Have you ever had that feeling where you were just overwhelmed at work?
Pretty normal feeling, right?
Where you’ve had so many things go on, you just could not get your head straight. Your To Do list had taken on a mind of its own and you weren’t sure if you wanted to scream, cry, or curl up in a ball praying it would all pass. Ever get to that kind of overwhelm?
Cool, me either.
Just kidding - I know EXACTLY what that feeling is like.
In fact, that was me just a couple of weeks ago. I had a ton on my plate, was trying to strategically plan and couldn’t get an ounce of mental clarity to save my soul. I was exhausted, frustrated, and felt like I wasn’t making any progress. Now having the language of my Enneagram type, I knew I was on the brink of a full blown meltdown. The burnout I was teetering on was about to explode in front of me.
I’ve reached that type of breakdown before and I knew better.
I knew it was time to call a timeout.
So, I hopped on Airbnb, blocked off my calendar, and declared it was time for a workcation where I could steal away for a bit.
And y’all, it was the BEST thing I’ve done for myself this year.
If you’re on the verge a professional breakdown - whether you’re a 9-to-5’r or a business owner - a professional retreat will 1000% do you some good.
How to know if it’s time to set aside the time and money for a quick retreat:
- If you feel like you have a zillion things to do and you cannot prioritize
- If you’re hitting a writing block
- If you’re struggling to work on your career/business instead of just in it
- If you’re just thoroughly exhausted and need clarity and can’t get it
- If you’re in the job search process and you need private time to just work on it free of distractions
- If your To Do list is 5 pages long and you just need to accomplish at least 3 of those things ASAP
- If you just want to practice Sabbath and rest like the good Lord told ya to!
If you answered yes to more than one of those above, it may be time to plan a retreat.
Need help with that?
Well, friend, I’m so glad you asked.
Here are some pointers to prepare for a personal/professional retreat:
You don’t have to go far
Lots of people think you need to get on an airplane to retreat. Nope, you just need to go to an environment that’s different from your own. Maybe a friend will lend you their home because they are going away for the weekend. Or you can camp out at your parent’s place. Or you can find an Airbnb like I did near to your home, but far enough away that it gives the allusion that you’re taking a trip. Just go.
Prepare before you go
The week leading up to my retreat, I planned out exactly what I wanted to accomplish - personally and professionally. For me, I wanted to spend some intentional time mulling over three big areas of my life:
- If I would continue to take 1:1 clients
- The Lord’s thoughts on my dating life
- Strategically plan out a marketing plan based off my decision with the 1:1 clients
I also made a list of things I would NOT think about, as much as I could help.
- No working on podcast episodes
- No doing client work
- No Instagramming
- Staying off my computer as much as possible
I really wanted to detox my brain and get it focused on the tasks at hand. I went out an bought some markers, post its, and a massive poster board so I could easily move ideas around.
Create space for rest
I brought an entrepreneurial friend with me which was such a Godsend! I was so grateful for time with her. We slept in, had an easy morning, spent time in our Bibles, and then went to cracking on some work. We’d take intentional breaks for a walk in nature, cooking, and drinking some wine. And of course some Law & Order SVU! I didn’t want the whole trip to be about work, but really connecting with my why and spending time with the Lord….a relationship I had been neglecting in the crazy.
That trip helped me make some big strategic moves, rework how I utilize my Marketing Manager, and give the Zzzzzz’s my body needed.
Some of the things I accomplished on my trip:
- Slept 8 hours! Y’all that is quite the accomplishment
- Created a long-term strategy
- Decided to not take on any 1:1 clients unless I felt REALLY called to it
- Crafted an outline for my first online course
- Sifted through some limiting beliefs on the dating end
- Spent some healthy time in my Bible
I loved it so much, I’m thinking about making this a quarterly habit. It was just what the doctor ordered and much more.
I want to hear from you - have you ever attempted to take a professional retreat? What are the biggest things you learned from the experience?
On the Verge of a Professional Breakdown? Take a Retreat.
March 7, 2019