Professional highs and lows
This tool really resonated with me on many levels. I started by plotting professional highs and lows either side of the line. I then decided to add personal elements to see if I could identify any trends.
I realised that there are some clear patterns and correlations in my life. When my work line dipped, so did my personal line and vice versa. I realised that when work got difficult my self-care went out of the window and therefore my personal line plummeted. Seeing it visually was a real slap in the face. Conversely, when things were good at work my self-care was up and I was happier and healthier.
I realised that when things are stressful at work my reaction is to crank up the work and neglect my self-care. When stressed I seem to give myself even more stress. As a result of this realisation, I now have a clear goal to try to achieve more balance. Work is still very busy, but being aware of my tendencies means I can try to take better care of myself.
It has really made me think about consistency and how I can avoid leaping between my highs and lows all the time.
I also used it with my team and they found it really useful too. I have now shared it with our wider learning and development team so hope that others will benefit from it in the future.