forced to stop. I have nothing to do, no plans, and no responsibility for a full seven days as I await my job start date.
So why do I feel so uncomfortable? I am a busy-bee because it allows me to feel in control. To me, the façade of being busy makes it appear like you have it together and you have purpose. To be busy, was the ultimate goal because I never wanted to appear lazy and I wanted to keep up with those around me, especially during my time at Vanderbilt. However, in the coming months I want to be more deliberate in stopping and reflecting. There’s no point of creating big goals, but not taking the time to see growth or adjust if necessary. There’s no point of always doing something, if you don’t take the time to rest and you constantly feel exhausted.
To all my busy-bees, allow yourself time to reflect, to regroup, and to rest.
- Reflect: create check-points for yourself to not only see personal growth towards goals, but to reflect on what you could improve upon.
- Regroup: if things aren’t working or if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, stop. Regroup, pull yourself together, and start again.
- Rest. Rest: I cannot stress this enough. Physically rest your body and your mind. You cannot keep pushing yourself if you do not have the energy to keep grinding.
So to my busy bees, I challenge you to take the time to rest and regroup; but, I also respect your hustle and grind 🐝