Updated: Sep 3, 2021
Well, maybe that title is a little dramatic. The post probably won't self destruct.
What about you?
Work. Sleep. Work. Sleep. Repeat? Working so hard you can barely take time for a break? More and more tasks are being asked of you with no let up in your day? How much longer can this go on, a day, a week, a month, a lifetime?
Does your day ever have a plan? Do these plans get relegated to another day because you find yourself reacting to the high importance emails, the important phone calls, the colleague who needs something done now? The emergency that has just kicked off in your department?
Everything and everyone is important, everything is a priority. Making lists just shows you how many tasks you are not doing and time being wasted, writing lists.
'If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.'
It is not a kitchen. it is quite literally a hamster wheel going nowhere, until the day you step off or fall off. You have a choice.
More and more workplaces are offering reflective practice to their staff. A time for them to step off the hamster wheel and reflect on what is going on in the workplace, their workload and how it is impacting on them. This space is offered to teams and to individuals as workplaces are waking up to the fact it is really bad for business for people to fall off the hamster wheel.
Employers are also starting to recognise how unproductive hamster wheels can be. Leaving staff feeling unmotivated, undervalued and not fulfilling their own individual potential which can impact directly on the workplace, manifesting in staff sickness, absence and staff leaving.
Reflective practice is a facilitated space to consider events and work practices, away from the hamster wheel. Why do we do some tasks a certain way? Can we do them differently? What might we do differently if a certain incident or event presents again? What would we do the same, what would we change?
It is time to step off the wheel and introduce something new into our work day. We are not hamsters.