Is there an epidemic in nature conservation?
An epidemic where everybody works all of the time?
An epidemic where you must reply to emails at weekends, evenings, while on holidays, or while at an important conference?
An epidemic that is eating away at our personal lives, at our sense of perspective, at our core values?
How can we expect others to value nature when we can’t even value ourselves?
Cal Newport writes in his book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World that when we work too much we lose the ability to filter out the irrelevant. So it becomes a vicious cycle of working too hard and being caught up in the irrelevant! Not the best path to addressing one of the biggest global crises.
Instead, we need to recognise our addiction and its damaging effects on ourselves, our families, and our work. And then do something about it.
Some of our key tips to curing this epidemic include:
If you’re worried that you might be over-working, check out Julia Cameron’s book The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self It includes a fantastic quiz to help you identify if you are a workaholic or not. If you find yourself in the workaholic category, try a few of the suggestions above.
Managing your work/life balance better means you are free to be the Wonder Woman you were made to be!
We Are All Wonder Women is an international movement for female conservation professionals to be inspired, connected, and empowered to create an authentic, fulfilling and happy career.