Over the years, I have gone in and out of so many seasons where I felt on the edge of burnout. Frustrated at home. Creatively dry at work. Freaked out about money. Etc.
Sometimes I’ll realize that I’ve unintentionally allowed myself to develop habits that pull me away from a life with margin. From things such as letting my spending slip beyond what is budgeted; to checking Twitter and email during any spare moment; or sacrificing my workout routine in order to work longer hours during the day.
I even have a disposition of taking on too many responsibilities, and then finding myself stretched thin. Something I talk about in the video at the end of this email.
To be blunt: A life without margin sucks.
It will suck the air right out of your life.
When my life is low on margin, I can feel it.
I get anxious.
There is a heavy burden that I can’t put my finger on.
I will wake up feeling an urgency to do something and keep busy yet I don’t have a clear aim… I’ll feel afraid, frustrated, nervous, and I don’t know why.
I have spent years figuring out solutions to the challenges we all face related to focus, time management, and margin.
As I’ve examined my own habits, I have worked hard to create a lifestyle that is conducive to living with margin on a consistent basis.
It definitely fluctuates. But.. that’s the point.
Margin is what allows that fluctuation in the areas of our lives. That’s literally what breathing is.
Over on our sister site, we’ve been hard at work building a new training: The Margin Course.
Registration for The Margin Course is now open, and will be for the next few days.
What you will discover in The Margin Course are the same tactics, ideas, and mindsets that have allowed me keep breathing room in my work life and personal life.
These are the things that have helped me recognize when I am lacking margin as well as the tactics I employ in order to regain it.
And, as an Apple nerd, I have also been sure to include several lessons that cover technology usage and mindsets so that we can get the most from our devices.