The Simple Secret to Achieving Rest


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Do you ever feel like you don't get enough rest? Well, stay tuned. I'm going to share a simple hack to ensure you get all the rest you need. Assistants, if you would like more self-care and productivity strategies geared towards you, please subscribe to my channel and hit the bell to be notified when my weekly videos go live. Here's my hack for achieving good rest. Are you ready for it?

So in order to achieve good rest, we have to schedule it in. Or at least for me. I'm such a type-A personality that unless it's on my schedule, it may not happen. And whenever I'm resting, I'll often feel guilty about taking time to rest, or I'll often feel the need to take action on things I know need to get done. But actually scheduling time on my calendar to rest has set me up for huge success, long term, and short term. I don't burn out as easily. I make sure that I am taking good care of myself in this way. And so that is my number one hack for achieving rest, especially for my type-A personalities out there. And I know there are a lot of you. Put it on your calendar.

Now, this brings me to my pro-self-care tip for this episode. Be sure to schedule your rest time first. So be sure to put the blocks of time in your calendar in which you'd like to rest and then schedule the rest of your to-dos around that. It's a great way to prioritize ourselves, and it's also a great way to ensure that we're producing great work when we are engaged with our work. I need to give credit where credit is due. The idea of scheduling your rest time isn't my own. I actually took it from Brooke Castillo's Life Coach School. She has a course in there called Monday Hour One, and I extracted that little tidbit of information and I'm sharing it with you. I just want to give credit where credit is due.

Now I'm going to give you a brief overview of what my week looks like in order to show you how this plays out in all actuality. So every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I wake up around 5:00 AM to do some writing for the Whole Assistant for about an hour to an hour and a half. Every Tuesday and Thursday, I go for a walk or do yoga early in the mornings. My husband generally gets up with my little baby early in the morning and gives him a bottle and puts him back down. So around seven o'clock, I am upstairs. I'm getting Sammy ready, I'm getting myself ready if I need to change out of my walking clothes or my workout clothes. And that is my time to kind of connect with my family and connect with my son a little bit. And then he'll either go to our nanny share or the nanny will be at our house. And I will head to the office where I will record or work on the Whole Assistant for maybe another half hour before I start my work for the day as an assistant.

I work the entire day as an assistant. I take about a half-hour break for lunch in the middle of the day, as well as a few other well-placed breaks. If you do not know or are unfamiliar with my work, I'm a huge fan of breaks. And so yeah. So then I get to the end of my day, pick up Sammy, head home, or go home and I will take a shower, I will get dinner ready, I will get Sammy ready for bed. And then once Sammy is in bed, I rest and I actually have that on my calendar every night. My family knows after 6:00 PM, it's their time. And then on Sundays, I will allow myself to work some on the Whole Assistant on Saturdays typically.

But on Sundays I do nothing. That is my complete day of rest, which means that I don't do much of anything other than plan out the following week, which only takes me about 20 minutes on a Sunday. So I will lay around and in my pajamas, I'll go for a nice long walk with my family, with my husband, but I don't do much. I don't do much at all just because I need that time to rest and rejuvenate before the next week starts.

Now I want to hear from you guys. So please leave a comment below and let me know what you plan on doing for yourself throughout the week and your weekly schedule. What does it look like now? What are you hoping it will look like when you schedule in rest? Now, you know how to achieve rest using something us assistants use all the time: our calendars. If you're interested in avoiding burnout and developing better self-care strategies, please check out my free mini masterclass, Three Steps To Beautifully Banished Burnout. The link is below. To continue this discussion and receive support from your fellow assistants, please head on over to and join our assistants only community. If you liked this video, please let me know by hitting the like button below. Also, be sure to subscribe and share this video with your fellow administrative professionals and assistants. And last but not least, if this video has helped you in any way, I want to know about it. Please leave a comment below sharing how.

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